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I don’t think you can work on feelings in politics, apart from anything else, political change can come very unexpectedly, sometimes overnight when you least expect it.



I think I should be active politically. Because I look upon myself as a politician. That’s not a dirty work you know. Some people think that there are something wrong with politicians. Of course, something wrong with some politicians.



War is not the only arena where peace is done to death.



My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace - it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.



What does Burma have to give the United States? We can give you the opportunity to engage with people who are ready and willing to change a society.



It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.



The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged.



In politics, you also have to be cautiously optimistic.



In general people feel more relaxed about participating in politics. They aren’t frightened as they used to be.



Frankly, if you do politics, you should not be thinking about your dignity.



I don’t think you can work on feelings in politics, apart from anything else, political change can come very unexpectedly, sometimes overnight when you least expect it.



Maybe it is something to do with age, but I have become fonder of poetry than of prose.



My opinion is the greatest reward that any government could get is the approval of the people. If the people are happy and the people are at peace and the government has done something for them, that’s the greatest reward I think any government could hope for.



The Nobel Peace Prize opened up a door in my heart.



War is not the only arena where peace is done to death.



Peace as a goal is an ideal which will not be contested by any government or nation, not even the most belligerent.



My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace - it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.



I don’t want to see the military falling. I want to see the military rising to dignified heights of professionalism and true patriotism.



I haven’t heard any music on the BBC World Service in a long time. Maybe I’m listening at the wrong times. But not one single piece of music.



I don’t understand why people say that I am full of courage. I feel terribly nervous.



I don’t think you can work on feelings in politics, apart from anything else, political change can come very unexpectedly, sometimes overnight when you least expect it.



For me, ’revolution’ simply means radical change.



The democracy process provides for political and social change without violence.



Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.



Since we live in this world, we have to do our best for this world.



My attitude is, do as much as I can while I’m free. And if I’m arrested I’ll still do as much as I can.



My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace - it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.



One person alone can’t do anything as important as bringing genuine democracy to a country.



I think sometimes if you are alone, you are freer because your time is your own.



Maybe it is something to do with age, but I have become fonder of poetry than of prose.