Aung San Suu Kyi Quotes

1945 -

Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking to supporters after her 2010 release
Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking to supporters after her 2010 release. CKN/Getty Images

Aung San Suu Kyi became head of the Burmese National League for Democracy in 1988, opposing the military government of Myanmar (Burma). She was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her human rights work. She has been under house arrest or imprisoned by the military government for her dissident work.

Selected Aung San Suu Kyi Quotations

• Our struggle for democracy is a struggle for our everyday life.

• Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.

• The people of Burma are like prisoners in their own country, deprived of all freedom under military rule.

• You can never separate the political system of a country from the way you conduct your daily life.

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

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

• As my father's daughter, I felt I had a duty to get involved.

• 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.

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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis.

This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.

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