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Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible,
by Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Therefore, the question is not whether such democratization is possible,
but instead how to meet the yearning of the masses
in the Middle East for democracy;
in other words,
how to achieve democratization in the Middle East.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The US and the European Union needs to help in the
translation of the demand for democracy into a political will.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

However, democracy cannot be defined as the existence
of parliaments and elections alone.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

But foremost, I do not subscribe to the view that Islamic
culture and democracy cannot be reconciled.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

 

I take the debate on the method of promoting democracy seriously.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East
and in the wider Muslim world for democratization.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Even as we ought to accept that each country would
progress with a different method and speed toward that goal,
the standard for the expected end-state should not be lowered.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made:
In the Middle East and in the Muslim world,
suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The foundations of democratic transition should be
laid in accordance with a sincere and committed strategy
that is supported by various policy tools,
and implemented wisely.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Several experts on the Middle East concur that the
Middle East cannot be democratized.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It is essential that policy instruments be developed
that would firmly establish democratization on the
basis of social consensus and enable transformation on stable grounds.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I am aware of the thesis that the United States has
long since invested exclusively in stability and this
has obviated democratic transformation in the Middle East.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A fitting external security environment could also
play an important role in promoting social consensus
and institutionalization towards democratization.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In other words, the bar should be maintained at the
level of a pluralistic and participatory democracy.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel
is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It is obvious that putting the Arab-Israeli dispute
on a resolution track would be an important element
of overcoming the confidence problem in the region.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

As a politician who cherishes religious conviction in his personal sphere,
but regards politics as a domain belonging outside religion,
I believe that this view is seriously flawed.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Paramount is the need to secure human rights.
The form of rule should be such that the citizen does
not have to fear the State,
but gives it direction and confidently participates in its administration.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies,
but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to
establishing democratic rule at universal standards.
Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A confidence problem exists on the part of the people
of the region who desire democratic rule in principle,
but remain suspicious of both the fashion with which
democratization is presented and the purposes of the democratic world.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally
positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel,
as well as on the region and the international community.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I should like to repeat what I stated recently in the
Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia:
It won't be the religion,
but rather the world-view of some of its followers
that shall be made current.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

According to this view, democracy is a product of western culture,
and it cannot be applied to the Middle East which has a different cultural,
religious, sociological and historical background.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Similarly, gender-equality, supremacy of law,
political participation, civil society,
and transparency are among the indispensable elements
that are the imperatives of democratization.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

I regard the endorsement of both the objective and a method -
which can differ from one country to another-
of democratization by the parties in the region as
a basic requisite of democratization in the Middle East.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The advanced levels which the democratic world has
attained at the end of lengthy processes may have created
the perception in the region that democracy is a distant concept;
this perception can be addressed.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Muslim world and its subset the countries of the
Middle East have been left behind in the marathon of political,
economic and human development.
For that, there is a tendency to blame others as the primary cause.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In this context, social consensus, and institutions
that embody this consensus,
must be made effective in order for democratization
not to be abused as a provisional instrument to establish
an anti-democratic regime.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

What should be targeted is a concept of organic,
and not just mechanic, democracy that preserves the rule of law,
separation of powers, and that is participatory and pluralistic.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Similarly, it is argued that the culture of Islam is
incompatible with democracy.
Basically, this conventional perspective of the Middle
East thus contends that democracy in that region is
neither possible nor even desirable.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Even in the Western world, one cannot argue that the
ideal has been achieved given the existence of issues like the integration,
participation and representation of Muslim citizens,
and occasional but lingering anti-Semitism.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

My visit to the United States has also given me the
opportunity to emphasize the objective of establishing
close and intensive links between the Turkish and American peoples,
scholars and businessmen.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Invariably, also a Palestinian state should live side
by side with Israel within recognized and secure borders
and the security and prosperity of the Palestinian
people must be guaranteed.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

All paths are the same, leading nowhere.
Therefore, pick a path with heart!
- Carlos Castaneda

I think therefore I am.
- Rene Descartes

Many people know so little about what
is beyond their short range of experience.
They look within themselves - and find nothing!
Therefore they conclude that there
is nothing outside themselves either.
- Helen Keller

Your pain is the breaking of the shell
that encloses your understanding.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the
physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink
his remedy in silence and tranquility.
- Khalil Gibran

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

No one is in control of your happiness but you;
therefore, you have the power to change anything
about yourself or your life that you want to change.
- Barbara De Angelis

I expect to pass through this world but once.
Any good therefore that I can do,
or any kindness that I can show to my fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.
- William Penn

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.
And man can be as big as he wants.
No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
- John F. Kennedy

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

One cannot have wisdom without perspective,
but once gaining perspective, one attains wisdom.
Wisdom is the ability to view every situation
as each person who is in any way affected
by that situation might view it.
Wisdom benefits from having a knowledge of history,
and therefore a historical perspective,
as well from as having the perspective of imagination -
the realm of the what-might-be
inhabited by futurists and science-fiction writers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are all connected to everyone and everything in the universe.
Therefore, everything one does as an individual affects the whole.
All thoughts, words, images, prayers, blessings,
and deeds are listened to by all that is.
- Serge Kahili King

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If someone irritates you, it is only
your own response that is irritating you.
Therefore, when anyone seems to be provoking you,
remember that it is only your judgment
of the incident that provokes you. -
- Epictetus

Time = Life, Therefore, waste your time and waste of your life,
or master your time and master your life.
- Alan Lakein

A boxer's diet should be low in fat and high in proteins and sugar.
Therefore you should eat plenty of lean meat,
milk, leafy vegetables, and fresh fruit and ice cream for sugar.
- Gene Tunney

We, therefore, here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder
with our American friends in this hour of tragedy,
and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world.
- Tony Blair

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

I can, therefore I am.
- Simone Weil

Since new developments are
the products of a creative mind,
we must therefore stimulate and encourage
that type of mind in every way possible.
- George Washington Carver

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon

I rant, therefore I am.
- Dennis Miller

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food;
therefore,
if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life
merely for the sake of his appetite.
- Leo Tolstoy

Architecture arouses sentiments in man.
The architect's task therefore, is to make those sentiments more precise.
- Adolf Loos

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

Indeed it can be argued that to make a powerful film
you must care about the subject,
therefore powerful films tend to be both political and partisan in nature.
- Ben Edwards

For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit.
This produces the very queer world we live in,
a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.
- Joyce Cary

If we were all determined to play the first violin
we should never have an ensemble.
therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
- Robert Schumann

Woe, woe, woe...
in a little while we shall all be dead.
Therefore let us behave as though we were dead already.
- Raymond Chandler

Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise,
Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
Pass,
therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.
- Omar Khayyam

My father is black and my mother is white.
Therefore, I could answer to either,
which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger,
caught between two communities.
- Wentworth Miller

Friendships, in general, are suddenly contracted;
and therefore it is no wonder they are easily dissolved.
- Joseph Addison

Jehovah created the earth and therefore it is his by right of creation.
- Joseph Franklin Rutherford

I therefore named this isolated and remarkable feature Swan Hill.
- Thomas Mitchell

Because men believe not in Providence,
therefore they do so greedily scrape and hoard.
They do not believe in any reward for charity,
therefore they will part with nothing.
- Isaac Barrow

It is because the fight against the harshest aspects
of unrestricted capitalism is therefore a political
problem and not an intellectual one that community
action remains so essential.
- Barney Frank

Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development:
this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system
that finally reacted against us.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I often find that having an idea in my head prevents
me from doing something else.
Working is therefore a way of getting rid of an idea.
- Jasper Johns


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