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Natan Sharansky Quotes and Sayings

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In contrast, fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.
- Natan Sharansky

Free societies are societies in which the right of dissent is protected.
- Natan Sharansky

The only peace that can be made with a dictator is
once that must be based on deterrence.
For today, the dictator may be your friend,
but tomorrow he will need you as an enemy.
- Natan Sharansky

The central premise behind Oslo was that if Arafat
were given enough legitimacy,
territory, weapons and money, he would use his power
to fight terror and make peace with Israel.
- Natan Sharansky

 

Believe me, the drug of freedom is universally potent.
- Natan Sharansky

The message of the free world to any potential Palestinian
leadership should be a simple one:
Embrace democratic reform and we will embrace you.
- Natan Sharansky

Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question
will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.
- Natan Sharansky

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I am optimistic that peace can be achieved in the region
because I believe that every society on earth can be
free and that if freedom comes to the Middle East,
there can be peace.
- Natan Sharansky

On the other hand, if the free world is concerned with
how a new Palestinian leader governs,
then the peace process will have a real chance to succeed.
- Natan Sharansky

Of course, there can be serious injustices within free societies.
- Natan Sharansky

To understand why dictators have a problem with making peace -
or at least a genuine peace -
the link between the nature of a regime and its external
behavior must be understood.
- Natan Sharansky

I have no doubt that given a real choice,
the vast majority of Muslims and Arabs,
like everyone else will choose a free society over a fear society.
- Natan Sharansky

I was inspired to write this book by those who are
sceptical of the power of freedom to change the world.
- Natan Sharansky

Japan is not a Western democracy.
The Japanese have kept their traditions,
culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.
- Natan Sharansky

It is not surprising, then, that in the decade since Oslo began,
Arafat used all the resources placed at his disposal
to fan the flames of hatred against Israel.
- Natan Sharansky

Arafat rejected the deal because, as a dictator who
had directed all his energies toward strengthening
the Palestinians hatred toward Israel,
Arafat could not afford to make peace.
- Natan Sharansky

Unfortunately, little attention was paid to how Arafat ruled.
In fact, some saw the harsh and repressive nature of
Arafat's regime as actually bolstering the prospects for peace.
- Natan Sharansky

Non-democratic regimes always need to mobilize their
people against external enemies in order to maintain internal stability.
- Natan Sharansky

This scepticism is the same scepticism I heard a generation
ago in the USSR when few thought that a democratic
transformation behind the iron curtain was possible.
- Natan Sharansky

There were no dissidents then in the USSR because they were all killed.
- Natan Sharansky

The three main sources of scepticism are first,
that not every people desires freedom;
second,
that democracy in certain parts of the world would be dangerous;
and third,
that there is little the world's democracies can do
to advance freedom outside their countries.
- Natan Sharansky

By helping readers understand these mechanics,
I hope they will appreciate why freedom is for everyone,
why it is essential for our security and why the free
world plays a critically important role in advancing
democracy around the globe.
- Natan Sharansky

It is important to remember that some of the most serious
thinkers once thought that democracy was not compatible
with the cultures of Germany,
Italy, Japan, Latin America and Russia.
- Natan Sharansky

People may believe that there can be a society where
dissent is not permitted,
but which is nonetheless not a fear society because
everyone agrees with one another and therefore no one wants to dissent.
- Natan Sharansky

When we are unwilling to draw clear moral lines between
free societies and fear societies,
when we are unwilling to call the former good and the latter evil,
we will not be able to advance the cause of peace because
peace cannot be disconnected from freedom.
- Natan Sharansky

My optimism is not based primarily on the successful
march of democracy in recent times but rather is based
on the experience of having lived in a fear society
and studied the mechanics of tyranny that sustain such a society.
- Natan Sharansky

The two most important things that can be done to promote
democracy in the world is first,
to bring moral clarity back to world affairs and second,
to link international policies to the advance of democracy around the globe.
- Natan Sharansky

By focusing once and for all on helping the Palestinians build a free society,
I have no doubt that an historic compromise between
Israelis and Palestinians can be reached and that peace can prevail.
- Natan Sharansky

Just as the 99% of Soviet citizens who supported the
Soviet regime in 1985 was no indication of what the
people inside the USSR really thought,
the army of true believers that we think we see in
the Arab world is an illusion.
- Natan Sharansky

Only weeks after Oslo began, when nearly all the world
and most of Israel was drunk with the idea of peace,
I argued that a Palestinian society not constrained
by democratic norms would be a fear society that would
pose a grave threat to Israel.
- Natan Sharansky

Democratic leaders, whose power is ultimately dependent on popular support,
are held accountable for failing to improve the lives of their citizens.
Therefore, they have a powerful incentive to keep their
societies peaceful and prosperous.
- Natan Sharansky

Can someone within that society walk into the town
square and say what they want without fear of being
punished for his or her views? If so,
then that society is a free society.
If not, it is a fear society.
- Natan Sharansky

A mentality of scarcity - of lack -
is the natural consequence of
viewing the world through eyes of fear.
In contrast, when the world is viewed
through eyes of love,
the future becomes unlimited.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant
intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.
- Sigmund Freud

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

In contrast, traditional classical music starts from
an abstract musical schema.
This is then notated and only expressed in concrete sound as a last stage,
when it is performed.
- Pierre Schaeffer

Contrast is what makes photography interesting.
- Conrad Hall

I try to contrast; life today is full of contrast...
We have to change.
- Gianni Versace

But in Christianity, by contrast, the freedom of the
children of God was also freedom from all important worldly interests,
from all art and science, etc.
- Bruno Bauer

Simultaneous contrast is not just a curious optical phenomenon -
it is the very heart of painting.
- Josef Albers

In marked contrast to the University of Wisconsin,
Biochemistry was hardly visible at Stanford in 1945,
consisting of only two professors in the chemistry department.
- Paul D. Boyer

In contrast, the control you have in a theatre is very attractive to me.
- Judi Dench

In contrast to what most prosecutors do,
we try to treat all individuals with complete fairness.
We do not go out and hold press conferences and the like.
- Kenneth Starr

To contrast national solidarity and international cooperation
as two opposites seems foolish to me.
- Gustav Stresemann

Contrast the United States with any country on the
face of the earth today and ask yourself whether the
situation of the United States is not the best to be found.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

Within this widest concept of object,
and specifically within the concept of individual object,
Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other.
- Edmund Husserl

There are dark shadows on the earth,
but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
- Charles Dickens

There is no quality in this world that is not what
it is merely by contrast.
Nothing exists in itself.
- Herman Melville

In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the
genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can.
- Maurice Baring

Which is probably the reason why I work exclusively in black and white...
to highlight that contrast.
- Leonard Nimoy

In cloning, in contrast, reproduction is asexual -
the cloned child is the product not of two but of one.
- Leon Kass

I thought it was a really good contrast to have a really sweet,
sincere, church girl sitting next to the church lady who seemed kind of,
you know, over the top.
- Victoria Jackson

Michigan is two radically different places -
the North and the South which makes for good drama and contrast.
- Jim Harrison

When there were fears about the future of this nation's older cities...
when a few of the cities teetered on the brink of bankruptcy,
all eyes were focused on Chicago for contrast.
- Jane Byrne

The home stands in contrast to all other capitalist
institutions as the last stronghold of pre-capitalist isolation.
- C. L. R. James

I know that when I make a record like The Delivery
Man as a contrast to even Il Sogno,
this is going to reach a wider audience,
because it communicates in that very direct way.
- Elvis Costello

The duty of a toastmaster is to be so dull that the
succeeding speakers will appear brilliant by contrast.
- Clarence Budington Kelland

Our world and our state have been transformed,
but, in contrast, we as people have not been.
- Ruth Ann Minner

The cultural contrast I saw between religions...
Catholics have a lot of mediators, going through saints and Mary or whatever.
Protestants in general say things to God directly.
- Robert Duvall

Everything was in stark and dreadful contrast with
the trivial crises and counterfeit emotions of Hollywood,
and I returned to England deeply moved and emotionally worn out.
- C. S. Forester

What a revolting contrast exists in England between
the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.
- Flora Tristan

In the photographs themselves there's a definite contrast
between the figures and the location -
I like that kind of California backyard look;
clapboard houses,
staircases outdoors.
- Helmut Newton

It has been shown that, in contrast to everything which
classical national economy has hitherto taught,
not the producer but the consumer is the ruling factor in economic life.
- Hjalmar Schacht

As a means of contrast with the sublime,
the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
- Victor Hugo

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between
its ideals and its realities,
between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
- Agnes Repplier

The Israeli government has proved over the past year its commitment to peace,
both in words and deeds.
By contrast, the Palestinians are posing preconditions
for renewing the diplomatic process in a way they have
not done over the course of 16 years.
- Benjamin Netanyahu

Contrast that with the call of the Liberal Democrats in April,
when they were prepared to call upon the British people
to participate in a 24-hour strike.
It shows how far to the right the Labour Party's gone.
- Arthur Scargill

The little may contrast with the great,
in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it.
Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also
colors contrary to each other,
that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock
the eye when brought very near it.
- Voltaire

The good moral work of art should have all the qualities
that a good amoral work of art should have,
such as formal unity, balance, contrast,
and a sensitivity to the material out of which it is made.
- Norman McLaren

It was easy to present figures demonstrating the contrast
between lead work in the United States under conditions
of neglect and ignorance,
and comparable work in England and Germany,
under intelligent control.
- Alice Hamilton


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