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Shirin Ebadi Quotes and Sayings

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My aim is to show that those governments that violate
the rights of people by invoking the name of Islam
have been misusing Islam.
- Shirin Ebadi

When a person is humiliated, when his rights are being violated,
and he does not have the proper education,
naturally he gravitates toward terrorism.
- Shirin Ebadi

Lawyers have a dangerous job in Iran.
- Shirin Ebadi

Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture,
but they are also its carriers.
Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised
in the confines of his mother's home.
- Shirin Ebadi

 

The Iranian government intends to use the nuclear program for peaceful purposes,
but must convince international public opinion of that.
- Shirin Ebadi

Human rights is a universal standard.
It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
- Shirin Ebadi

I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson
to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected.
- Shirin Ebadi

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I maintain that nothing useful and lasting can emerge from violence.
- Shirin Ebadi

Lawyers should not be charged with the same crimes as their clients.
Trials related to political charges are not in accordance with human rights.
- Shirin Ebadi

Sadly the job security of lawyers has been ruined,
so they are less willing to defend political defendants.
- Shirin Ebadi

We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view
regarding religion on others by force,
oppression, or pressure.
- Shirin Ebadi

What is important is that one utilizes one's intellect
and not to be 100 percent sure about one's convictions.
One should always leave room for doubt.
- Shirin Ebadi

No American soldier should be allowed to set foot on Iranian soil,
regardless of the criticism we have of the Iranian government.
- Shirin Ebadi

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
- Shirin Ebadi

The condition of women in Islamic societies as a whole
is also far from desirable.
However, we should acknowledge that there are differences.
In certain countries, the conditions are much better
and in others much worse.
- Shirin Ebadi

When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government,
the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp.
The funny thing is that human rights activists and
Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group.
- Shirin Ebadi

Democracy doesn't recognize east or west;
democracy is simply people's will.
Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy;
there is just democracy itself.
- Shirin Ebadi

How can you defy fear? Fear is a human instinct,
just like hunger.
Whether you like it or not, you become hungry.
Similarly with fear.
But I have learned to train myself to live with this fear.
- Shirin Ebadi

A leader is most effective when people barely know he exists.
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
his troops will feel they did it themselves.
- Lao Tzu

Only aim to do your duty,
and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
- Thomas Jefferson

Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals,
that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

A leader is best when people barely know he exists;
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say: we did it ourselves.
- Lao Tzu

Always aim at complete harmony
of thought and word and deed.
Always aim at purifying your thoughts
and everything will be well.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

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

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

A leader is best when people barely know he exists,
not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
worst when they despise him.
But of a good leader, who talks little,
when his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
they will say, "We did this ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply
about what you believe in.
When you stumble, keep faith.
When you're knocked down, get right back up.
And never listen to anyone who says
you can't or shouldn't go on.
- Hilary Clinton

Whatever your work and whatever its worth,
No matter how strong or clever,
Some one will sneer if you pause to hear,
And scoff at your best endeavor.
For the target art has a broad expanse,
And wherever you chance to hit it,
Though close be your aim to the bull's-eye fame,
There are those who will never admit it.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Don't aim for success if you want it;
just do what you love and believe in,
and it will come naturally.
- David Frost

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something,
but to be something.
- Muhammed Iqbal

Make big plans; aim high in hope and work,
remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
- Daniel Burnham

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance.
- Aristotle

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.
Aim at earth and you get neither.
- C. S. Lewis

The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein

The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting
our aim too high and falling short;
but in setting our aim too low,
and achieving our mark.
- Michelangelo

We now need to look beyond our immediate future and aim higher and farther.
- Paul Biya

Providence has nothing good or high in store for one
who does not resolutely aim at something high or good.
A purpose is the eternal condition of success.
- Thornton Wilder

Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical
or it will cease to be culture.
- Johan Huizinga

The secondary attack was made against The Hague.
Its aim was to get a hold upon the Dutch capital,
and in particular to capture the Government offices
and the Service headquarters.
- Kurt Student

The real killers in the business world aren't the ones who aim for the top,
it's the ones who aim for two notches below the top.
- Doug Coupland

The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure,
but to avoid pain.
- Aristotle

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at,
with originality, which they should never bother about.
- W. H. Auden

Having an aim is the key to achieving your best.
- Henry J. Kaiser

I aim to tell the truth about any subject,
not a romance or fantasy, not avoid the truth.
- Anita Desai

A boy carries out suggestions more wholeheartedly when
he understands their aim.
- Robert Baden-Powell

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence.
- B. R. Ambedkar

Let woman out of the home, let man into it,
should be the aim of education.
The home needs man, and the world outside needs woman.
- Pearl S. Buck

Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous.
- Plato

The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life:
Try to be Shakespeare,
leave the rest to fate!
- Robert Browning

The aim of the poet, or other artist,
is first to make something; and it's impossible to
make something out of words and not communicate.
- James Schuyler

Not failure, but low aim is sin.
- Benjamin E. Mays

Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination
of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please
or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.
- Kingman Brewster, Jr.

The very aim and end of our institutions is just this:
that we may think what we like and say what we think.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The aim of every authentic artist is not to conform to the history of art,
but to release himself from it in order to replace it with his own history.
- Harold Rosenberg

My life has no purpose, no direction,
no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy.
I can't figure it out.
What am I doing right?
- Charles M. Schulz

My aim in painting has always been the most exact transcription
possible of my most intimate impression of nature.
- Edward Hopper

Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
- James Russell Lowell

Discussion is just a tool.
You have to aim; the final goal must be a decision.
- Harri Holkeri

The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be,
not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
- Frederick William Robertson

Unless you are a genius, it is best to aim at being intelligible.
- Anthony Hope

In the past ABC has made half-hearted efforts or,
worse, cosmetic efforts, to do something about news
and I wasn't certain about what their real aim was -
nor am I now.
- Roone Arledge

It will take very sophisticated marketing to achieve
our aim of bringing more black people into the theater.
- Alvin Ailey

Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction,
and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim.
- Jane Austen

But, after all, the aim of art is to create space -
space that is not compromised by decoration or illustration,
space within which the subjects of painting can live.
- Frank Stella

I undertake the same project as Montaigne,
but with an aim contrary to his own:
for he wrote his Essays only for others,
and I write my reveries only for myself.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I aim my arrangements at what will fit and colorfully
frame the song in the best way possible.
- Les Baxter

I never expected that.
I didn't aim for that.
All I wanted was to get some nice pictures of trains at night.
- O. Winston Link

When Americans shoot movies they aim at the entire planet.
When the French make movies, they aim at Paris.
- Jean-Jacques Annaud


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