Benazir Bhutto

Benazir
Bhutto
1953
2007

Pakistani Politician, Prime Minister

Author Quotes

All our problems, all our disputes, all our disagreements can be resolved quickly to mutual satisfaction if we address the question.

Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value -- democracy.

I fully understand the men behind Al Qaeda. They have tried to assassinate me twice before. The Pakistan Peoples Party and I represent everything they fear the most ? moderation, democracy, equality for women, information, and technology. We represent the future of a modern Pakistan, a future that has no place in it for ignorance, intolerance, and terrorism. The forces of moderation and democracy must, and will, prevail against extremism and dictatorship. I will not be intimidated. I will step out on the tarmac in Karachi not to complete a journey, but to begin one. Despite threats of death, I will not acquiesce to tyranny, but rather lead the fight against it.

It's true that General Musharraf opposes my return, seeing me as a symbol of democracy in the country. He is comfortable with dictatorship. I hope better sense prevails.

Pakistan's future viability, stability and security lie in empowering its people and building political institutions. My goal is to prove that the fundamental battle for the hearts and minds of a generation can be accomplished only under democracy.

The people who resent me do so because I'm a woman, I'm young, and I'm a Bhutto. Well, the simple answer is, it doesn't matter that I'm a woman, it doesn't matter that I'm young, and it's a matter of pride that I'm a Bhutto.

While living in America when I attended Harvard in the early 1970s, I saw for myself the awesome, almost miraculous, power of a people to change policy through democratic means.

All through the years of the Soviet empire, its Politburo held 'elections.' Of course, calling something an election and actually having it be an election are different things.

Despite threats of death, I will not acquiesce to tyranny, but rather lead the fight against it

I have led an unusual life. I have buried a father killed at age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime of their lives. I raised my children as a single mother when my husband was arrested and held for eight years without a conviction - a hostage to my political career.

I've never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal.

Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.

The political parties have unanimously rejected the one-man constitutional changes.

Without patience and perseverance, a great achievement is impossible.

Americans began with a president [Richard M. Nixon] who couldn't tell a lie and now they have one who can't tell the truth.

Don't worry; I'm going to be safe, and God willing I'm going to be safe

I know death comes. I've seen too much death, young death.

Just before the attacks happened, I was very happy. The procession was one enormous party, the atmosphere was joyful, people were dancing in the street; it was magnificent. For me, that was the real Pakistan

Pursuing peace means rising above one's own wants, needs, and emotions.

The U.S. came to understand that Bhutto was not a threat to stability but was instead the only possible way that we could guarantee stability and keep the presidency of Musharraf intact.

You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.

America's greatest contribution to the world is its concept of democracy, its concept of freedom, freedom of action, freedom of speech, and freedom of thought.

Extremism can flourish only in an environment where basic governmental social responsibility for the welfare of the people is neglected. Political dictatorship and social hopelessness create the desperation that fuels religious extremism.

I put my life in danger and came here because I feel this country is in danger. People are worried. We will bring the country out of this crisis.

Leadership is a commitment to an idea, a dream and to a vision of what can be.

Author Picture
First Name
Benazir
Last Name
Bhutto
Birth Date
1953
Death Date
2007
Bio

Pakistani Politician, Prime Minister