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    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: true  seeing  democracy  hope 
     
    No, I am not pregnant. I am fat. And, as the Prime Minister, its my right to be fat if I want to.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: right 
     
    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    Bhutto represents everything the fundamentalists hate - a powerful, highly-educated woman operating in a man's world, seemingly unafraid to voice her independent views and, indeed, seemingly unafraid of anything, including the very real possibility that one day someone might succeed in killing her because of who she is.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    In a way, a jail is a place where you can rest, read books and live with yourself.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: live  book  read 
     
    My father always would say, "My daughter will go into politics? My daughter will become prime minister", but it's not what I wanted to do. I would say, "No, Papa, I will never go into politics." As I've said before, this is not the life I chose; it chose me ... But I accepted the responsibility and I've never wavered in my commitment.
    — Benazir 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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: people  power  living  america 
     
    To make peace, one must be an uncompromising leader. To make peace, one must also embody compromise.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: peace  leader 
     
    The best hijab is in the eyes of the beholder.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: eyes 
     
    We learned at an early age that it was men's interpretation of our religion that restricted women's opportunities, not our religion itself. Islam in fact had been quite progressive toward women from its inception ...
    — Benazir Bhutto
    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: power 
     
    Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    I am planning to return and contest the October elections in Pakistan.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: power 
     
    Clearly it's not easy for women in modern society, no matter where they live. We still have to go the extra mile to prove that we are equal to men. we have to work longer hours and make more sacrifices. And we must emotionally protect ourselves from unfair, often vicious attacks made on us via the male members of our family.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: men  work  women  society  live  sacrifice 
     
    Purusing peace means rising above one's own wants, needs, and emotions.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: peace  emotion 
     
    In distinguishing between Islamic teachings and social taboos, we must remember that Islam forbids injustice; Injustice against people, against nations, against women. It shuns race, color, and gender as a basis of distinction amongst fellowmen. It enshrines piety as the sole criteria for judging humankind.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: people  women  gender  teaching  race 
     
    Freedom is not an end. Freedom is a beginning.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: freedom 
     
    I dream ...of a world where we can commit our social resources to the development of human life and not to its destruction
    — Benazir Bhutto
    A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    Being nice should never be perceived as being weak. It's not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of courtesy, manners, grace, a woman's ability to make everyone...feel at home, and it should never be construed as weakness.....
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: grace  weakness 
     
    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: value  help  democracy 
     
    It's quite difficult for me not to be able to return to my country, but in my country justice has been murdered.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: justice 
     
    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: men  ideas 
     
    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: year 
     
    The best revenge is democracy.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: revenge  democracy 
     
    The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: time  self  right  american 
     
    The military wants a system that protects its policies and privileges.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: military 
     
    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.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    I find that whenever I am in power, or my father was in power, somehow good things happen. The economy picks up, we have good rains, water comes, people have crops. I think the reason this happens is that we want to give love and we receive love.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: people  power  rain  water  father 
     
    My father was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. My grandfather had been in politics, too; however, my own inclination was for a job other than politics. I wanted to be a diplomat, perhaps do some journalism - certainly not politics.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: job  politics  father 
     
    Oppression does not know the meaning of provincial boundaries. Aren't our energies better spent fighting the common enemy instead of each other?
    — Benazir Bhutto
    I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman. The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man's place in the Islamic society.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: people  women  society  world  saying 
     
    I'm not into smoke-filled rooms. I don't have the time for byzantine political intrigues.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: time  political 
     
    As a woman leader, I thought I brought a different kind of leadership. I was interested in women's issues, in bringing down the population growth rate... as a woman, I entered politics with an additional dimension - that of a mother.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    The political parties have unanimously rejected the one-man constitutional changes.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: political 
     
    And also I was brought up to believe that human beings are good, which is why it shocks me to the core when I see human beings behaving badly.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: believe  human 
     
    Ultimately, leadership is about the strength of one's convictions, the ability to endure the punches, and the energy to promote an idea. And I have found that those who do achieve peace never acquiesce to obstacles, especially those constructed of bigotry, intolerance, and inflexible tradition.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    I was a very shy girl who led an insulated life; it was only when I came to Oxford, and to Harvard before that, that suddenly I saw the power of people. I didn't know such a power existed, I saw people criticising their own president; you couldn't do that in Pakistan - you'd be thrown in prison.
    — Benazir Bhutto
    tags: people  power  girls  prison 
     
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    benazir bhutto
    Birth    : June 21, 1953
    Death  : December 27, 2007
    Occupation  : Former Prime Minister of Pakistan

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