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Shirin Ebadi Quotes

Any person who pursues human rights in Iran must live with fear from birth to death, but I have learned to overcome my fear.
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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.

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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.

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

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Because of our youthful population, we suffer from unemployment in Iran. We need more universities and more job opportunities for the young.

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

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We shouldn't just consider the desire of government to do what it wants to do. We should always consider the resistance of people. The culture of Iranian people doesn't let the government drag people into deep trouble or backlash. Maybe government wants it, but the culture doesn't let it go on.

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If you can't eliminate injustice, at least tell everyone about it.

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Unfortunately, violence begets violence. And this is how the war on terrorism seems to be going at this juncture. A lot of people are losing their lives. Many children are losing their parents. Too many houses are being destroyed. And, unfortunately, the arms industry seems to flourish.

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There is a verse [in the Koran] that says God swears by time. Anything you gain in life, you pay for with your time. Time is the most important thing that has been given to man.

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We must acquaint the youth to the realities of the world ... we must tell them that millions of people around the world have no access to drinking water.

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Europe clearly is the only place where people can speak up critically, and this is a unique cultural value.

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Every time I am fearful I think to myself, the reason they do this is to discourage me from doing what I do. Hence, if I discontinue my work I will have succumbed to my fears.

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Some criticize me, thinking I'm too tolerant of the clerical regime in Iran. In response, I have to say, I have served time in prison, I have lost my position [as a judge]. Do I need to prove that I am brave? Do I need to be killed?

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Terrorism is based on two major pillars: One is injustice, and the other is a certainty of attitude, the notion that their version of the story is the correct one.

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Sixty-three percent of our university students are female. But you still see violations of women's rights in Iran. A Muslim man can have up to four wives. He can divorce his wife without offering any reason, while it is quite difficult for a woman to get a divorce.

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