I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
There is much that women can bring into politics that would make our world a kinder, gentler place for humanity to thrive in.
I believe that during these times, we should not forget that many sacrificed to regain our democracy. We cannot just keep quiet because that is what happened during martial law. Our dictator then believed that he can do anything to keep himself in power.
I am not an icon of democracy. You are all, collectively, the icon of democracy.
Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.
National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services
I believe that during these times, we should not forget that many sacrificed to regain our democracy.
I've reached a point in life where it's no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that's good. If they don't, that's too bad.
The nation was awakened by that deafening shot.
Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.
It's not just in politics that you can be a servant of the people, you can do it in so many other ways.
I know there isn't anything I can do that will please everybody. But if I have done according to my beliefs, I sleep very very well.
I don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen.
Keep inviolate an area of light and peace within you.
I am not embarrassed to tell you that I believe in miracles.
One must be frank to be relevant.
Freedom of expression - in particular, freedom of the press - guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.
All the world wondered as they witnessed... a people lift themselves from humiliation to the greatest pride.
It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.
The government cannot do everything all at once. It can't wave a magic wand and meet everyone's demands simultaneously.
The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.
You have spent many lives and much treasure to bring freedom to many lands that were reluctant to receive it. And here you have a people who won it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.
I guess my religious faith sustained me more than anything else. Family is also very important. If I didn't have children, it would have been too difficult. Even if you are strong, you still need people who would support you all the way.
I was very privileged and really blessed with so many material and spiritual gifts that I should give back, ... I should do something for my people, but ... it's not just in politics that you can be a servant of the people, you can do it in so many other ways.
As our country bled . . . its leader's wife came to this podium piously to call for a new human order, this when thousands of Filipinos were political prisoners.
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