Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality.

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

Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence.

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

Sexual self-restraint is only a preliminary stage in the ego's evolution.

A wrong concept misleads the understanding;

a wrong deed degrades the whole man, and may eventually demolish the structure of the human ego.

 image quote by Benazir Bhutto

Life is too short to spend worrying about people who opposed you.

They do not understand Islam, and I think that is one area where perhaps I hope one day I will play a role in actually making people understand what we perceive Islam to be.

We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.

The Ego is partly free. partly determined, and reaches fuller freedom by approaching the Individual who is most free: God.

When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.

I have always believed that one should not be scared of losing, I think that really is the key.

What I perceive, is above all justice, where everyone has the same law.

What most people didn't realize in the Western countries is that here its not a question of having supporters, its a question of getting these votes to the polling stations.

Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions.

.. Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.

We are victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of the houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.

If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed.

Think well before selecting your leader, and when you have selected him, follow him. But in case you find his policy detrimental to your interests, kick him out.

One of the biggest curses from which India is suffering - I do not say that other countries are free from it, but I think our condition is much worse - is bribery and corruption. That really is a poison.

Failure is a word unknown to me.

We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.

Our object should be peace within, and peace without.

We want to live peacefully and maintain cordial friendly relations with our immediate neighbours and with the world at large.

The first duty of a government is to maintain law and order so that the life, property, and religious beliefs of its subjects are fully protected by the State.

No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you.

We are starting in the days where there is no discrimination, no distinction between one community and another, no discrimination between one caste or creed and another. We are starting with this fundamental principle: that we are all citizens, and equal citizens, of one State.

My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence.

Let us mobilize all our resources in a systematic and organized way and tackle the grave issues that confront us with grim determination and discipline worthy of a great nation.

With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.

There are two powers in the world; one is the sword and the other is the pen. There is a great competition and rivalry between the two. There is a third power stronger than both, that of the women.

I'm not becoming western; I am still following my Pashtun culture, and I'm wearing a shalvar kamiz, a dupatta on my head.

I don't want to be remembered as the girl who was shot.

I want to be remembered as the girl who stood up.

We women are going to bring change. We are speaking up for girls' rights, but we must not behave like men, like they have done in the past.

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism.

Man is primarily governed by passion and instinct.

I have to ask Allah's forgiveness and not get angry, because they come to me out of love, and it's not fitting that I should turn to them in hatred.

The team that is going to win is the one that does its homework the best by studying its opponents.

And when the pressure was on us, the team handled it very well.

One has to learn to play well under pressure.

But having set myself these goals, I had to work really hard to achieve them.

In Pakistan politics is hereditary.

I have seen the movement of the sinews of the sky, And the blood coursing in the veins of the moon.

The Holy Book calls upon Muslims to resist tyranny.

Dictatorships in Pakistan, however long, have, therefore, always collapsed in the face of this spirit.

When the United States aligns with dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, it compromises the basic democratic principles of its foundation - namely, life, liberty and justice for all.

In 1988, when democracy was restored, the military establishment was still very powerful. The extremist groups were still there. And when the aid and assistance to Pakistan was cut, we had to adopt harsh economic policies. So in a way, it showed that democracy doesn't pay, and the military was able to reassert itself.

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.

Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal. He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.

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.

I believe that democracies do not go to war;

that's the lesson of history, and I think that a democratic Pakistan is the world community's best guarantee of stability in Asia.

Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power.

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 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.

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.