Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.

— Liu Xiaobo

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Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth.


Hatred is corrosive of a person's wisdom and conscience;

the mentality of enmity can poison a nation's spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society's tolerance and humanity, and block a nation's progress to freedom and democracy.


My tendency to idealize Western civilization arises from my nationalistic desire to use the West in order to reform China. But this has led me to overlook the flaws of Western culture.


Life is priceless even to an ant.


In China the underworld and officialdom have interpenetrated and become one.

Criminal elements have become officialized as officials have become criminalized.


The free world led by the U.S. fought almost all regimes that trampled on human rights.


I hope that I'm not the type of person who, standing at the doorway to hell, strikes a heroic pose and then starts frowning with indecision.


For the party, the Beijing Games are the biggest political happening of 2008.

Everything revolves around them. This will be a huge celebration for the President Hu Jintao and the Premier Wen Jiabao.


If the Olympics fail, human rights will suffer.

The government would stop paying any attention to the rest of the world. I personally think: we want the Games and we want human rights to be respected.


I've heard the government say many nice things.

But it did make some gestures, like writing human rights protection into the constitution - that surprised me. And it improved the conditions for foreign journalists: It used to be impossible for you to meet with me personally. But there still hasn't been a real improvement in the human rights situation.


Now the entire world has its eyes on China.


The Internet is truly God's gift to the Chinese people.


About Liu Xiaobo

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Literary critic
Birthday December 28, 1955

I have no enemies and no hatred.


China after Olympics will progress very slowly.

But the demands for freedom - on the part of ordinary people but also party members - won't be as easy to contain.


The Party leader at the time, Jiang Zemin, wanted to show the world China's new status. And in winning the bid, the leaders could show the people how strong the government was. Plus, the leadership wanted to use the Olympics to strengthen nationalist sentiment.


I have viewed the West as if it were not only the salvation of China but also the natural and ultimate destination of all humanity.


I hope that I will be the last victim in China's long record of treating words as crimes.


I can't imagine here would be a Chinese Gorbachev.

But the party will gradually open up. For instance, it has already set a time limit for political reforms in Hong Kong. And in four years time, there won't be a strongman to name the General Secretary at the party congress. That means that the various factions will have to develop better rules for naming their leader. But there won't be a timeline for political reform.


The major wars that the U.S. became involved in are all ethically defensible.

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