"There are many challenges, there are many obstacles let us try to change the obstacles to advantages."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Harri Holkeri on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Harri Holkeri on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Harri Holkeri on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Harri Holkeri on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Harri Holkeri on Mahatma Gandhi
"One of the biggest development issues in the world is the education of girls. In the United States and Europe, it has been accepted, but not in Africa and the developing countries."
"If there is something I would like to do as President of the General Assembly, it is to place more emphasis on the issue of education, which enables a better life for women."
"I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question."
"I think we have grave problems. I am very much concerned about environmental questions, even though in Finnish society, we are not facing the most urgent problems."