"We must not enable anyone to impose his personal view regarding religion on others by force, oppression, or pressure."
"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple the philosophy is kindness."Shirin Ebadi on Dalai Lama
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."Shirin Ebadi on Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."Shirin Ebadi on C. S. Lewis
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."Shirin Ebadi on C. S. Lewis
"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is."Shirin Ebadi on Albert Camus
"When we criticize in Iran the actions of the government, the fundamentalists say that we and the Bush Administration are in the same camp. The funny thing is that human rights activists and Mr. Bush can never be situated in the same group."
"Women are the victims of this patriarchal culture, but they are also its carriers. Let us keep in mind that every oppressive man was raised in the confines of his mother's home."
"Human rights is a universal standard. It is a component of every religion and every civilization."