- Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.
- The war we have to wage today has only one goal and that is to make the world safe for diversity.
- Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.
- As a Buddhist, I was trained to be tolerant of everything except intolerance
- When asked why he showed no emotion when informed of his sons death Thant replied 'I believe that I have attained a greater degree of emotional equilibrium than most people'