Quotes

Quotes by Dr Zoran Đinđić represent the selection of brief statements and notes made by Dr Zoran Đinđić on different themes: from matters relating to an every-day life to international politics. The messages that prevail refer to responsibility, personal initiative, proactive attitude towards life and realistic evaluation of own abilities in view of the given circumstances. The quotes have been selected from the collection of speeches by Dr Zoran Đinđić kept by Dr Zoran Đinđić Fund, including interviews and statements given to local and foreign media.

It is crucial that in Serbia we precisely define the responsibility principle, that each person is entitled to rights falling under his/her competence, so that we could call to account those who acted in line with his/her rights, and produced some harmful consequences.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech held at Churchill Symposium in Zurich, 24.02.1994.

Multiparty democracy is the most efficient mode of decision taking and it is compatible with modern societies. In other words, the one who blocks the multiparty democracy, sets the society back, prevents better ideas from prevailing; gives preference to one specific type of ideas, only the particular category of ideas, taking account only of the one who proposed them, and disregarding their quality. This is monopoly, as if you has one manufacturer of shoes and that shoe manufacturer had the right to sell his shoes, regardless of whether they are good or not. There would be no market on the Earth, if market were the matter of somebody’s taste and will.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at Serbian Parliament, 20.07.1994.

Our generation has the huge responsibility. Of course, such responsibility is accompanied by great honour. We have been chosen, we have a mission. Such mission cannot bring any to us as persons, to our generation, since the time in which our generation acts is the time of asceticism and sacrifices. Only those who are ready do sacrifice their own wellbeing, may say that we belong to the generation which saved Serbia: we are the people who are bringing about the new politics.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech held at Democratic Party's Assembly, 02.02.1995.

In November last year, windows and doors opened on that room of the political system in which we were imprisoned for seven or eight years. Some fresh air squeezed into it, through those windows. Serbia woke up from its winter dream, in the midst of winter. Our message to this Parliament is: do not allow yourselves to close those windows, let the fresh air remain common in Serbia, let us include all those who inhaled that fresh air of freedom for eighty eight days together with you, do not close the windows because thus we will shut the windows to Serbia and we will suffocate in such Serbia if its windows remain closed.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech held at Democratic Party's Assembly, 23.05.1997.

When I say strategy, I do not mean the electoral one, or any other manifesto. It is easy to write a manifesto, to copy it, to learn it by heart. Under strategy here, I mean the possibility of activating certain resources. Any serious party is capable of activating certain resources thanks to the politics it has conducted until now, thanks to people who form it, trust that it has won.

Borba, 08.08.1997.

Serbia does not have sufficient funds and that will be the case for the next several years, and probably even longer. This shortage may be made up for only by increasing interests in other factors, such as personal energy, knowledge, organization, response time. The only answer to the lack of energy is – the accelerated circulation of energy.

Borba, 08.08.1997.

The model of permanent mobilization shown during the protests, may be described as active and spontaneous participation of individuals and groups, joined with the same goal, rather than the same organization; by innocent establishment of consensus on key issues; open communication without taboo themes; by generalizing the requests so that only those reflecting common interest remain; by exposing high level of criticism towards leaders, by imagination, fast learning, solidarity and high level of concern for other participants.

Borba, 08.08.1997.

Our objective is to have a transparent Government, as transparent as the glass. We aim to make sure that each and every dinar taken from the citizens of this country is monitored, from the moment it enters the budget, until it reaches its end user. The finance is the area where it is most difficult to exercise control, but exactly where the control is most required.

From Zoran Djindjic's exposé in front of the members of Serbian Parliament, 24.01.2001.

It is easy to set populist requests and make people support you on this. The courage is to tell workers the truth.

Vreme, 21.03.2001.

In order to make the changes work, the majority of members of society that has entered changes must wake up every morning with a feeling of the great historical moment, with the feeling of something big and extraordinary.

Nedeljni telegraf, 07.08.2001.

There are no big changes without big efforts. There are no big changes without new rules, creativity and decisiveness. The big changes do not occur per se, through an evolution, by growing from one system to another, they happen non-continuingly, by breaking chains and establishing of new relationships.

Nedeljni telegraf, 07.08.2001.

Life is brutal, but only the determined and persistent ones survive. Those who for any reason do not use their chance as a country and as individuals may have good reasons or excuses for that, but they will remain out of the game.

Nedeljni telegraf, 07.08.2001.

I have been taking sides for all my life. Life, in particular in politics, is the constant process of decision taking and undertaking of responsibilities. But, people do not want that. Most of the people take a small number of decisions while the rest remains undefined. I do not stand that. I want people to be for or against. They take it as a pressure. I am waking them up from their sleep, but they do not want anyone to wake them up from the sleep.

NIN, 03.10.2001.

In order to make a success in business, there has to be a plan, to know exactly what one wants, not to make experiments, notwithstanding our national inclination towards that. Much more time should be spent on sharpening the jig-saw, instead of cutting wood with a blunt tool.

Večernje novosti, 04.10.2001.

As a man who had been kept under water for 50 years, wishing to grasp some air, Serbia cannot be stopped on its path to the oxygen, and that is Europe, being a family of democratic, modern and developed countries.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at Democratic Party's Assembly, 04.10.2001.

It is crucial that in Serbia we precisely define the responsibility principle, that each person is entitled to rights falling under his/her competence, so that we could call to account those who acted in line with his/her rights, and produced some harmful consequences.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech held at Churchill Symposium in Zurich, 24.02.1994.

Multiparty democracy is the most efficient mode of decision taking and it is compatible with modern societies. In other words, the one who blocks the multiparty democracy, sets the society back, prevents better ideas from prevailing; gives preference to one specific type of ideas, only the particular category of ideas, taking account only of the one who proposed them, and disregarding their quality. This is monopoly, as if you has one manufacturer of shoes and that shoe manufacturer had the right to sell his shoes, regardless of whether they are good or not. There would be no market on the Earth, if market were the matter of somebody’s taste and will.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at Serbian Parliament, 20.07.1994.

Our generation has the huge responsibility. Of course, such responsibility is accompanied by great honour. We have been chosen, we have a mission. Such mission cannot bring any to us as persons, to our generation, since the time in which our generation acts is the time of asceticism and sacrifices. Only those who are ready do sacrifice their own wellbeing, may say that we belong to the generation which saved Serbia: we are the people who are bringing about the new politics.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech held at Democratic Party's Assembly, 02.02.1995.

In November last year, windows and doors opened on that room of the political system in which we were imprisoned for seven or eight years. Some fresh air squeezed into it, through those windows. Serbia woke up from its winter dream, in the midst of winter. Our message to this Parliament is: do not allow yourselves to close those windows, let the fresh air remain common in Serbia, let us include all those who inhaled that fresh air of freedom for eighty eight days together with you, do not close the windows because thus we will shut the windows to Serbia and we will suffocate in such Serbia if its windows remain closed.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech held at Democratic Party's Assembly, 23.05.1997.

When I say strategy, I do not mean the electoral one, or any other manifesto. It is easy to write a manifesto, to copy it, to learn it by heart. Under strategy here, I mean the possibility of activating certain resources. Any serious party is capable of activating certain resources thanks to the politics it has conducted until now, thanks to people who form it, trust that it has won.

Borba, 08.08.1997.

Serbia does not have sufficient funds and that will be the case for the next several years, and probably even longer. This shortage may be made up for only by increasing interests in other factors, such as personal energy, knowledge, organization, response time. The only answer to the lack of energy is – the accelerated circulation of energy.

Borba, 08.08.1997.

The model of permanent mobilization shown during the protests, may be described as active and spontaneous participation of individuals and groups, joined with the same goal, rather than the same organization; by innocent establishment of consensus on key issues; open communication without taboo themes; by generalizing the requests so that only those reflecting common interest remain; by exposing high level of criticism towards leaders, by imagination, fast learning, solidarity and high level of concern for other participants.

Borba, 08.08.1997.

Our objective is to have a transparent Government, as transparent as the glass. We aim to make sure that each and every dinar taken from the citizens of this country is monitored, from the moment it enters the budget, until it reaches its end user. The finance is the area where it is most difficult to exercise control, but exactly where the control is most required.

From Zoran Djindjic's exposé in front of the members of Serbian Parliament, 24.01.2001.

It is easy to set populist requests and make people support you on this. The courage is to tell workers the truth.

Vreme, 21.03.2001.

In order to make the changes work, the majority of members of society that has entered changes must wake up every morning with a feeling of the great historical moment, with the feeling of something big and extraordinary.

Nedeljni telegraf, 07.08.2001.

There are no big changes without big efforts. There are no big changes without new rules, creativity and decisiveness. The big changes do not occur per se, through an evolution, by growing from one system to another, they happen non-continuingly, by breaking chains and establishing of new relationships.

Nedeljni telegraf, 07.08.2001.

Life is brutal, but only the determined and persistent ones survive. Those who for any reason do not use their chance as a country and as individuals may have good reasons or excuses for that, but they will remain out of the game.

Nedeljni telegraf, 07.08.2001.

I have been taking sides for all my life. Life, in particular in politics, is the constant process of decision taking and undertaking of responsibilities. But, people do not want that. Most of the people take a small number of decisions while the rest remains undefined. I do not stand that. I want people to be for or against. They take it as a pressure. I am waking them up from their sleep, but they do not want anyone to wake them up from the sleep.

NIN, 03.10.2001.

In order to make a success in business, there has to be a plan, to know exactly what one wants, not to make experiments, notwithstanding our national inclination towards that. Much more time should be spent on sharpening the jig-saw, instead of cutting wood with a blunt tool.

Večernje novosti, 04.10.2001.

As a man who had been kept under water for 50 years, wishing to grasp some air, Serbia cannot be stopped on its path to the oxygen, and that is Europe, being a family of democratic, modern and developed countries.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at Democratic Party's Assembly, 04.10.2001.

Thanks to the plan and clear vision, we managed to bring this people from dictatorship into democracy, without any bloodshed. Thanks to the plan and firm vision, we may show this country a way out form the biggest economic misery ever suffered by a European county, and into economic prosperity. But the vision is vital at all times. You should always ask yourself where you are heading to. Not only whether I am running fast, or spending energy, but whether I know which the goal I want to achieve is.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at Democratic Party's Assembly, 04.10.2001.

We have to promote our country, our products, our comparable advantages, with much more energetic approach that we have done so far. We mustn’t hope that the one who wishes to know who we are is going to find it out somehow. In the light of global communication we have many opportunities to be ambassadors of one democratic Serbia worth investing into, at any time, without leaving our country, through Internet, through our people living abroad, through trips made abroad. It is crucial that we show the good face of Serbia to the world. It is extremely important that we do not blur our country. It is crucial that our problems are solved among ourselves, and not invite the world to participate and witness problems we face, because any normal country and any normal parties do face them too.

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at Democratic Party's Assembly, 04.10.2001.

I believe that to deal with politics means to take responsibilities and not sit in churches. My political line has been the same for the past thirty years: I advocate urban, civilized and European country in opposition to dictatorship. What makes me different from others is that in Serbia intellectuals are the spectators, making analyses, smoking and grumbling. What I wish is to change the world.

Le Mond, 05.10.2001.

You will not find a surgeon operating you quite likable. You find a doctor trying to convince you that you are in a great shape, that you do not need an operation that you will get better by drinking teas, much more amiable. I want people to respect my work, not to like me. My goal is to have the Serbian government evaluated for what it benefited for this country using existing chances and own efforts and potentials, rather than by its smooth talk, paying court to the people and talking about its good intentions.

Politika, 25.10.2001.

My motto that keeps me in motion is do not give up. If you start passing the vehicles, hit the gas. Do what you believe is right, and not what the majority would support. Do not take any defeat personally. Never let the politics drive you crazy.

Večernje novosti, 30.12.2001.

The secret of success lies in investing into education, as the wealthy countries do. This means not in technology and machines first. That would come later, with educated and qualified individuals. Considering that we are lagging behind reforms, the only way to make up for such gap is to have a non-linear development by making leaps, all of which would be have an education as a base. Education, training, knowledge, are the major driving forces of progress .

From Zoran Djindjic's speech at press conference From vision to defined program, 15.01.2002.

No more sleep. You cannot be world champions by sleeping. Sleep five, six hours, you do not need more. You will sleep when you are retired. Retired persons are allowed to sleep. If you are not retired, do not. That is also good for your figure. No Saturdays, Sundays, holidays. If you want to achieve a big goal, there is no room for celebrations – as we know, there are 170 celebrations of Saint Patron’s day in Serbia. We will be celebrating when we win. We cannot win if instead of training we celebrate.

Tribunal Serbia on the right track in Leskovac, 09.03.2002.