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"I assume you did not propose me for this office so that I, too, would lie to you.” vaclav havel'>Writer-turned-president Vaclav Havel, in his first address after replacing Moscow-backed authoritarians to lead a free Czechoslovakia. v @madeleine 

“Hope…is not the same as joy that things are going well...but, rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.” Nobel laureate Vaclav Havel, born on this day in 1936, on what hope really means:

The great Polish dissident poet turned President Václav Havel, born on this day in 1936, on reclaiming our interconnectedness in a globalized yet divided world:

Three worthy recipients of this year's Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent: Chinese visual artist Badiucao, Saudi political satirist Omar Abdulaziz, and the late Rwandan gospel musician and peace & reconciliation activist Kizito Mihigo.

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Congrats dear @badiucao  for the very well deserved Václav Havel International Prize! So happy to see your art recognized 😘

My encounter with #SvetlanaTikhanovskaya , the Vaclav Havel, or Lech Walesa, of #Belarus . Available soon in English and Russian. It’s a duty, today, to echo her noble voice. #BelarusProtestP #BelarusFreedom #BelarusSolidarityo #Lukashenko #Minske #MinskMaidanst Freedom Solidarity Maidan

WATCH: Thousands of families took a jog around Prague's Vaclav Havel airport last weekend as it hosted ‘fun runs’

ICYMI: Prague's Vaclav Havel airport transformed deserted airport lounges into private event spaces, making them a new venue for birthdays and weddings

WATCH: Prague's Vaclav Havel airport found creative ways to make some extra money while travelers are scarce by hosting private events like 'fun runs' and 'staycations'

ICYMI: Airport blues? Prague's Vaclav Havel airport is hosting 'fun runs' and 'staycations'


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“We can only serve good by confronting evil.” These are Vaclav Havel’s wise words that I recalled today when I paid respect to him in Prague today.

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Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred.” Czechoslovakia, the country of my birth, came into being 100 years ago today. These words were attributed to one of its greatest leaders, my friend Václav Havel. #CZentennial 

The best tribute to honor and remember Václav Havel is to work as best we can towards building a more peaceful, open and just world.

HHDL meeting with his old friend former President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel in Prague on December 10th.

“If the main pillar of the system is living a lie, then it is not surprising that the fundamental threat to it is living the truth.” -- Vaclav Havel

Lessons from Václav Havel on how to resist “the irrational momentum of anonymous, impersonal, and inhuman power”:

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Our quote of the day is from Czech writer and statesman Vaclav Havel

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Václav Havel, who experienced totalitarianism of the Orwellian kind, is the writer to turn to in these times:

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Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman enslaved by ISIS, was awarded Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize. Hear her address the UN: