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41+ Most Inspiring Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Quotes
“One day my mortal body will turn to dust, but the Turkish Republic will stand forever.”
“Our nation has succeeded owing to the unshakable unity it has shown in its actions and endeavors.”
“Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.”
“Culture is the foundation of the Turkish Republic.”
“Happy is he who says, “I am a Turk”.”
“Following the military triumph, we accomplished by bayonets, weapons and blood, we shall strive to win victories in such fields as culture, scholarship, science and economics.”
“This nation has not lived without her independence. She will not and cannot live without it. Liberty or death!”
“Authority, without any condition and reservation, belongs to the nation.”
“Do not be afraid of telling the truth.”
“I have been able to teach many things to this nation, but I haven’t been able to teach how to be lackeys.”
“Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore, rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.”
“Victory is for those who can say “Victory is mine”. Success is for those who can begin saying “I will succeed” and say, “I have succeeded” in the end.”
“Our true mentor in life is science.”
“The Turkish Republic will be happy, prosperous and victorious.”
“Peace at home, peace in the world.”
“The Turkish Nation consists of the valiant descendants of a people that has lived independently and has considered independence the sole condition of existence. This nation has never lived without freedom, cannot and never will.”
“Teachers are the one and only people who save nations.”
“Teachers: the new generation will be your devotion.”
“Our great ideal is to raise our nation to the highest standard of civilization and prosperity.”
“Turkey’s true master is the peasant.”
“I am not ordering you to attack, I am ordering you to die.”
“You will see my children, in the future everything will be done from the sky. All wars and civilizations will be in the skies above. That’s why we must give great importance to the air force. The future is in the sky.”
“To see me does not necessarily mean to see my face. To understand my thoughts is to have seen me.”
“Armies, your first goal is the Mediterranean. Forward!”
“The cornerstone of education is an easy system of reading and writing. The key to this is the new Turkish alphabet based on the Latin script.”
“A healthy mind in a healthy body.”
“Human kind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible that a mass is improved by the improvement of only one part and the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains and the other half can soar into skies.”
“Liberty and independence are my character.”
“As they have come, so they will go.”
“Sovereignty is not given, it is taken.”
“We Turks are a people who, throughout our history, have been the very embodiment of freedom and independence.”
“There are two Mustafa Kemal’s. One is the flesh-and-bone Mustafa Kemal who now stands before you and who will pass away. The other is you, all of you here who will go to the far corners of our land to spread the ideals which must be defended with your lives if necessary. I stand for the nation’s dreams, and my life’s work is to make them come true.”
“I was born as a soldier and will die as one.”
“Every nation as the right to demand proper treatment and no country should violate the territory of any other country.”
“Those who use religion for their own benefit are detestable. We are against such a situation and will not allow it. Those who use religion in such a manner have fooled our people; it is against just such people that we have fought and will continue to fight.”
“Do you want to be a man of today or a man of tomorrow?”
“The necessary thing for anyone to be happy and contented as long as he lives is working for the ones who will come after him rather than working for himself… One can reach the true delight and happiness in the life only by working for the existence, honour, and happiness of the future generations.”
“No country is free unless it is democratic.”
“Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say “What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?” If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness.”
“The biggest battle is the war against ignorance.”
“If one day, my words are against science, choose science.”
Atatürk’s Speech to Turkish Youth
Your first duty is to preserve and to defend Turkish Independence and the Turkish Republic forever.
This is the very foundation of your existence and your future.
This foundation is your most precious treasure. In the future, too, there may be malevolent people at home and abroad, who will wish to deprive you of this treasure.
If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your Republic, you must not even hesitate to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before doing your duty!
These possibilities and circumstances may turn out to be extremely unfavorable. The enemies conspiring against your independence and your Republic may have behind them a victory unprecedented in the annals of the world.
It may be that, by violence and trickery, all the fortresses of your beloved fatherland may be captured, all its shipyards occupied, all its armies dispersed, and every corner of the country invaded.
And sadder and graver than all these circumstances, those who hold power within the country may be in error, misguided and may even be traitors.
Furthermore, they may identify personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted.
Youth of Turkey’s future!
Even in such circumstances it is your duty to save Turkish Independence and the Republic. You will find the strength you need in your noble blood.
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