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Adding quotes. “Sovereignty, without any condition and reservation, belongs to the nation.“ Ataturk

“The Republic of Turkey can never be land of sheikhs, dervishes, disciples, cohorts.“ Ataturk (Note: disciple meaning a member of interest group/lobby/secret society)

"Only people with free minds can save their nation." Ataturk

"The foundation of the Republic of Turkey is culture." Ataturk

"Nations who make habit of living comfortably without learning, hard work and tiring will first lose their dignity, then their freedom and ultimately their liberty." Ataturk

“Our true mentor in life is science.” Ataturk

"They call us nationalist, but we are such nationalists that we show respect and interest in every nation that will partner with us and we recognize all the realities of the nationalists in these countries. Our nationalism is neither egotistic nor arrogant."

"I am proud to have never deceived my nation with my promesses and actions."

"No victory can be a goal. Victory, is only a means to achieve a higher goal. That goal is an idea, no victory without an idea can live long."

“Humankind is made up of two sexes, women and men. Is it possible for humankind to grow by the improvement of only one part while the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains that the other half can soar into skies?”

"Education is what makes a nation free and glorious or slave and poor."

"A nation whose judiciary is not free, cannot claim statehood."

"If a nation's existence is not in danger, war is murder."

(Ataturk has been wounded and escaped death in two decades of wars including the Gallipoli War as an officer of the Ottoman Army , then waged the War of Independence against British led Western invasion at the end of WW1, eventually founding the Republic of Turkey)

"We are only the enemy of those who are the enemy of humanity."

“My people are going to learn the principles of democracy the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go. Let them worship as they will, every man can follow his own conscience provided it does not interfere with sane reason or bid him act against the liberty of his fellow men.”

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

“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.”

Turkish Youth!

Your first duty is forever to preserve and to defend the Turkish Independence and the Turkish Republic.

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 tarry to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before taking up your duty. These possibilities and circumstances may turn out to be extremely unfavourable. 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 ruse, all the fortresses of your beloved fatherland may be captured, all its shipyards occupied, all its armies dispersed and every part of the country invaded. And sadder and graver than all these circumstances, those who hold power within the country may be misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may identify their 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 the Turkish Independence and Republic.

You will find the strength you need in your noble blood.

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk


"The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles." — Marx

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." is a Chinese proverb. "Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity." is attributed to Marx.

"Capital is dead labour." — Marx

Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.” Hugo Chavez

I smell sulfure (referring to W. Bush) in UN room. Chavez.

“In the United States, the government is bailing out banks, intervening in the economy, yet in Latin America, the Right continues to talk about 'free markets.' It's totally outdated; they don't have arguments; they don't have any sense.” Hugo Chavez

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations-entangling alliances with none." - Thomas Jefferson

I sincerely believe... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

One man with courage is a majority. Thomas Jefferson

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it. Thomas Jefferson

"There are decades when nothing happens, there are weeks where decades happen." Lenin.

"Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners." Lenin

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend. Mao Zedong

Political work is the life-blood of all economic work. Mao Zedong

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners. Vladimir Lenin

Fascism is capitalism in decay. Vladimir Lenin

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. Vladimir Lenin

Democracy is indispensable to socialism. Vladimir Lenin

Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. Thomas Jefferson

Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind. John F. Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy

We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy

Why should man's first flight to the moon be a matter of national competition? Why should the United States and the Soviet Union, in preparing for such expeditions, become involved in immense duplications of research, construction and expenditure? John F. Kennedy

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

“What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?” Bertolt Brecht

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either. Mark Twain

“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Mark TWain

"Happy slaves are the bitterest enemy of freedom". Marie von Ebner Eshenbach

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.” – Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 1841

“It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

John Steinbeck Cannery Row (1945)

where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.