Sunday, January 01, 2006

Quotes

Sample quotes either by or about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk:

“Freedom consists of man’s ability to do what he thinks and desires without any influence or intervention by others. This is the broadest definition of the concept. Mankind has never attained liberty to this extent and never will because as is known, men are creations of nature and nature itself is not absolutely free either; it is subject to universal laws.”
Ataturk c.1930

“The Republic of Turkey has no official religion. In the administration of the state, all laws and regulations are enacted and applied in accordance with the basis, the form and the mundane needs science provides to contemporary civilizations. Since the concept of religion relates to personal conviction, the republic considers the separation of religious ideas from state and world affairs and from politics as the principle factor in the success of the contemporary progress of our nation.”
Ataturk c.1930

“The Turkish state is secular. Every individual reaching majority is free in choosing his or her religion.”
Ataturk c.1930


"We are not taking up Western civilization saying let’s make an imitation. The things that we see as good and suitable for our own structure we are adopting for the level of world civilization.”
Ataturk c.1928

“Religion is an issue of conscience. Everyone is free to conform to the commands of their conscience. We show respect for religion. We are not against a way of thinking or thoughts. We are only trying to not to mix religious affairs with the affairs of the nation and the state. We are avoiding reactionary actions that are based on evil intent and deeds.”
Ataturk c.1926

“Every individual has the rights and freedoms to think what he wants, to believe what he wants, to possess a political opinion that is unique to himself and to undertake or not undertake the requirements of the religion he has chosen. No one’s ideas or conscience can be dominated.”
Ataturk c.1925

“Our religion is the most reasonable and natural of all, and that is the reason why it is the most recently established religion. For a religion to be natural it must conform to reason, science, technology and logic. Our religion fully conforms to all of these.”
Ataturk c.1923


“A nation without art has lost one of its lifelines”
Ataturk c.1923


"In international relations it must be the ardent wish of the whole civilised world to put an end to the time when the system of puppets governs policy."
Atatürk Nutuk Great Speech 
15-20 Oct 1927 Eng version p.573

"...those who continue to occupy themselves with the chimera of the Caliphate and thereby mislead the Muslim world, are nothing but enemies of the Muslim world, and especially Turkey."
Atatürk Nutuk Great Speech
15-20 Oct 1927 Eng version p.678

“I lived in such fear of losing you my little Mustafa. When news came of your death sentence my heart failed me and I took to my bed. Upon my prayer mat I prayed to God. But now I am happy. The grief and fear have passed. You have won, you have saved your country…you have founded a new State. Being a woman of this nation I too understand what we owe you.” 
Zubeyde, Ataturk’s mother

"Ataturk's death is not only a loss for the country, but for Europe is the greatest loss, he who saved Turkey in the war and who revived a new the Turkish nation after the war. The sincere tears shed after him by all classes of people is nothing other than an appropriate manifestation to this great hero and modern Turkey's Ata."
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"Had Ataturk been alive the second world war would not have been fought"
Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

"The genius of our century - centuries rarely produce a genius. Look at this bad luck of ours, that great genius of our era was granted to the Turkish nation."
David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

AN UNIQUE EVENT IN HISTORY
"In no other country have women advanced this rapidly. It is truly a unique event in history for a nation to change to this degree."
Daily Telegraph Newspaper, England .... and there's more!

"In international relations it must be the ardent wish of the whole civilised world to put an end to the time when the system of puppets governs policy."
Atatürk Nutuk Great Speech
15-20 Oct 1927 Eng version p.573

"Gentlemen, the most important effect of this great victory is that the Turkish Nation has gained absolute control of its independence. If we remember the years of suffering under the reign of khans, monarchs, sultans and caliphs, we can now understand the importance of gaining independence....

Our country not only needs cultural development and wealth but also science, technology, civilisation, freedom of thought and a free ideology. Our honour, independence and existence must support us in the basic and important work necessary to achieve the interests of the nation. The people who ruled Turkey for centuries thought of everything except Turkey itself!

Our nation is unselfish in its desire for independence and land and this has been proven. Our nation is the guardian of reform. A nation encompassing such high values cannot therefore be led astray by others."
Atatürk 30th August 1924
http://www.mfa.gov.tr/mustafa-kemal-ataturk.en.mfa

“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.”

“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

“Science is the most reliable guide in life.”
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2793859.Mustafa_Kemal_Atat_rk "Yes, Karabekir! In order to teach the rubbish of the son of Arabs to the sons of Turks, I will have the Quran translated into Turkish and make them read it, up to the point they stop getting fooled..."
From: https://www.quora.com/Who-was-Mustafa-Kemal-Ataturk
The vast majority of his sharp critics are Islamist fundamentalists. In fact, some of them even loathe Ataturk. Rightly so. Despite what some Kemalists would say, almost all of the reforms of Ataturk conflict directly or non-directly with Islam, Quran and/or traditional Sharia law.
Here's the irony though. The most reliable Quranic commentary (tafsir) that Turkish Muslims use today written by Elmalili Hamdi Yazir was ordered by Ataturk, who also had the book translated into modern Turkish and made it publicly available. His motive was unveiled in a dialogue with one of his generals, Kazim Karabekir, who was not so fond of the idea: 
"Yes, Karabekir! In order to teach the rubbish of the son of Arabs to the sons of Turks, I will have the Quran translated into Turkish and make them read it, up to the point they stop getting fooled..."