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A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.
Science is the most reliable guide for civilization, for life, for success in the world. Searching a guide other than the science is meaning carelessness, ignorance and heresy.
To see me does not necessarily mean to see my face. To understand my thoughts is to have seen me.
Where there is no freedom, there is death and destruction.
Peace at home is peace in the country. Peace in the country is peace in the world.
He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.
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.
This nation has never lived without independence. We cannot and shall not live without it. Either independence or death.
The supreme guide in life is knowledge.
Sovereignty is not given, it is taken.
[Turkish women] had lived free of the veil for 5,000 years, and had been covered only in the last 600 years.
My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go.
A man who doesn't think differently from his time and environment can't grow beyond his time and environment.
A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.
No country is free unless it is democratic.
On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.
I will lead my people by the hand along the road until their feet are sure and they know the way. Then they may choose for themselves and rule themselves. Then my work will be done.
We do not consider our principles as dogmas contained in books that are said to come from heaven. We derive our inspiration, not from heaven, or from an unseen world, but directly from life.
To write history is as important as to make history. It is an unchanging truth that if the writer does not remain true to the maker, then it takes on a quality that will confuse humanity.
Men, I am not ordering you to attack. I am ordering you to die. In the time that it takes us to die, other forces and commanders can come and take our place.
Freedom and independence form my character.
In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.
Religion is an important institution. A nation without religion cannot survive.
Those who are inclined to compromise never make a revolution.
No matter how rich and prosperous, a nation without independence, cannot be subject to any behaviour before the humanity, at a higher level than serving.
A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence.
Every nation has the right to demand proper treatment and no country should violate the territory of any other country.
Nations which don't find their national identities will be preyed upon by other nations.
Sovereignty and the right to rule cannot be conferred on anyone no matter who ... as a result of an academic discussion. Sovereignty is acquired by force and power and violence.
Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship.
Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.
The nation has placed its faith in the precept that all laws should be inspired by actual needs here on earth as a basic fact of national life.
If a society does not wage a common struggle to attain a common goal with its women and men, scientifically there is no way for it to become civilized or developed.
It was when I entered the military preparatory school and put on its uniform, that a feeling of strength came to me, as if I had become master of my own destiny.
Science is the only true guide in life.
Turkey's true master is the peasant.
After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.
Freedom and independence is my character.