Turk Quotes

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
“Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.”
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Ataturk: First President and Founder of the Turkish Republic

“Where military service begins, logic ends.”
Turkish Proverb

“God Most High caused the Sun of Fortune to rise in the Zodiac of the Turks; he called them 'Turk' and made them Kings of the Age. Every man of reason must attach himself to them, or else expose himself to their falling arrows.”
Mahmud al-Kashgari

“The more we offer the villagers, the more they want. And if I can give it, I will.
The terrorists had the support of the local people [Kurds], but it was at gunpoint. In the past the terrorists would burn the government bulldozers. Now people see that if you don't have bulldozers, you'll get no road.”
General Ergin Saygun

Michael  Grant
“Human Crew had been a group formed to defend the rights of normals against freaks. At least that was the Human Crew line. Most people now saw Human Crew as a straight-up hate group.
Lance grabbed Turk’s shoulder and practically yanked him up off the stinking couch where he lay. “Turk, listen, man, listen to me: don’t you see what this means?”
Turk did not see what it meant, or at least not whatever Lance thought he should see. Turk mostly disliked Lance. They were friends, kind of, but only because they’d both been with Zil and riding high. And now they were reduced to doing the worst work Albert could find for them: digging slit trenches for kids to go in, and then covering them up when they were full.
Cesspool diggers. The Crap Crew, kids called them.
And they had to kiss Albert’s butt because otherwise they didn’t eat. They’d been lucky they weren’t exiled. Turk had talked the council out of sending them off to live in the wild. He’d begged, that was the truth of it. He’d convinced them that it was better to find a place for him and the others from Human Crew.
He’d put all the blame for the fire on anyone but themselves. Kept saying, “It’s not our fault, guys, not me and Lance and all, we were forced by Zil and Hank. Hank was scary, man, you know that. You know he was a creep and he would have shot us or messed us up.”
Turk had whined like a baby. And wept. And in the end convinced that smug wetback Edilio, and especially Albert, that they wouldn’t make trouble anymore, ever again, lessons learned, their lives all turned around now.
The Human Crew became the Crap Crew. And harsher names as well. A laughingstock.”
Michael Grant, Plague

“A knowledge of Persian will aid a traveler in these countries [Turkmenistan]; but the Toorkey [Turkish] is of infinitely greater consequence.”
A British major

“Throughout history; the Turks' political organization has developed in step with their military organization. Their hearts dedicated to soldiering, the Turks have proved to the world that their nation is an army.”
Turkish General Staff

Michael  Grant
“The food is ready,” Zil announced to loud cheers.
“But we have something more important to do, first, before we can eat.”
“We have to carry out some justice.”
That earned a silent stare until Turk and Hank started raising their hands and yelling, showing the crowd how to act.
“This mutant, this nonhuman scum here, this freak Hunter…” Zil pointed, arm stretched out, at his captive. “This chud deliberately murdered my best friend, Harry.”
“Na troo,” Hunter said. His mouth still didn’t work right. Brain damage, Zil supposed, from the little knock on his head. Half of Hunter’s face drooped like it wasn’t quite attached right. It made it easier for the crowd of kids to sneer at him, and Hunter, yelling in his drooling retard voice, wasn’t helping his case.
“He’s a killer!” Zil cried suddenly, smacking his fist into his palm.
“A freak! A mutant!” he cried. “And we know what they’re like, right? They always have enough food. They run everything. They’re in charge and we’re all starving. Is that some kind of coincidence? No way.”
“Na troo,” Hunter moaned again.
“Take him!” Zil cried to Antoine and Hank. “Take him, the murdering mutant scum!”
They seized Hunter by the arms. He could walk, but only by dragging one leg. They half carried, half marched him across the plaza. They dragged him up the church steps.
“Now,” Zil said, “here is how we’re going to do this.” He waved his hand toward the rope that Lance was unspooling back through the plaza.
An expectant pause. A dangerous, giddy feeling. The smell of the meat had them all crazy. Zil could feel it.
“You all want some of this delicious venison?”
They roared their assent.
“Then you’ll all grab on to the rope.”
Michael Grant, Hunger

“As far as concerns the army, I don't know which people among us can claim to be more disciplined and closer to the order of the Romans than the Turks.”
Francesco Sansovino

Mary Wortley Montagu
“The government here is entirely in the hands of the army. The Grand Signor [Ottoman Sultan], with all his absolute power, is as much a slave as any of his subjects, and trembles at a janissary's frown.”
Mary Wortley Montagu

“If we have an administration in this country [Turkey], it's the army. But a big percentage of so-called public 'confidence' in the army is just fear. Civilians are not yet conscious of their power.”
Mehmet Dülger

“The military consider themselves the real owners of this country [Turkey] because they are ready to give their lives to save us. But I would like to be governed, not saved. I want to be saved from the people who want to save me.”
Mehmet Dülger

“What is important for Islamic states is the spreading of fundamentalism. In order to survive inside Iran, they [the Mullahs] need to export their ideas. Our friends the Saudis finance it too. Their regime is not compatible with the modern era, but they have activists in Turkey who are trying to impose their ideology.”
Fevzi Türkeri

Michael  Grant
“Man, sometimes you are clueless. You don’t even see what’s happening.” He perched himself on the arm of the couch so he could look down at Turk. “It’s not just about freaks. I mean, you’re the guy who thinks of ideas and all, but you’re missing it. You don’t even notice that the whole council is either black or Mexican. See, that’s what’s happening: it’s all these minorities hooked up with freaks.”
The wheels in Turk’s mind began to turn slowly. But they were picking up speed. “Jamal’s with us and he’s black.”
“So? We use Jamal. He gets us into Albert’s. You do what you gotta do. All I’m saying is, you and me, we’re normal people. We’re not black or queer or Mexican. And we’re the ones digging toilets. How come?”
Turk knew the answer: because they had failed in their attempt to take over. But he’d never thought about this new angle.
“Astrid’s a normal white person,” Turk argued halfheartedly. “So’s Sam.”
“Sam’s a freak, and I think he might even be a Jew,” Lance said. His eyes were glittering. He was showing his teeth, grinning as he talked. It wasn’t a good look for him. “And Astrid? She’s not even on the council anymore.”
Michael Grant, Plague

“I once tried to take the army unit here [Kurdish village] back to the barracks, but the village chief came and said he would resign if I did.
Soldiers [Turks] here help with irrigation, painting walls, building carpet workshops, and so on. When there's an army unit here, the villagers even have a doctor and free medicine.”
General Ergin Saygun

“Avoid the attitude 'these people (locals) don't understand anything.' Trying to base one's authority on pressure and fear may be effective in the short term, but this is deceptive. Don't forget that to be smiling and kind is not the same as being weak and undisciplined.”
Colonel Dağ

“I like Western values. Since the time we were in Central Asia, the momentum of Turks has been towards the West. But this shouldn't be interpreted as worship of, or dependence on the West.”
Hilmi Özkök

“Pressing close, our enemies bellicose, unsleeping,
Aim to make us feeble, if our name is scorned, if our fame is shamed,
What defines us as a people?”
Rıza Fazıl

“Nagorno Karabakh we sold, without the faintest sigh,
We auctioned off our factories until our wealth ran dry,
Now we are slaves or exiles, thieving strangers are our lords,
For whom our prostrate backs a wide and easy road affords.”
Bextiyar Vahabzede

“They (Azeris) are the poets and singers of the Turkic world, not the soldiers.”
A Turkish Officer

Şevket Süreyya Aydemir
“We (Turkish soldiers) were met by just a few men on horseback in Caucasian dress, like fairy-tale soldiers with silver-plated sabres in their belts. Our small procession seemed to me to be the harbinger of a great liberation, the awakening of the vast land of Turan. It was a new Ergenekon.”
Şevket Süreyya Aydemir

Şevket Süreyya Aydemir
“Our duty would be to create, in the place of the outdated (Ottoman) Empire, a new national entity in harmony with its historic and linguistic unity and its desires.”
Şevket Süreyya Aydemir

“The Turks have an army that goes back to the Ottoman Empire. Our army is very new.
But there's a world of difference already between the early 1990's and now (early 2000). The food and pay, it's all better.”
An Azerbaijani colonel

“How dare you question if I fast?
Or come between my God and me?
How claim no lust for what's forbidden,
Then veils wrap round the face that's free?

My vice is wine or rakı. I drink!
So what? It does no harm to you.
We'll face the hair-thin bride together;
Blind drunk, I'll pass, if I be true.”
Neyzen Tevfik

“For sweetness, people made and ate pekmez (grape syrup). There was nothing in Anatolia, no manufacturing industry. This brewery was an example to the peasants, it was to start the infrastructure, it was to teach what progress could bring.”
Mehmet Demirci

“The wealth of the state is as wide as the sea, and he who does not eat of it is a pig.”
Turkish Proverb

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