Turkish Quotes

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Thomas Paine
“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church.

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

Orhan Veli Kanık
“I don't love her anymore
Why should I walk
By the tavern
Where I drank
Every night
Thinking of her?”
Orhan Veli Kanık, I, Orhan Veli

Lâle Müldür
“seni bir gün en yakının ele verirse eğer,öğren susmasını ve ağlamamasını.
bir kavanozun içinde mavi bir gül
yetiştir her gün daha çok yaşayan.
bir masalın ağzını kapat ve yat
geniş odalarda. bir oksijen çadırında.
ona kötü bir şey olsun istedim.
bana aşık olsun istedim.”
Lale Müldür

Yaşar Kemal
“Kuşlar da gitti," dedi Mahmut.
Sonra hiç konuşmadık. Kuşlar da gitti, kuşlarla birlikte de... Ne olacak, kuşlar da gitti.”
Yaşar Kemal, The Birds Have Also Gone

Blue GhostGhost
“You think too much and I bet it kills the magic," he says simply. "Some things are just instinct and if you try and replace that with thinking they die. You can read and think as much as you want before and after, but in the moment, man, you have to, like, let go.”
Blue GhostGhost, Art Criticism

“Anısı yoktu ki yaşadıklarının. Bir süredir hep aynı gündeydi.

Ve o gün bitiyordu sanki.”
Gülderen Bilgili

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“O ümitlerdir ki şimdi sefer etmekteyiz, biz o akıntıya karşı giden tekneler, durmadan geriye geçmişe çarpılıp atılsak da ne gam..”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
“We resemble ourselves.”
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Özlem Güzelharcan
“nereye gitsen sensin / gördüklerin hep kendin / kavafis haklıydı evet / şehirler ardından gelir”
Özlem Güzelharcan, Naylon Sözler

“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

Oğuz Atay
“Bana kalırsa kimse, mesela matematikle neden uğraştıgını hiçbir zaman tam olarak bilemez. Önemli olan, geri dönmeyi göze alamayacağımız kadar yol gitmiş olmaktır bu konuda.”
Oğuz Atay, Bir Bilim Adamının Romanı: Mustafa İnan

Özden Toker
“If we hadn't had Atatürk, we would have been an Afghanistan, an Iraq!”
Özden Toker

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
“The Turkish nation's character is noble
The Turkish nation is industrious
The Turkish nation is intelligent.”
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Özden Toker
“Reform isn't easy, and for me dress is the most important symbol of it, all revolutions must be takes as a whole, we've got to complete the mission.”
Özden Toker

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

Stéphane Yerasimos
“Rarely has the West in its quasi-totality taken up such a persistent and negative image of a people (the Turks).”
Stéphane Yerasimos

“Her ülkede çocuklar o ülkenin dilini öğrenebilirler. Ama, bu memlekette Araplara, Rumlara, ya da Ermenilere Türkçe öğretmeye kalkıştığınız anda azınlıklar derhal 'Azınlıklara baskı, zulüm yapılıyor' diye feryada başlıyorlar.”
Richard Reinhardt, The Ashes of Smyrna; a Novel of the Near East.

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

Mary Wortley Montagu
“The vulgar Turk is very different from what is spoken at court, 'tis as ridiculous to make use of the expressions commonly used in speaking to a great man or lady, as it would be to talk broad Yorkshire or Somershetshire in the drawing room.”
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Kâtip Çelebi
“Strictures and prohibitions availed nothing. The fatwas, the talk, made no impression on the people. One coffeehouse was opened after another, and men would gather together, with great eagerness and enthusiasm, to drink coffee... such things do not admit of a perpetual ban.”
Kâtip Çelebi

“The prohibition of wine is a very wise maxism and meant for the common people, being the source of disorders amongst them, but that the prophet never designed to confine those that knew how to use it with moderation.”
A Turkish effendi

“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

“They started conquering the world, then they over-stretched themselves and they collapsed. Today's Turkish people are those who left the territory of modern Kazakhstan and settled in the country where they live now.
When we meet each other, we always remember this.”
Nursultan Nazarbayev

Martin Luther
“...The Turk is the rod of the wrath of the Lord our God...

...resisting the Turks, whom he presented as a scourge intentionally sent by God to sinning Christians, and that resisting it would have been equivalent to resisting the will of God...”
Martin Luther

Stefan Ihrig
“…In the eyes of a desperate and desolate Germany, this was a nationalist dream come true, or rather something like hyper-nationalist pornography…”
Stefan Ihrig, Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination

Stefan Ihrig
“The Kemal-ist way to “make politics”— to wage war against the Entente for an honorable peace— was viewed as “active politics” par excellence. The opposite was what the papers diagnosed in the case of Germany: ful-fi llment politics, which in their eyes was either “passive politics” or not even politics at all. The Kladderadatsch cartoon “How to Revise a Peace Treaty” summarized this debate and Turkey’s role- model function perfectly. It ruled out historians, diplomats, and politi-cians as agents of revision. The one who achieves revision is a Turk, “saber in hand”—“action” instead of “talk.”
Stefan Ihrig, Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination

Stefan Ihrig
“Hitler repeatedly did everything he could to avoid upsetting the Turks. On two occasions he forbade military operations in Turkish waters when chasing the enemy. After Crete was taken, he stressed that except for a Kraft-durch-Freude (Strength through Joy) facility, nothing else, especially not military installations, could be built there, in order not to upset the Turks. The New Turkey was repeatedly invited to take part in the New Order of Europe”
Stefan Ihrig, Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination

Stefan Ihrig
“lost incredible amounts of blood. Then the state literally breaks down because of hunger and the lack of everything. A collapse just as monumental as the German one, just translated into Turkish. Five years later it [the collapse] led to the Treaty of Sèvres [here he confused the Treaty of Sèvres with the Treaty of Lausanne], with the result that the Turkish Empire is founded again and that the world speaks with highest respect of this Turkish state. The inner strength had remained, it was instantly mobilized as soon as the man [Atatürk] came who managed to remind his people of its great tradition and who led them forward. That is what was different with us Germans”
Stefan Ihrig, Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination

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

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