Quotes from Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on Our Republic Day
"The foundations of the Ottoman State had come crumbling down. Time had run out on it. Ottoman lands had disintegrated. What remained was only an ancestral homeland in which a handful of Turks still found heaven. Under these circumstances, there could have been one decision alone-and that was to create a new Turkish state based on national sovereignty and unconditional independence!"
"In a short period we have accomplished many major tasks. The greatest among them is the Turkish Republic whose foundation is Turkish heroism and high culture. But, we cannot regard what we have achieved as sufficient. We are obliged to, determined to do more, to accomplish greater things."
"In a country where there is no freedom, there is death and destruction."
"Republic is a form of government which is predicated upon virtue. Republic is virtue."
"Peace is the most effective way for nations to attain prosperity and happiness."
"In the family of nations, the Turkish Republic wants to serve as a useful, diligent, and peace-loving member."
"Freedom is the mother of all progress and salvation."
Translated and compiled by
Professor Talat Halman