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There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East and in the wider Muslim world for democratization. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Thus will the Sharif Husain ... be made to suffer the humiliation which he has brought upon himself by having bartered the dignity conferred upon him by the Caliph of Islam [the Ottoman Sultan] for a state of enslavement to the British. Ahmed Djemal
... the complete and definite emancipation of the peoples [the Arabs] so long oppressed by the Turks and the establishments of national governments and administrations deriving their authority from the initiative and free choice of the indigenous populations. England (France)
The manner of their government is much after the Turkish fashion: which they seem to imitate. The state and form of their government is plain tyrannical, as applying all to the behoof of the prince, and that after a after a most open and barbarous manner.... It giveth the nobility a kind of unjust and unmeasured liberty to command and exact upon the commons and baser sort of people in all parts of the realm... Giles Fletcher the Elder
Wherever you look you see that the enemies of the true religion, particularly the English, the Russian, and the French, have oppressed Islam and invaded its rights in every possible way…the Moslems work and the infidels…live in luxury. The world of Islam sinks down and goes backward, and the Christian world goes forward.…The Moslems are enslaved and the infidels are the great rulers.…The time has now come for the Holy War, and by this the land of Islam shall be forever freed from the power of the infidels….This holy war has now become a sacred duty. Know ye that the blood of infidels in the Islamic lands may be shed with impunity---except Germans to whom the Moslem power has promised security and who are allied with it….The killing of infidels who rule over Islam has become a sacred duty, whether you do it secretly or openly, as the Koran has decreed: 'Take them and kill them whenever you find them. Behold we have delivered them unto your hands and given you supreme power over them.' Mehmed V
What strikes a Bulgarian when he enters Turkey is, before everything else, the air of freedom that one breathes. Under a theoretically despotic government, one definitely enjoys more freedom than in constitutional state…one almost does not feel that there is a government…the absence of an irksome police, of crushing taxation, or very heavy civic duties here is what the non-Muslim subjects of the Sultan should appreciate. Gabriel Arie
Crete is our life. Our blood is its price. Anonymous
The safety of the fatherland and the happiness of the nation require above all that the world should be shown that our army is still the army that had planted its lance in the walls of Vienna. Kemal Ataturk
I could not bear the obvious mistakes made during the maneuver, and afterwards I criticized the pasha bitterly in the presence of all his officers, even though in doing so I exceeded my authority and my rank. The pasha looked hurt, but did not bear me malice…My behavior may have been contrary to discipline. But if a person trained in Germany does not work at the art of command, what can we expect of those who have not had this advantage? Perhaps when they see that they are criticized by their juniors, our commanders will learn to do better. Kemal Ataturk
As far as I’m concerned, the senior commanders of the Ottoman empire are useless. For me, the command structure of the army stops at majors. Tomorrow’s great commanders will come from their ranks. I’ll keep officers up to the rank of major on the army roll. The rest I’ll get rid of. Kemal Ataturk
Time and events bring out the truth, but they also deal a mortal blow. Kemal Ataturk
The Turkish army will have done its duty when it defends the country from foreign aggression and frees the nation from fanaticism and intellectual slavery. The Turkish nation has fallen far behind the West. The main aim should be to lead it to modern civilization. Kemal Ataturk
The country of the Turks is not Turkey, nor yet Turkistan, Their country is a vast and eternal land: Turan! Ziya Gokalp
The deputies have expressed their confidence in me, but I have no confidence in them. Kucuk Mehmet Sait Pasha
Do you trust the government? No? In that case, let’s overthrow it tomorrow. Ismail Enver Pasha
The strength of a nation should be expended to defend its own existence. It is totally wrong to forget that and to use one’s forces for the purposes of foreigners. Those who led the war, forgot our own existence and became prisoners of the Germans… Kemal Ataturk
Religious thinkers have done their best to twist science and philosophy to back up their law. Kemal Ataturk
There can be no friends more benevolent than the British. Kemal Ataturk
A nation must be strong in spirit, knowledge, science and morals. Military strength comes last…Today it is not enough to have arms in hand in order to take one’s place in the world. Kemal Ataturk
After all our experience we are sure that America is the only country able to help us. Kemal Ataturk
Today the Turkish nation is called on to defend its capacity for civilization, its right to life and independence – its entire future. Kemal Ataturk
While one has to work from the roots upwards to build a solid organization, at the start one has no choice but to work from the top downwards, since until individuals had learnt to think for themselves, masses could be manipulated. Kemal Ataturk
Poor Wilson did not understand that a frontier which is not defended with bayonets, force and honor cannot be secured by any other principle. Kemal Ataturk
Most of them are military commanders, country notables and landowners, and educated people. It is inconceivable that such a group should incline to the theory of Communism. But if Western countries persist in applying unjust pressure, they may well throw themselves into Russia’s arms. Ahmet Izzet
There is not a bird that flies by without our knowledge. Kemal Ataturk
Communism is nonsense. Kemal Ataturk
There is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the Moslem population. Inter-Allied Commission of Enquiry
The malignity and inhumanity of the Greek military authorities are undisguised. Arnold J. Toynbee
We must know our limitations and expend our lives only in the cause of our independence. Kemal Ataturk
It is the peasant, the true producer, who is also the true owner and master of Turkey. Kemal Ataturk
Our national aims can be realized only by military means. The matter needs no further elaboration or interpretation. Ali Fethi Okyar
One day we might find ourselves making an alliance with the Greeks. Kemal Ataturk
Although we are very strong, we are pursuing a very calculating and moderate policy. We prefer a political solution and are managing the situation accordingly. Kemal Ataturk
Sovereignty and kingship are never decided by academic debate. They are seized by force. Kemal Ataturk
So long as any large number of Kurds are included in Iraq the Turkish government would have perpetual trouble in their eastern provinces. Mustafa Ismet
I have never dealt with people who have so little political sagacity as the Turks. Horace George Montagu Rumbold
We will acquire knowledge and science wherever they are to be found and we will stuff them into the head of every individual in the country. No limits, no conditions can be attached to knowledge and science. Kemal Ataturk
In order to justify the sympathy and trust extended to me by people of all classes, even to the furthest corners of the world of Islam, I intend to form a People’s Party…after the establishment of peace, in order to devote my life to the good of my country as a humble individual. Kemal Ataturk
A nation which does not make pictures, a nation which does not make statues, a nation which does not practice science, such a nation, one must admit, has no place on the highroad of civilization. But our nation with its true qualities deserves to become and will become civilized and progressive. Kemal Ataturk
Bloody revolutions are solid; bloodless ones are not permanent. But we have shed sufficient blood to come to this revolution. It has been shed not only on battlefields, but within the country…There have been many risings, all of which have been suppressed. Let us hope that there will be no more bloodshed. The first duty of our educated people is to enlighten and guide the opponents of our happy revolution. Kemal Ataturk
I am not ordering you to fight for your country. I am ordering you to die for your country! Kemal Ataturk
I swear in front of my mother’s grave and in the presence of God, that I shall not hesitate to join her if this be necessary for the defense of the sovereignty which the nation has won at the cost of so much blood. I deem it a debt of conscience and honor to give my life for the sake of national sovereignty. Kemal Ataturk
Turkish onlookers were startled by this costume, which no other woman in Turkey would have dared to adopt. Ward Price
Let us realize the state we are in. Let us learn what needs to be learnt. Religion and God demand it. Kemal Ataturk
The Turkish state has neither a crowned head nor a dictator. Kemal Ataturk
If the government is determined to reject what we have accepted, then do not ask us to do it…since the supreme interests of the country are above personal considerations, the national government can act according to its conviction. We expect no thanks from the government. The nation and history will be our judge. Mustafa Ismet
Even if the Peace of Lausanne is not perfect peace...the great relief that peace affords is quite likely to give the mentality of the Turks a new turn. Horace Rumbold
Can one name a single nation that has not turned to the West in its quest for civilization? Kemal Ataturk
The Islam Ataturk professed contained nothing contrary to reason and progress. Andrew Mango
The press should form a fortress of steel round the republic. The republic has a right to demand this from journalists. The struggle is not over; the press has a duty to convey this truth to the nation and safeguard its unity. Kemal Ataturk
Freedom is won by violence, but needs mutual tolerance to survive. Huseyin Cahit
We encountered the greatest resistance when we abolished the caliphate. But the two-headed system could not go on for ever. It nourished the expectation that the sovereign would return under the guise of caliph…and gave hope to the [Ottoman dynasty]. Mustafa Ismet
We believe that the remedy to any harm resulting from press freedom lies in press freedom itself. Kemal Ataturk
Even the bones of their dead should be dug up and scattered. Eryavuz Ihsan
Members of the rising new generation! The future is yours. The republic has been founded by us. It is up to you to guard and exalt it. Kemal Ataturk
I will not dip my hands in blood by choosing unnecessary violence. Ali Fethi Okyar
The future is in the sky. Kemal Ataturk
Skullcaps, fezes, turbans – it all costs money which goes to foreigners. We will become civilized…We will march forward…Civilization is a fearful fire which consumes those who ignore it. Kemal Ataturk
Our women have minds too. Let them show their faces to the world, and see it with their eyes…Don’t be afraid. Change is essential, so much so that, if need be, we are prepared to sacrifice lives for its sake. Kemal Ataturk
In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey’s civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheikhs. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheikhs, dervishes and disciples. Kemal Ataturk
It is a disgrace for a civilized society to appeal for help to the dead. Kemal Ataturk
The hat is the common headgear of the Turkish people, and the government forbids habits to the contrary. Turkey
The revolution is a torrent which sweeps aside those who resist it. Mahmut Esat Bozkurt
The civilized world is far ahead of us. We have no choice but to catch up. Kemal Ataturk
This palace belongs no longer to the Shadows of Allah on Earth, but to the nation, which is a fact and not a shadow, and I am happy to be here as an individual member of the nation, as a guest. Kemal Ataturk
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government. 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. Kemal Ataturk
The change to the Latin alphabet will be done in three months or not at all. Kemal Ataturk
Hypocrites and frauds of old used to drink a thousand times more, secretly in hovels as they indulged in all sorts of nastiness. I am not a fraud. I drink in my nation’s honor. Kemal Ataturk
There is no nation in the world greater, older or more honorable than the Turkish nation, nor has one been seen in the history of humanity. Kemal Ataturk
The Turks were a great nation even before they adopted the Muslim religion…The religion founded by Muhammad was based on a policy of setting Arab nationalism above all other nationalisms. Kemal Ataturk
Every adult is free to choose his own religion, but fanaticism has to be fought lest freedom perish. Kemal Ataturk
The call to prayer should be recited in Turkish everywhere in accordance with the national purpose of our exalted government. Turkish Dept. of Religious Affairs
Political Islam is exclusive in its claims. Andrew Mango
Their armies [the Ottoman Turks] are encumbered with immense baggage, and their camp has all the conveniences of a town, with shops etc. for such was their ancient custom when they wandered with their hordes. William Eaton
The view held by many English people about Mesopotamia is that the local inhabitants will welcome us because we have saved them from the Turks, and that the country only needs developing to repay a large expenditure of English lives and English money. Neither of these ideals will bear much examination... From the political point of view we are asking the Arab to exchange his pride and independence for a little Western civilization, the profits of which must be largely absorbed by the expenses of administration. London Times
Allow not the abject to rule over and dominate them who are noble and worthy of honour, and suffer not the high-minded to be at the mercy of the contemptible and worthless, for this is what We observed upon Our arrival in the City (Constantinople), and to it We bear witness. We found among its inhabitants some who were possessed of an affluent fortune and lived in the midst of excessive riches, whilst others were in dire want and abject poverty. This ill beseemeth thy sovereignty, and is unworthy of thy rank…. strive thou to rule with equity among men Baha u'llah
This unfortunate partition of Poland, is costing me ten years of my life. It will make plain the whole unhappy history of that affair. How many times have I refused to agree to it! But disaster after disaster heaped upon us by the Turks; misery, famine, and pestilence at home; no hope of assistance either from France or England, and the prospect of being left isolated and threatened with a war both with Russia and Prussia,---it was all these considerations that finally forced me to accede to that unhappy proposal, which will remain a blot on my whole reign. Maria Theresa
I have no religion, and at times I wish all religions at the bottom of the sea. He is a weak ruler who needs religion to uphold his government; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap. 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 against the liberty of his fellow-men Kemal Ataturk
Iraq may be able to run along in a corrupt, inefficient, oriental sort of way, something better than she was under Turkish rule…. If this is the result, even though it be not a very splendid one, we shall have built better than we know. Henry Robert Conway Dobbs
The economy is everything. It is the totality of what we need to live, to be happy Kemal Ataturk
The imams are ignorant and are misconstruing the Prophet's words regarding science…. science is for the elite and religion was for the masses …. It is absurd that men should take 4 wives and have as many concubines as they wished sanctioned by the imams. If I were a woman, I would embrace atheism and never become a Moslem. Ahmed Riza
It is unlawful to designate Armenian properties as abandoned because they did not leave their properties voluntarily. The Armenians were "forcibly" removed from their homes and exiled. Now the government is selling their possessions. Nobody can sell my property if I am unwilling to sell it. This is atrocious. Grab my arm, eject me from my village, then sell my goods and properties? Such a thing can never be permissible. Neither the conscience of the Ottomans nor the law can allow it. Ahmed Riza
Confidentially the State Department is in a bind. Our task would be simple if the reports of the atrocities could be declared untrue or even exaggerated but the evidence, alas, is irrefutable and the Secretary of State wants to avoid giving the impression that while the United States is willing to intervene actively to protect its commercial interests, it is not willing to move on behalf of the Christian minorities. Allen Welsh Dulles
I know from reports of my own officers who served with General Dro that defenseless villages were bombarded and then occupied, and any inhabitants that had not run away were brutally killed, the village pillaged, and all the livestock confiscated, and then the village burned. This was carried out as a regular systematic getting-rid-of the Muslims Mark Lambert Bristol
No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back. Turkish Proverb
He that speaks truth must have one foot in the stirrup. Turkish Proverb
He that fears danger in time seldom feels it. Turkish Proverb
Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak. Turkish Proverb
Be thine enemy an ant, see in him an elephant. Turkish Proverb
An Englishman will burn his bed to catch a flea. Turkish Proverb
A defeated wrestler is not tired of wrestling. Turkish Proverb
Can you explain to me the killing of a hundred thousand children, women and men in Algeria, using the most abominable killing methods? Can you explain to me the killing of 15,000 Syrian civilians? Can you explain to me the abominable crime in the military artillery school in Aleppo? Can you explain the crime in Al-Asbaqiya neighborhood of Damascus, Syria? Can you explain the attack of the terrorists on the peaceful village of Al-Kisheh in Upper Egypt, and the massacre of 21 Coptic peasants? Can you explain to me what is going on in Indonesia, Turkey, and Egypt, even though these are Islamic countries which opposed the American intervention in Iraq, and which don't have armies in Iraq, yet were not spared by the terrorists? Can you explain these phenomena, which took place in Arab countries? Was all this revenge on America or Israel? Or were they merely to satisfy bestial wild instincts aroused in them by religious teachings, which incite to rejection of the other, to the killing of the other, and to the denial of the other. Wafa Sultan
Those wanting to improve democracy in their countries should not wait for permission. Bulent Ecevit
He who kills even one unbeliever of those who rule over us, whether he does it secretly or openly, shall be rewarded by God. And let every Moslem, in whatever part of the world he may be, swear a solemn oath to kill at least three or four of the infidels who rule over him, for they are the enemies of God and of the faith. Let every Moslem know that his reward for doing so shall be doubled by the God who created heaven and earth. A Moslem who does this shall be saved from the terrors of the day of Judgment, of the resurrection of the dead. Who is the man who can refuse such a recompense for such a small deed? . . . Yet the time has come that we should rise up as the rising of one man, in one hand a sword, in the other a gun, in his pocket balls of fire and death-dealing missiles, and in his heart the light of the faith. Mehmed V
The deeds of our enemies have brought down the wrath of God. A gleam of hope has appeared. All Mohammedans, young and old, men, women, and children, must fulfill their duty so that the gleam may not fade away, but give light to us forever. How many great things can be accomplished by the arms of vigorous men, by the aid of others, of women and children! . . . The time for action has come. We shall all have to fight with all our strength, with all our soul, with teeth and nails, with all the sinews of our bodies and of our spirits. If we do it, the deliverance of the subjected Mohammedan kingdoms is assured. Then, if God so wills, we shall march unashamed by the side of our friends the Germans who send their greetings to the Crescent. Allah is our aid and the Prophet is our support. Ikdam
Perhaps we have acted too hastily. … it may have been unwise for us to send an army into Smyrna, but now that the army is there, it would be more unwise to withdraw it -- to do so would admit military failure and court political defeat. Eleutherios Venizelos
…every country has different needs, conditions, values, histories, societal concerns, and dynamics. Hilmi Ozkok
Deep down, the ordinary Frenchman doesn't believe that Turks, or Eastern Europeans for that matter, cherish the values he holds most dear. Nor do the French much trust that the Germans and the British have French interests at heart. Given European history -- and given what I see around me -- I can't say I blame them. Claire Berlinski
For five hundred years these rules and theories of an Arab sheik and the interpretations of generations of lazy, good-for-nothing priests have decided the civil and the criminal law of Turkey. They had decided the form of the constitution, the details of the lives of each Turk, his food, his hours of rising and sleeping, the shape of his clothes, the routine of the midwife who produced his children, what he learnt in his schools, his customs, his thoughts, even his most intimate habits … Possibly it might have suited tribes of nomads in the desert. It was no good for a modern progressive State. Kemal Ataturk
We Europeans do not sit at the table with torturers. Jean-Claude Juncker
Turkey is either going to be a bridge between Europe and the Middle East or it is going to be a ditch. Thomas Friedman
You may not like the expression of an opinion, but you can't stop it. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
German money for German jobs! Anonymous
The Great Assassin Anonymous
Rufina, Ioudaia [Jewish woman/Jewess], head of the synagogue, built this tomb for her freed slaves and the slaves raised in her house. No one else has the right to bury anyone (here). Anyone who dares to do so will pay 1500 dinaria to the sacred treasury and 1000 denaria to the Jewish people. A copy of this inscription has been placed in the (public) archives. Anonymous
Let me live and I will do all you wish. Abd al-Hamid II
The country well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own … she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standards of freedom. John Quincy Adams
Italy, which is inhabited only by a single race speaking the same language and professing the same religion, experiences so many difficulties in its unification. For the moment all it has achieved is anarchy and disorder. Judge what would happen in Turkey if free scope were given to all the different national aspirations …. It would need a century and torrents of blood to establish even a fairly stable state of affairs. Ali Pasha
Turkey is an Eastern country if you come from the West and a Western country if you come from the East Bulent Alirza
Jewish citizens of ours have come to me and pointed out that from the earliest times they have had an association of their own in accordance with their native laws and a place of their own, in which they decide their own affairs and controversies with one another; and upon their request that it be permitted them to do these things, I decided that they might be maintained, and permitted them so to do Lucius Antionius
The Turkish Empire has just committed suicide. Herbert Henry Asquith
I stand for the nation's dreams, and my life's work is to make them come true. Kemal Ataturk
It was necessary to abolish the fez, which sat on the heads of our nation as an emblem of ignorance, negligence, fanaticism, and hatred of progress and civilization … Kemal Ataturk
Mankind is a single body and each nation is a part of that body. We must never say "What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?" If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. Kemal Ataturk
Sovereignty belongs unconditionally to the people. Kemal Ataturk
The evils which sapped the nation’s strength had all been wrought in the name of religion. Kemal Ataturk
The government's most creative and significant duty is education. Kemal Ataturk
Turkey is squeezed between the mosque and the barracks. Cetin Atlan
[Press] Photographers are the only dictators in America. Celal Bayar
The printing of books is forbidden. Bayezid II
Constantinople is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
Neither cross nor faith bring me succor or protection /Against those felon Turks, God curse them!;, .d. Turkey;, .d. Jerusalem;, .d. Holy Land;, .d. Crusades;, .d. faith;, .d. religion;, .d. expansionism;, .d. Arsuf;, .d. Moslems;, Neither cross nor faith bring me succor or protection Against those felon Turks, God curse them! On the contrary, from what one can see, God wants to support them to our detriment. Ricaut Bonomel
Persia is only delaying out fate; it cannot save us. When the Turks have settled with Persia they will fly at our throats, supported by the might of the whole East. How unprepared we are I dare not say. Augier Ghislain de Busbecq
The unspeakable Turk should be immediately struck out of the question, and the country he left to honest European guidance. Thomas Carlyle
The Treaty of Kuchuk Kaynarca [1774] is a success the like of which Russia has never had before. Catherine II
The Greek patriarchs [clergy] were displeased. Whereas in former times in the Ottoman state, the communities were ranked, with the Moslems first, then the Greeks, then the Armenians, then the Jews, now all of them were put on the same level. Some Greeks objected to this, saying, “The Government has put us together with the Jews. We were content with the supremacy of Islam.” Amhed Cevdet Pasa
Politicians have forced us into parallel societies by denying for so long that we existed and pretending for so long that we were going home. Safet Cinar
He was among the first of the Secretaries to apply that system [the spoils system] to the dismission of clerks in his Department.... It is a detestable system, drawn from the worst periods of the Roman republic; and if it were to be perpetuated, if the offices, honors, and dignities of the people were to be put up to the scramble, to be decided by the result of every Presidential election, our Government and institutions, becoming intolerable, would finally end in a despotism as inexorable as that at Constantinople. Henry Clay
We excommunicate and anathematize … all those who take to the Saracens, Turks and other enemies of the Christian name, horses, weapons, iron, iron wire, tin, copper, bandaraspata, brass, sulfur, saltpeter, and all else suitable for the making of artillery, and instruments arms and machines for offence … Clement IX
Our experience was that when we closed the door to democracy, maybe for a short while there was quiet and security, but in the long run we suffered a lot. Our closing the door to democracy did not settle the problems of our country. The problems only accumulated. Suleyman Demirel
World opinion is not the same thing as your own [country's] public opinion. Suleyman Demirel
The Welfare Party will come to power either peacefully or with bloodshed. Necmettin Erbakan
You cannot struggle against religion. Those who have tried this have been doomed. Necmettin Erbakan
In this country there are two parties: the righteous and the fallacious Necmettin Erbakan
Minarets are our bayonets, domes our helmets and mosques our barracks. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
[Turks] one and all, bag and baggage, shall I hope clear out from the province they have desolated and profaned. William E. Gladstone
There is not a criminal in a European jail, nor a cannibal in the South Sea Islands, whose indignation would not rise at the recital of what has been done. William E. Gladstone
The Turkish Army will not allow itself to be bound hand and foot by democracy and human rights. Ahmet Gorekci
We have sacrificed a hundred thousand soldiers and a hundred million of money for nothing. Prince Gortchakoff
In times of crisis and violence in Turkey, there are apt to be two class of persons—assassins and assassinated. Edward Grey; Viscount Fallodon
The length of time during which you must play your fish depends on his choice, not on yours. Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil; 3rd Marques Salisbury
Who today remembers the extermination of the Armenians. Adolf Hitler
The French … do not believe in the unity of the Lord of Heaven and Earth … but have abandoned all religion …. They assert … that all men are equal in humanity, and alike in being men; none has any superiority or merit over any other, and every one disposes of his soul and arranges his life. In this vain belief and preposterous opinion, they have erected new principles and set new laws, and established what Satan has whispered to them and destroyed the bases of religion…. With lying books and meretricious falsehoods they address themselves to every group and say, “We belong to you, to your religion, and to your community” …They are united under the banner of Satan. Ahmad Pasha al Jazzar
[The EEC is] a Christian club. Jean-Claude Juncker
I do not wish to sit at the same table with a bunch of torturers. Jean-Claude Juncker
This sect of men [the Turkish Ulema] are equally capable of preferments in the Law or the Church, these two sciences being cast into one, a Lawyer and a Priest being the same word …. ‘Tis they that are the real Authors Mary Wortley Montagu
Now what sensible person wants Turkey to be a world power again … ? Henry I. Morgenthau
When you turn and proceed against the Spanish infidels with whom you are ever in conflict and strife, with the help of God you will be victorious. Do not refrain from making those who come into your hands food for the sword and targets for the arrow …. We on our side will not be idle; we will at the right time take the necessary measures and harass the Spanish infidels, and we will in any case give you help and assistance. Let it be noted. Murad III
Turkey alone [among the Moslem nations] has formally enacted the separation of church and the state. Bernard Lewis
The only danger is, that he will attempt to suppress polygamy in that country be marrying all of the women himself. Belva Lockwood
This nation has never lived without independence. We cannot and shall not live without it. Either independence or death. Kemal Ataturk
Lasting peace is sought, it is essential to adopt international measures to improve the lot of the masses. Kemal Ataturk
Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say 'What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?' If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness. Kemal Ataturk
National sovereignty should be supported by financial independence. The only power that will propel us to this goal is the economy. No matter how mighty they are, political and military victories cannot endure unless they are crowned by economic triumphs. Kemal Ataturk
Peace is the most effective way for nations to attain prosperity and happiness Kemal Ataturk
The cornerstone of education is an easy system of reading and writing. The hey to this is the new Turkish alphabet based on the Latin script. Kemal Ataturk
The new Turkish State is a state of the people and a state by the people. Kemal Ataturk
The people of the Turkish republic, who claim to be civilized must prove that they are civilized by the way they appear. And that, means boots and shoes, trousers, shirt, and tie, jacket and vest. And to complete these, a cover with a brim on our heads. I want to make this clear. This head covering is called a hat Kemal Ataturk
The veil deprives women of the possibility of earning their livelihood, the custom is well known to be unsanitary, and it tends to hinder the work of the police by enabling criminals to conceal their identity. After ten days any women wearing a veil will be arrested Kemal Ataturk
I am Turkey. To destroy me is to destroy Turkey. Kemal Ataturk
We are a nation without classes or special privileges. Kemal Ataturk
A political party cannot have a religion. Only individuals can. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Prison matures you. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
One nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third Arthur Koestler
If I go into exile, hope remains with me, because I will preserve my people’s affection, which will live in my people’s hearts forever until my last breath. Francis Rakoczi II
All rights of the Armenians to live and work on Turkish soil have been completely cancelled, and with regard to this the Government takes all responsibility on itself, and it has commanded that even babes in the cradle are not to be spared. Mehmet Talaat Pasha; Talaat Bey
We want a non-Islamic government that is respectful of Islam, We will not be Turkey. The Turkish Republic is offensive to the idea of Islam. Sheikh Muhammad Al-Haqqani
O smallest among peoples! rough rock-throne Of Freedom! warriors beating back the swarm Of Turkish Islam for five hundred years, Great Tsernogora! never since thine own Black ridges drew the cloud and brake the storm Has breathed a race of mightier mountaineers. Alfred Tennyson
In our part of the world and in Ottoman culture a poet is a great person, an almost holy person through whom God speaks. Orhan Pamuk
Turkey was never colonized by the Western powers and consequently Turks do not have the resentment of the West that other Moslem nations have. Orhan Pamuk
You are simply eaten up with the Dardanelles. Damn the Dardanelles. This will be our grave. John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
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. Kemal Ataturk
Today the Soviet Union is a friend and an ally. We need this friendship. However, no one can know what will happen tomorrow. Just like the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, it may tear itself apart or shrink in size. Those peoples that it holds so tightly in its grip may one day slip away. The world may see a new balance of power. Kemal Ataturk
No Muslim country is going the way of Turkey. Even Turkey has stopped going the way of Turkey. Dinesh D'Souza
A big city is a big ocean; the one who doesn’t know how to swim finds himself at its bottom! Mehmet Murat İldan
New ideas seem like frightening ghosts to people at the beginning; they run away from them for a long time. Mehmet Murat İldan
The mind God is looking for in man is a doubting, questioning mind, not a dogmatic mind; dogmatic reasoning is wrong reasoning. Dogmatic reason ties a huge rock to a man’s foot and stops him forever from advancing. Mehmet Murat İldan
If the world is turning, even the church can’t stop it; if it isn’t turning, nobody can go out and make it turn. Mehmet Murat İldan
The only way to survive among the evil and corrupt is to be even more wicked and more corrupt than they are! Mehmet Murat İldan
I shall struggle so that the Kurdish and Turkish peoples may live together in a democratic framework. Leyla Zana
A person who publicly denigrates Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and three years. A person who publicly denigrates the Government of the Republic of Turkey, the judicial institutions of the State, the military or security organizations shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and two years. Turkey
In Ankara, your words might weigh more than that of the U.S. administration. Cengiz Candar
The more bans you have in a society, the more you will have radical elements. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
We consider anti-Semitism as a crime against humanity. At the same time we must consider Islamaphobia as a crime against humanity. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
I do not believe in a clash of civilizations in this world. As Turkey we are in an ideal position to be a bridge….We have been able to show that a Moslem country can have a strong democracy…. We have to have a common platform to fight against terrorism. All terrorists are bad no matter what religion the come from. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
A headscarf cannot be a political symbol…. If all political parties allowed women to wear a headscarf if they wanted, there would be no political symbol …. A woman who covers her head does so because of her beliefs not because of politics. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The richness and abundance of this great capital and its district is such as is indeed a wonder to behold: and it is for this reason that it bears the name of Samarkand: for this name would he more exactly written Semiz-kent, two words which signify ‘Rich-Town’. Roy Gonzalez De Clavijo
The most important actors of a scenario never ask for that scenario to be changed; neither do they seek developments that would end their roles. Ahmet Selim
You cannot change everything you face and you cannot also change anything without facing it. Nevval Sevindi
There may be malevolent people at home and abroad who will wish to deprive you of this treasure [the Republic]. If some day you are compelled to defend your independence and your Republic, you must not tarry to weigh the possibilities and circumstances of the situation before taking up your duty … those who hold power within the country may be in error, misguided and may even be traitors. Furthermore, they may identify their personal interests with the political designs of the invaders. The country may be impoverished, ruined and exhausted. Even in such circumstances it is your duty to save the Turkish Independence and Republic. The strength you need is already imbedded in your noble blood. Kemal Ataturk
Let us recollect, brave and generous Greeks, the liberty of the classic land of Greece; the battles of Marathon and Thermopylae, let us combat upon the tombs of our ancestors who, to leave us free, fought and died. Alexandros Ypsilantis
We are unanimously resolved on Liberty or Death. Thus determined, we earnestly invite the united aid of all civilized nations to promote the attainment of our holy and legitimate purpose, the recovery of our rights, and the revival of our unhappy nation. With every right does Hellas, our mother, whence ye also, O Nations, have become enlightened, anxiously request your friendly assistance with money, arms, and counsel. Petros Mavromichalis; Petrobey
The truth is that among the Muslim nations of today Turkey alone has shaken off its dogmatic slumber, and attained self-consciousness. She alone has claimed her right of intellectual freedom: she alone has passed from the ideal to the real. Muhammad Iqbal
A weapon is an enemy even to its owner. Turkish Proverb
He who has no bread has no authority. Turkish Proverb
Two captains will sink the ship. Turkish Proverb
They (Black marines of the Turkish Navy) are from the class of freed slaves or slaves abandoned by merchants unable to sell them. There are always many such at Tripoli. …. They are in exactly the same position with respect to pay, quarters, rations, and clothing as the other Turkish marines, and will equally receive their discharge at the expiration of the allotted term of service. They are in short on the books of the navy. Anonymous
I believe that it must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures. I believe that we must assist free peoples to work out their own destinies in their own way. Harry S Truman
The attempt to suppress new religious, linguistic, cultural, intellectual and political developments during past centuries was the cause of all major wars. Abdullah Öcalan
For the People, Despite the People Republican People's Party (Turkey)
I have sent my Death’s Head units to the East with the order to kill without mercy men, women and children of the Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the Lebensraum that we need. Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians? Adolf Hitler
There is no use for you to argue. We have already disposed of three quarters of the Armenians. There are none at all left in Bitlis, Van, and Erzerum. The hatred between the Turks and the Armenians is now so intense that we have got to finish with them. If we don’t, they will plan their revenge. Talaat Bey; Mehmet Talaat Pasha
Honest men may differ as to practically every point … but in the case of Armenia, it is impossible to admit that there can be honest differences of opinion about the termination of the insane regime of Turkish brutality. New Republic
In Turkey, public opinion is nil and the people always obey any effective executive force, and obey nothing else…. The perpetuation of Turkish rule is the perpetuation of infamy. Theodore Roosevelt
Turkey is a plague spot … a breeder of wars Henry Cabot Lodge
The Armenian massacre was the greatest crime of the war, and failure to act against Turkey is to condone it. Theodore Roosevelt
Seen from the beginning of the 21st century, the reportage of the Armenian Genocide remains a seminal event. It was the first time Americans were confronted with unfathomable numbers of the murder of innocent, unarmed civilians. Peter Balakian
The events in Smyrna have undoubtedly cheapened every Christian life in Turkey James G. Harbord
I cannot do what you have asked me to do. Hasan Mazhar
The deportations of the Armenians took place in complete contradiction of humanity, civilization, and the Government’s honor. The massacres and the extermination of the Armenians, and the sacking and looting of their properties are the results of decisions taken by the Central Committee …. The atrocities were committed according to a scheme conceived of in advance and were organized absolutely intentionally. Ferik Vehip Pasha
From today onwards, all tyranny, injustice, atrocities, deportations and massacres are banished from this country. Damad Ferid Pasha
In the war, nearly the whole civilized world was shocked by the crimes alleged to have been committed by the Turks. It is far from my thoughts to cast a veil over these misdeeds, which are such as to make the conscience of mankind shudder with horror forever; still less will I endeavor to minimize the guilt of the actors in this great drama. The aim which I have set myself is that of showing to the world with proofs in my hand, who are the truly responsible authors of these terrible crimes. Damad Ferid Pasha
I admit that we deported Armenians from our eastern provinces, and we acted in this matter upon a previously prepared scheme. The responsibility of these acts falls upon the deported people themselves. Russia ... had armed and equipped the Armenian inhabitants of this district [Van] ..., and had organized strong Armenian bandit forces. ... When we entered the Great War, these bandits began their destructive activities in the rear of the Turkish army on the Caucasus front, blowing up the bridges and killing the innocent Mohammedan inhabitants regardless of age and sex... All these Armenian bandits were helped by the native Armenians Mehmet Talaat Pasha; Talaat Bey
The Armenians are a race like the Jews: they have little or no national spirit and have poor moral character. Armenians and Greeks have many flaws and deficiencies of character that do not fit them for self government. Mark Lambert Bristol
I’ve been kept busy trying to ward off congressional resolutions of sympathy for these groups. Allen Welsh Dulles
The Department of State has become a concession hunting agency for the Standard Oil Company Vardan Cardashian
The official Turkish documents … prove beyond question that Talaat Pasha and other officials have ordered the wholesale extermination of the Armenians. New York Times
It has previously communicated to you that the Government, by order of the Jemiet (the Young Turk Committee that was the executive of the Turkish Government) has decided to destroy completely all the indicated persons (Armenians) living in Turkey. Those who oppose this order and decision cannot remain on the official staff of the Empire. An end should be put to their existence, however tragic the measures taken must be, and no regard should be paid to either age or sex, or to conscientious scruples. Talaat Bey; Mehmet Talaat Pasha
We hear that certain orphanages … received also the children of the Armenians. Whether this is done through ignorance of our real purpose or through contempt of it, the Government the feeding of such children or any attempt to prolong their lives as an act entirely opposed to its purpose, since it regards the survival of these children as detrimental. Talaat Bey; Mehmet Talaat Pasha
We are faced with the practical extermination of the Armenians. Herbert Hoover
800,000 Armenians Destroyed London Times
The Turkish make no secret of the fact that their main object is the extermination of the whole Armenian race…. The Vali (Governor) admitted quite frankly, ‘We are determined to get rid, once and for all, of the cancer in our country. Anonymous
I put righteousness above peace, and should be entirely satisfied to lead a crusade for the Armenians. Theodore Roosevelt
It would be an advantage to justice if we were to effectively interfere for the Armenians in Turkey, and for the Jews in Russia … and in the Congo Free State. Theodore Roosevelt
The greatest crime of the War…. All of the terrible inequities of the past year and a half, including the crowning iniquity of the wholesale slaughter of the Armenians, can be traced to the … criminal responsibility of Germany (which) must be shared by the neutral powers headed by the United States for their failure to protest when the initial wrong was committed. Theodore Roosevelt
The government is now unable to restrain the horrible massacres that have made that country a graveyard….Armenia is to be redeemed! Woodrow Wilson
Even if 100,000 people die this year, our movement cannot be disrupted Abdullah Öcalan
Although Ham and his descendants have become powerful nations, slavery has ruled amongst them. Have not most Africans as a rule been slaves of their kings? Are not the majority of them still slaves of the Turks? Have not the inhabitants of Congo, Angola, Guinea, Monomopata, and Bagawidri from slave nests, whence many are dragged here and there, sold, and used for all forms of servile labors? These people have been so conditioned, that when freed or treated lovingly they are no good and do not know how to behave themselves. But if one constantly applies the cane to their backs and gives them a sound thrashing without mercy, then one can expect good services from them for their well-being consists of enslavement Johan Picardt
No laws, human or divine, prevent the Romans from seizing and destroying enemies or friends, those near them and those far off, weak or powerful, and from considering every government that does not serve them, especially monarchies, as their enemies. Mithradates the Great; Mithradates VI
To go to war against the Turks is to resist God who punishes our iniquities through them. Leo X
I think that's what makes many Swedes jealous of immigrant groups. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that brings you together. And what do we have? We have Midsummer's Eve and such silly things. Mona Ingeborg Sahlin
The Armenian contribution to Turkish culture was immense: they set up the first modem Turkish theatre, they published books in Turkish, they devised Turkish translations for new Western terms and concepts, they were prominent in Turkish music, both as composers and performers. Andrew Mango
As a result of Armenian emigration and the immigration of Muslim refugees fleeing from successive Russian advances in the Caucasus, Muslims came to outnumber the Armenians by a large margin in historic Armenia. Andrew Mango
The heroic struggles of the Greeks themselves, in which our warmest sympathies as free men and Christians have been engaged, have continued to be maintained with vicissitudes of success adverse and favorable. John Quincy Adams
Abolish all monopolies of agricultural produce, or of every other articles whatsoevader, adeas well as all permits from the local governors, either for the purchase of any article, or for its removal from one place to another when purchased, any attempt to compel the citizens of the United States of America to receive such "permits" from the local governors shall be considered as an infraction of this treaty, and the Sublime Porte shall immediately punish with severity any viziers, or other officers, who shall have been guilty of such misconduct, and shall render full justice to citizens of the United States of America for all losses or injuries which they may duly prove themselves to have suffered thereby. Ottoman Empire; United States; Turkey
In Turkey, Egypt and the Maghreb, men who are ‘active’ in sexual relations with other men are not considered homosexual; the sexual domination of other men even confers a status of hyper-masculinity. Khalid Duran
Peace is the most effective way for nations to attain prosperity and happiness. Kemal Ataturk
If I accept the job, you will still interfere. I don’t want to fall out with you, as I believe that you are the right man to save the nation at the head of the army. Husseyn Rauf Orbay
America…could within twenty years bring us to a degree of development which Turks, left to themselves, would not be able to achieve in a century. It would make Turkey prosperous, rich and happy and turn Turks into a strong and civilized nation. Riza Nur
Disbelievers will not be successful. Muhammad
The precondition of all happiness…and particularly of economic and commercial development is tranquility, security and order beyond the reach of any violation. Kemal Ataturk
Without justice, development is not possible. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
I sometimes feel jealous of countries like the U.S. and Great Britain that have two neighbors. ... When you have two neighbors, you have two problems. When you have eight neighbors, you have eight problems. Ahmet Kenan Evren
Can the rights and freedoms of millions of virtuous people who believe in democracy be safeguarded if those who seek to destroy it abuse rights and freedoms to achieve their goals? Ahmet Kenan Evren
All my trust in the politicians had been rubbed away. Ahmet Kenan Evren
Our sole aim was, by virtue of this war, to rid ourselves of the lot of them, however many international decisions there were. Each one represented a blow to our...independence. Ahmed Djemal
I shall not return to Constantinople until I have conquered Egypt! Ahmed Djemal
Revolutionary leadership requires resistance to corruption. Kemal Ataturk
Let us not allow the splits and splintering to frighten us. It is, indeed, a pity, but what can we do, since we are Bulgarians and all suffer from one common disease. If this disease had not been present in our ancestors, from whom we inherited it, they would have never fallen under the scepter of the Turkish Sultan... Georgi Nikolov Delchev; Gotse Delchev
The European policy is invariably the maintenance of the status quo, and you will do nothing for the subject races unless we, by taking initiative, make you realize that helping us against the Turks is the lesser of the evils. Eleftherios Venizelos
Generations of tradition and hard work are required to form a nation of traders. Alexander Telford Waugh
Poverty, and material and moral misery, are everywhere. There is little to cheer us. Unfortunately, this is the true state of the country. It’s not our fault: unthinking rulers, ignorant of the way of the world, have run this country for years, not to say centuries, and reduced a paradise to this sorry state. Most of our officials are inexperienced and at a loss. Our poor people have ability, but they have fallen under the influence of superstitions which have been presented as sacred dogma. Kemal Ataturk
I do not want to be recorded in history as the man who bequeathed a tyranny. Kemal Ataturk
These different blocs in the Turkish Empire...always conspired against Turkey; because of the hostility of these native peoples, Turkey has lost province after province - Greece, Serbia, Rumania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Egypt, and Tripoli. In this way, the Turkish Empire has dwindled almost to nothing. Mehmed Talat
Turkey is taking advantage of the war in order to thoroughly liquidate its internal foes--the indigenous Christians--without being thereby disturbed by foreign intervention. Mehmed Talat
… the sick man of Europe Alexander I
Armenians, as a people that have survived the Genocide, have a moral duty towards mankind and history in the prevention of genocides. We have done and will continue to do our best to support the persistent implementation of the Genocide Convention. Genocide cannot concern only one people, because it is a crime against humanity. Serzh Sargsyan
Whenever a massacre of Armenians is reported from Asia Minor, everyone assumes that it has been carried out "under orders" from somewhere or another; no one seems to think that there are people who might like to kill their neighbors now and then. Hector Hugh Munro
My failure to stop the destruction of the Armenians had made Turkey for me a place of horror Henry I. Morgenthau
We, 'the United States of America, are now called upon to play the part of Florence Nightingale; to take our stand and insist upon it that the slaughter shall cease. Oh! let us give money, let us give life, but let us stand by our principles of civil and religious liberty.' Julia Ward Howe
We are appealing to the ears of the whole civilized world. We want you, Armenian citizens, and Armenians all over the world, to know and feel that from our heart of hearts we sympathize with them tonight in the deep wrong, in the terrible crimes, that have been committed in the name of government. Samuel J. Barrows
We are appealing to the ears of the whole civilized world. We want you, Armenian citizens, and Armenians all over the world, to know and feel that from our heart of hearts we sympathize with them tonight in the deep wrong, in the terrible crimes, that have been committed in the name of government. Samuel J. Barrows
It is literally true... that an attempt is beng mad to exterminate the whole armenian race and put an end to the whole Armenian question. All the horrors in Bulgaria that led to a great war have now been repeated, and we are here, not only to protest but to demand off our government that it shall send its delegates to Turkey and ascertain the facts and demand explanation. Henry Blackwell
[A] representative of... a government whose Three Graces are Tyranny, Rapacity, Blood. Mark Twain
We are appealing to the ears of the whole civilized world. We want you, Armenian citizens, and Armenians all over the world, to know and feel that from our heart of hearts we sympathize with them tonight in the deep wrong, in the terrible crimes, that have been committed in the name of government. Samuel J. Barrows
My failure to stop the destruction of the Armenians had made Turkey for me a place of horror Henry I. Morgenthau
There is no weapon stronger than the press. Isabel Barrows
demands for the improvement of life for the armenians are the everlasting persecutions and hostilities of the christian world. Abdul Hamid II
The dhimmi were also required to follow institutionalized codes of behavior. Armenians, for example, had to be deferential before Muslims in public; they could not ride a horse when a Muslim was passing by, they were to wear dress that made them easily identifiable; they were forbidden to own weapons. Peter Balakian
The Armenians [have] been decieved and ... their rights have not been recognized. Khirmian; Hairig
The first occasion since the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks on which Christians have dared resist soldiers in Stamboul. William White
The details given of these horros are too many and too detailed not to have in them a large amount of truth. Edwin Pears
For thirty years the press has ceased to exist in Turkey. There are indeed newspapers, many of them even, but the scissors of censorship cut them in so emasculating a manner that they no longer have any potency. If I dare, I would call them gelded newspapers — or rather, to keep the local color, eunuchs. Paul Fesch
The measure of arming the Kurds is regarded with great anxiety here. This feeling is much increased by the conduct of the Kurds themselves, many of whom openly state that they have been appointed to suppress the Armenians, and that they have recieved assurances that they will not be called to answer before the tribunals for any acts of oppression commited against Christians. Charles Hampsun
Armenians were absolutely hunted like wild beasts, being killed wherever they were met, and if the slaughter was not greater, it was, I believe solely owing to the vastness of the mountain ranges of that district which enabled the people to scatter, and so facilitated their escape. In fact, and speaking with full sense of responsibility, I am compelled to say that... the object was extermination, pure and simple. H. S. Shipley
When the victims had travelled a few hours from their starting place, the Kurds would sweep down from their mountain homes. Rushing up to the young girls, they would lift their veils and carry the pretty ones off to the hills. They would steal such children as pleased their fancy and mercilessly rob all the rest of the throng. If the exiles had started with any money or food, their assailants would appropriate it, thus leaving them a hopeless prey to starvation. They would steal their clothing, and sometimes even leave both men and women in a state of complete nudity. All the time that they were committing these depredations the Kurds would freely massacre, and the screams of women and old men would add to the general horror. Henry I. Morgenthau
Our aim in waging the war in the [Middle] East was to ensure the complete and final emancipation of all those people so long oppressed by the Turks, to establish national governments and administrations which shall derive their authority from the initiative and free will of the peoples themselves Palestine News
Let us not allow the splits and splintering to frighten us. It is, indeed, a pity, but what can we do, since we are Bulgarians and all suffer from one common disease. If this disease had not been present in our ancestors, from whom we inherited it, they would have never fallen under the scepter of the Turkish Sultan ... Georgi Nikolov Delchev
With us it is not a question of Bolshevism or democracy, but of life or death. Ahmed Djemal
If every country tries to race towards the lowest [tax] rate, then in the end nobody gains. If you believe there should be no government at all, then fine. But if you believe some government is good, then you cannot have a system that erodes the tax base in all major countries. Kemal Derviş
Now we have a menace that is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Farm subsidies are a matter of national food security Masum Burak
In Turkey, the Kamalist elite ignored the religious leadership, the countryside, and the Kurds. Creating groups of very unhappy people who cohered into a new political opposition. The same happened in Israel, and Menachem Begin connected with them. Today, both Erdogan and Netanyahu rule from a support base that is more religious, more rural, and less educated, where honor and nationalism are important. That makes the relationship between the two very hard. Alon Liel
When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill! Recep Tayyip Erdogan
If this is about holding meetings, if this is a social movement, where they gather 20, I will get up and gather 200,000 people. Where they gather 100,000, I will bring together 1 million from my party. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
In a rational world, the Turks’ systemic and large-scale violence against and suppression of Kurds’ legitimate rights and national aspirations, not to mention the Turks’ genocide of the Armenians, and mass killings of Greeks and others, not to mention their invasion, dismembering and occupation of half a sovereign country, Cyprus, in 1974, . . . might have brought upon Turkey the world’s condemnation and generated in international organizations, including the United Nations, a preoccupation with its predations and the production of intensively negative beliefs and passions, including prejudice . . . similar to and perhaps far exceeding that against Jews. But it has not — not even 1 percent as much. Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
Your Excellency, the weight of my body would break the gallows with a noise loud enough to be heard in America. Aaron Aaronsohn
I can testify that Greeks, Latins, Germans, Hungarians, Bohemians and men from all the Christian countries were on the side of the Turks…. Oh, the wickedness of denying Christ like this. Archbishop Leonard
Whenever the [Ottoman] Turks begin to be troublesome, send embassies to the West at once, offer to accept union, and protract negotiations to great length. The Turks so greatly fear such union that they will become reasonable. And still, the union will not be accomplished because of the enmity of the Latin nations. Manuel II Palaeologus
Your power, which is already very great, you can increase more by peace than by war. For the outcome of war is uncertain. More often you see adversity rather than prosperity accompany it. Chandarly Halil Pasha
The [Ottoman] Turks, having no idea of the sacred mysteries… were not accustomed to inquire into professions of faith or to persecute anyone on that account Michael the Syrian
God be praised! The support of Islam is strong … In the lands of the Arabs, the Persians, the Romans and the Russians, the sword is in the hands of the [Ottoman] Turks and the fear of their swords is rooted in men’s heart. Al-Rawandi
We came down on them like a flood! We went out among their cities! We tore down the idol-temples, We shat on the Buddha's head! Mahmud al-Kashgari
Turk: Anyone behaving as a barbarian or savage. Oxford English Dictionary
We beg God’s salvation from the cunning of the Pope and the terror of the Turk. Lutheran Church
What the city [Constantinople] contains is its own; beyond the walls it has no dominion—owns nothing. If I want to build a castle at the Sacred Mouth, it can’t forbid me. Tell your emperor this: The sultan who now rules is not like his predecessors. What they couldn’t achieve, he can do easily and at once. The things they did not wish to do, he certainly does. The next man who comes here on a mission like this will be flayed alive. Mehmed II
Secrecy of this sort has its costs. By keeping to ourselves the assurance on the Jupiters, we misled our colleagues, our countrymen, our successors, and our allies that it had been enough to “stand firm”. Leslie H. Gelb
Do not sleep. Be awake on your throne. Suleiman the Magnificent
The reason there IS a Turkey and there ISN'T a Kurdistan is in all of history no Kurd could ever stand by any other Kurd long enough to hold off all the hungry Arabs, Persians, Turks, Brits and other sand carnivores swimming around the Fertile Crescent. Gary Brecher
The Jews are a peculiar people: things permitted to other nations are forbidden to the Jews. Other nations drive out thousands, even millions of people and there is no refugee problem. Russia did it, Poland and Czechoslovakia did it, Turkey threw out a million Greeks, and Algeria a million Frenchman. Indonesia threw out heaven knows how many Chinese — and no one says a word about refugees. But in the case of Israel the displaced Arabs have become eternal refugees. Eric Hoffer
When you forcefully suppress religious nationalism, you radicalize it. When you give it a role in the market-place of ideas, one of two things always happens. Either, the ideologues moderate their views, like the Justice & Development Party in Turkey, or they fall spectacularly like the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Both of those are good outcomes. Reza Aslan
Turkey jails more journalists than any other country in the world—more than China, more than Iran Dexter Filkins
The responsibility for all these acts falls first of all on the deported people. Mehmet Talaat Pasha; Tallat Bey
There remains the criticism that America has deserted the minorities. We could have insisted on an independent Armenia only if we had been willing to send an army and navy to Anatolia to fight for it and to support it after the war, but no American is so blind as to believe that this would have been possible. Theodore E. Burton
When a Turkish Sultan had to cede a part of his territory, inhabited by Mohammedans, then such a cession meant not only a loss for the ruler, but an intolerable injury to any Sultan who called himself Khalif. It was commonly thought among Mohammedans that no true Khalif would ever assent to such a thing. From 1774, when the first treaty of peace implying such a cession was concluded with Russia, appearances were saved by granting to the Khalif continued spiritual authority over the inhabitants of the ceded territory. Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje
Those who are innocent today may be guilty tomorrow. Talaat Bey; Mehmet
… sooner or later the Armenian-Turkish relations will be normalized since closed borders between States is a non-sense in the 21st century, and rulers can find themselves in an unenviable position if they fail to keep up with the global developments. Tigran Sargsyan
What did the Ottoman Empire bring to the peoples under its yoke other than massacres, oppression, and tyranny? Serzh Sargsyan
Let politicians deal with politics. I will put effort into enhancing the dialogue between the Turkish and Armenian peoples. Sebouh Chouldjia
I want to set up a warm and fruitful dialogue. I see that there is no trust between upper level politicians of Turkey and Armenia, but there is trust between the people. People of both countries come together frequently anyways. Sebouh Chouldjian
it was no less natural that Turkey, taking her stand on the right of conquest, which to this day forms an essential part of the conventional public law of the civilized world, should have viewed the revolutionary movement among her Greek subjects in the light of a criminal enterprise to be resented and combated with all the greater force … Ahmed Rustem Bey
While the American proposals for the limitation of [opium] production may have been theoretically sound, the United States ignored the practical obstacles in the way of their achievement. In one sense these proposals were unfair, since they transferred the responsibility for suppressing the international drug traffic from the strong countries to lamentably weak governments such as those of China, Persia and Turkey. Financially, the United States stood to lose nothing and to gain everything by the acceptance of its proposals. The producing countries, as well as the governments of territories where smoking prevails, would on the other hand be obliged to give up revenues amounting to millions of dollars a year. In other words, the United States asked from the remainder of the world sacrifices which entailed no hardships for herself. Raymond Leslie Buell
The Turks have always owed their power to the dissensions of Christendom. Auguste Gauvain
There is no such thing as a line of defense. Only an area to defend. That area consists of the entire Motherland. Not one inch of our country can be abandoned unless drenched with the blood of its people. Kemal Ataturk
When she [Turkey] declared that she meant to observe a strict neutrality she was perfectly sincere. It is true that she ordered at the same time a general mobilization, but this was in the nature of a precautionary measure destined to safeguard the security of her territories. A painful experience has taught her … she can be at any time the sudden victim of armed aggression. It is because she would not allow herself any more to be overtaken by such a contingency that she called her entire manhood to arms. It is also true that a German mission headed by General Liman von Sanders is in charge of the reorganization of her land forces, but that does not mean, as some believe, and others, less ingenuous, affect to believe, that she has abdicated into its hands. Turkey has a great regard for Germany, as it seems to me every other nation must have which is not absolutely blinded by prejudice; and may have considered at one time or another the advisability of cooperating with her; but she is not at her beck and call, and has never been. Ahmed Rustem Bey
The problem, therefore, reduced itself to [opium] production in Persia, Turkey, and Jugoslavia. The first of these countries declared that it could not restrict production without a loan of ten million tomans, customs autonomy, and a financial moratorium. The other two said that until other means of livelihood had been found for their peasant populations, production could not be limited. Raymond Leslie Buell
The plebiscite which restored Constantine to the throne, though it undoubtedly registered the will of the Greek people at that time, was never accepted by Britain and France, nor by the United States. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
Posing as a savior and a restorer of the Byzantine Empire, he let his people in their madness believe that he would soon lead them to Saint Sophia. Auguste Gauvain
Turkey of her own free will … has cast away the sword with which she had rallied the enemies of western civilization to her support; she has abolished the Khalifate upon which she based her claim to the leadership of Islam; she has deposed both Khalif and Sultan and driven into exile every member of the House of Othman that had ruled over her in unbroken succession for nearly six and a half centuries since the Turkish hordes … swept down from their remote Central Asian homelands to build up the Ottoman Empire. Ignatius Valentine Chirol
Turkey is a country where Islam and secularism coexist. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The Serb kingdom, after varying fortunes culminating in the magnificence of Tsar Stephen Dushan, crowned in 1346 as "Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks" with territories stretching from the Danube to Thessaly and from the Adriatic well into what is today Bulgaria, went down at last before the Turkish invasion; the fatal blow was received on the Field of the Blackbirds on the 15th of June, 1389, a day remembered by the Serbs each year through five centuries as a day of mourning--now the national holiday. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
The Turks would seem to be well within their rights in demanding that ancient servitudes should be abolished. Special concessions and privileges obtained by diplomatic intrigues, bribery or unfair coercion should not be revived, particularly when they served the ulterior political end of "pacific penetration. Philip Marshall Brown
A distinct and regular method appears to have been followed in the destruction of villages, group by group, for the last two months ... there is a systematic plan of destruction of Turkish villages and extinction of the Muslim population. This plan is being carried out by Greek and Armenian bands, which appear to operate under Greek instructions and sometimes even with the assistance of detachments of regular troops. Inter-Allied Commission on the Greek-Turkish Conflict
With a view to assuring our national and economic development, and giving the country a more regular and more modern administration, the signatories of the present pact consider the possession of complete independence and liberty as the sine qua non of our national existence. In consequence, we oppose all juridical or financial restrictions of any nature which would arrest our national development. The conditions of settlement of our proved debts shall likewise not be contrary to these principles. Kemal Ataturk
The Ottoman Government has abrogated, as from the first of October next, the conventions known as the Capitulations, restricting the sovereignty of Turkey in her relations with certain powers. All privileges and immunities accessory to these conventions or issuing therefrom are equally repealed. Having thus freed itself from what was an intolerable obstacle to all progress in the Empire, the Imperial Government has adopted as the basis of its relations with the other powers the general principles of international law. Turkey
Young girls have been infected by television programs and have become sex addicts…. Young women should not laugh in public. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
The lamentations of good men on the subject of party are vain; parties are inseparable from every free government; and you must either have parties with all their good and bad effects, or no freedom of thought or speech, as in Turkey, or any other state where parties are not to be found. William Smyth
He who speaks the truth must keep one foot in the stirrup. Turkish Proverb
Secularism is the crucial difference between Turkey and the rest of the Muslim world. Ahmet T. Kuru
Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side now here in this country of ours... You, the mothers, who sent your sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well. Kemal Ataturk
We derive our inspiration, not from heaven, or from an unseen world, but directly from life.. Kemal Ataturk
It is claimed that religious unity is also a factor in the formation of nations. Whereas, we see the contrary in the Turkish nation. Turks were a great nation even before they adopted Islam. This religion did not help the Arabs, Iranians, Egyptians and others to unite with Turks to form a nation. Conversely, it weakened the Turks’ national relations; it numbed Turkish national feelings and enthusiasm. This was natural, because Mohammedanism was based on Arab nationalism above all nationalities. Kemal Ataturk
The future is in the skies. Kemal Ataturk
[Turkish women] had lived free of the veil for 5,000 years, and had been covered only in the last 600 years. Kemal Ataturk
We are not just faced with a simple network, but one which is a pawn of evil forces at home and abroad. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
We the most sacred Moslem Emperor … Murad III, in token of our Imperial friendship … with Elizabeth, Queen of England, does signify and declare that the people and subjects of the same Queen, may safely and securely come to our princely dominions, with their goods and merchandise, and ladings and other commodities by sea, in great and small vessels, and by land with their carriages and cattle, and that no man shall hurt them, but they may buy and sell without hindrance … Murad III
Thousands of English traders crossed many of today’s no-go regions, like Aleppo in Syria, and Mosul in Iraq. They were far safer than they would have been on an equivalent journey through Catholic Europe, where they risked falling into the hands of the Inquisition. Jerry Brotton
Salute even the customers in places where alcohol is served. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
All the problems that haunt Turkey emanate from the personality and goals of Erdagon, Murat Belge
Fighting against communism is as beneficial as praying. National Turkish Student Association
Is it possible to tolerate the state order being undermined from morning to night because doing so is supposedly a democratic obligation. Adnan Menderes
The Armenian movement was the deadliest of all threats. From the conquered lands of the Serbs, Bulgars, Albanians, and Greeks, they could, however reluctantly, withdraw, abandoning distant provinces and bringing the imperial frontier nearer home. But the Armenians, stretching across turkey-in-Asia from the Caucasian frontier to the Mediterranean coast, lay in the very heart of the turkish homeland—and to renounce these lands would have meant not the truncation, but the dissolution of the turkish state. turkish and Armenian villages, inextricably mixed, had for centuries lived in neighborly association. now a desperate struggle between them began—a struggle between two nations for the possession of a single homeland, that ended with the terrible holocaust of 1915, when a million and a half Armenians perished. Bernard Lewis
There may be no escape from the political aspects of setting the record straight on any genocide, and the Armenian Genocide more than most other mass killings has been the victim of deliberate, sustained falsication. Historians are embedded in those politics no matter how faithfully they attend to the obligations of their craft. Ronald Grigor Suny
Claim the State. Claim the nation. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Half of the Country adores Erdogan, and half of the country loathes him. Jared Malsin
Erdogon has become so paranoid, so power-hungry, he doesn't even allow institutions to flourish, It has become a one-man show. Gonul Tul
Following World War II, the world mostly shared values about human rights, democracy and so forth. Many believed then that Western liberal ideas would be universal. But today it is not the case that we share the same values. If you look at Russia, China, Turkey—and even inside our societies—people have different concepts about how to organize big societies. Typically in Western society, the individual is protected against the collective. But increasingly, the collective is protected against the individual. And even inside our own society, the question arises more and more about how much should you defend the collective against the individual? What is the right balance? Klaus Schwab
Democracy is like a street car. You get off when you reach your destination. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey is called as a secular democracy. Turkey is neither secular nor a democracy. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
Single-party rule fostered a culture of corruption that touched the highest levels of government, as well as the Erdogan family. On December 17, 2013, police officers raided several homes, seized $17.5 million in cash, and detained fifty-two people with ties to the AKP. Prosecutors charged fourteen people with bribery, corruption, fraud, and money laundering. Four ministers resigned. As the crackdown unfolded, Erdogan called Bilal, his son, instructing him to dispose of cash at several family homes. Wiretaps recorded the calls. At eight in the morning on December 17, 2013, Erdogan called Bilal: “Now I’m telling you, whatever you have in the house, get rid of it, OK?” Father and son spoke four times during the day. In their last conversation, Bilal indicated: [I still have] “30 million euros ($39 million) that we could not yet get rid of.” Erdogan assured Bilal, “Whatever, we will deal with it.” Bilal indicated “Berat Albayrak, (Erdogan’s son-in-law and current minister of energy), “has an idea to buy villas from Sehrizar Apartments. What did you think?” The case was white washed. Prosecutors and police were fired and incriminating tapes destroyed to get rid of the evidence. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
Turks living in Europe should have five children in order to affect Europe’s demography. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
By November 2016, Turkey had more journalists in jail than any country in the world. As many as 150 journalists, one-third of the total jailed worldwide, were imprisoned. More than 160 media outlets were closed by the end of 2016. Turkey uses a variety of techniques to suppress criticism. Journalists are prosecuted for terrorism, insulting public officials, or crimes against the state. Threats and physical attacks occur. Officials interfere with editorial independence and pressure media organizations to fire critical journalists. The government also exerts financial pressure. For example, the Dogan Group, which owns Hurriyet and CNN Turk, was penalized $3.2 billion in tax arrears. Turkish courts and regulators issue gag orders on specific topics. A ban on allegations of MIT involvement in weapons shipments to Syria was imposed in February 2014. Another was issued in March 2014, restricting dissemination of leaked audio recordings of national security meetings. Can Dundar, editor in chief of Cumhurriyet was sentenced to five years for reporting on MIT’s weapons transfers to ISIS in Syria. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
Turkey still has one of the highest number of imprisoned journalists in the world. European Parliament
The debate is ended. Fifty percent plus one vote is all we need to govern this country. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
We are not entitled to forgive the killing of our martyrs. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Access to information is a fundamental human right. Jimmy Wales
The democratic option is the only alternative to solving the Kurdish question. Separation is neither possible nor necessary. We want peace, dialogue, and free political action within the framework of a democratic Turkish state. Abdullah Öcalan
Donald J. Trump promised to drain the swamp of lobbyists and influence peddlers. Yet, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan has spent millions to influence the US government. Erdogan feels sufficiently immune that he watched his personal security beat up peaceful protesters in broad daylight just minutes after meeting Trump at the White House. The government of Turkey has bought an army of advocates, including high profile individuals with ties to the Trump administration, lobbying firms, and thinks-tanks. The Flynn Intel Group was paid $500,000 to represent Turkey’s national security interests. Flynn belatedly disclosed the transaction, as required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act, after his Turkish ties were exposed.... Lobbyists are well remunerated. Turkey pays the Gephardt Group $141,000/month; Amsterdam Partners gets $50,000/month (for working on the Gulen extradition); Greenberg Traurig, Giuliani’s law firm, receives $40,000/month; Capitol Counsel gets $32,000/month; Mercury $20,000/month; Madison Group $20,000/month; McBee Signal $20,000/month; Jim Arnold $20,000/month; MediaFix $9,000/month. Turkey paid APCO Associates $741,000 in 2016. And yesterday, Turkey signed a fixed fee representation agreement with Burson-Marsteller to provide integrated public relations. Work includes media outreach, monitoring and analysis, event support, stakeholder engagement, and social media counsel. The deal was announced just days after Erdogan security attacked US citizens protesting Turkey’s human rights record, which the D.C. Metropolitan Police called a “brutal attack on peaceful protesters.” Lobbyists typically represent foreign interests, no matter how heinous. K Street lobbying firms will almost never turn down lucrative contacts. David L. Phillips (International Affairs)
You cannot fight one terrorist organization by making use of another terrorist organization. Yasar Halit Cevik
Democracy is not my main aim. It is just a tool. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
You can do everthing in Turkey but the price is very high. You have to pay the price however.... It might mean jail or it might mean death. So you have to think very carefully. Can Dundar
The abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate by Kamal Ataturk after World War I was an affront to God’s rule. Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
The government that has imprisoned more journalists than any other in the world was democratically elected. Fareed Zakaria

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