A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others.

— Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

The most risky Mustafa Kemal Ataturk quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual

Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women.


Science is the most reliable guide for civilization, for life, for success in the world. Searching a guide other than the science is meaning carelessness, ignorance and heresy.


You, the sons and daughters, the future of Turkiye, even under such circumstances and conditions, your duty is to save the Turkish independence and the Republic, you will find the power you need in the noble blood in your veins.


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.


My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth and the teachings of science. Superstition must go.


[Turkish women] had lived free of the veil for 5,000 years, and had been covered only in the last 600 years.


Human kind is made up of two sexes, women and men.

Is it possible that a mass is improved by the improvement of only one part and the other part is ignored? Is it possible that if half of a mass is tied to earth with chains and the other half can soar into skies?


In human life, you will find players of religion until the knowledge and proficiency in religion will be cleansed from all superstitions, and will be purified and perfected by the enlightenment of real science.


On the meeting point of two worlds, the ornament of Turkish homeland, the treasure of Turkish history, the city cherished by the Turkish nation, İstanbul, has its place in the hearts of all citizens.


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.


A youth with wings are the assurance of our nation's future.

We must start to work right away and make progress so that; if one day Westerners leave their footprints on the moon, we shall place a Turkish one among those.


To write history is as important as to make history.

It is an unchanging truth that if the writer does not remain true to the maker, then it takes on a quality that will confuse humanity.


About Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Quotes 73 sayings
Nationality Turkish
Profession President
Birthday May 19, 1881

There are two Mustafa Kemals. One the flesh-and-blood Mustafa Kemal who now stands before you and who will pass away. The other is you, all of you here who will go to the far corners of our land to spread the ideals which must be defended with your lives if necessary. I stand for the nation's dreams, and my life's work is to make them come true.


If one day, my words are against science, choose science.


These left-overs from the former Young Turk Party, who should have been made to account for the millions of our Christian subjects who were ruthlessly driven en masse, from their homes and massacred, have been restive under the Republican rule.


Those who are inclined to compromise never make a revolution.


Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would be to deny the reality found in scientific knowledge and reasoned judgment.


A nation devoid of art and artists cannot have a full existence.


Nations which don't find their national identities will be preyed upon by other nations.


Peace at home, peace in the world.


Sovereignty and the right to rule cannot be conferred on anyone no matter who .

.. as a result of an academic discussion. Sovereignty is acquired by force and power and violence.


Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship.


Heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.


The nation has placed its faith in the precept that all laws should be inspired by actual needs here on earth as a basic fact of national life.


If a society does not wage a common struggle to attain a common goal with its women and men, scientifically there is no way for it to become civilized or developed.


It was when I entered the military preparatory school and put on its uniform, that a feeling of strength came to me, as if I had become master of my own destiny.


Sovereignty is not given, it is taken.


A nation which makes the final sacrifice for life and freedom does not get beaten.


The happiest ones are those who have a character which would prefer their services to be unknown to all generations.


The future is in the skies.


The necessary thing for anyone to be happy and contented as long as he lives is working for the ones who will come after him rather than working for himself... One can reach the true delight and happiness in the life only by working for the existence, honor, and happiness of the future generations.


Unless a nation's life faces peril, war is murder.


Teachers are the one and only people who save nations.


No country is free unless it is democratic.


Where there is no freedom, there is death and destruction.


I do not want history to record me as someone who has bequeathed to his nation the institution of despotism.


A man who doesn't think differently from his time and environment can't grow beyond his time and environment.


Ours is a fully democratic government, which in our language we call a people's government.


I have a characteristic since my childhood.

I don't like living together with my mother, sister, or friends at my home. I have always preferred to be alone and independent and lived according to that.


Greatness consists in deciding only what is necessary for the welfare of the country and making straight for the goal.


To see me does not necessarily mean to see my face. To understand my thoughts is to have seen me.


Science is the most reliable guide in life.


I will lead my people by the hand along the road until their feet are sure and they know the way. Then they may choose for themselves and rule themselves. Then my work will be done.


Men, I am not ordering you to attack.

I am ordering you to die. In the time that it takes us to die, other forces and commanders can come and take our place.


Authority, without any condition and reservation, belongs to the nation.


Would not obeying to my mother's warnings, who is at least 25 years older than me, be returning to the past? And rebelling against her would mean ruining my mother's, who, I am convinced that, is a virtuous high woman, heart and evaluations. I do not find this right, either.


Our aim is not to die. It is to carry out the revolution, to make a reality of our ideas. We must live, to get them accepted by the people.


In order to stave off covetouness, greed, and spite, citizens world over must be educated.


Science is the only true guide in life.