Inspirational Quotes from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I am mortal. I want the nation to get used to freedom before I die.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

There are two Mustafa Kemals: one is I, the flesh and bone Mustafa Kemal… the scond Mustafa Kemal I cannot describe with the word ‘I.’ That Mustafa Kemal is not I – it is ‘We.’ That Mustafa Kemal is the enlightened and warrior collectivity that is striving for the new thought, the new life, and the Great Ideal on every corner of this country.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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.

Mustafa 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; it is as if he would catch his people in a trap.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I have established the republic. But today it is not clear whether the form of government is a republic, a dictatorship, or personal rule.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Do you want to be a man of today or a man of tomorrow?

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

No country is free unless it is democratic.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I always give much attention to military character and to psychological and morale conditions.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I was born as a soldier and will die as one.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I have a reputation for drinking a lot. Indeed, I drink quite much. However, I give it up when I wish to do so. I never, ever drink while on duty. The drinking is only for my pleasure. I do not remember neglecting my duties because of drinking even once.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

God is my witness that up to now, my only aspiration in life is to be a useful element within the army! I have for long been convinced that, to safeguard the country and give happiness to the people, it is necessary first of all to prove once more to the world that our army is still the old Turkish army.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I am pleased, with a feeling of good fortune, to be from Selanik. If you want to know the truth better, I feel that my chest is overflowing with a feeling of pride.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

I am my own policeman.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

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

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk