SPEECH DELIVERED BY ATATÜRK ON THE OCCASION OF THE TENTH ANNİVERSARY OF THE TURKISH REPUBLIC

 

The Turkish Nation

We have performed very big works in a short period of time. The biggest of such works is the Republic of Turkey based on the heroism and Turkish Culture. We owe the success to determinative cooperation between the Turkish nation and its esteemed Army. We can never consider those works sufficient. Because we have to perform bigger works. We shall rise our national culture above the level of contemporary civilization. Therefore, the time should conform with the speed and action concept of our century. We shall work harder. We shall realize bigger works in shorter time. We shall be succesful. The Turkish Nation hard working. The Turkish Nation is intelligent. Because, the Turkish Nation had overcome the difficulties by national unity. Because the torch in the hand of the Turkish Nation on the way of progress is positive sicience. Another characteristic of the Turkish Nation is to love the fine arts end to reach a high level in these fields. Therefore, it is our national ideal to develop by all means the good character, industriousness, natural intelligence, particularity about science and fine arts, and national unity concept. Today I definitelly state that, the whole world of civilization will once again recognize the greatness of the Turkish Nation, in a short period of time.

I never doubt that the great civil character of Turkism and its great civil ability will rise as a sun over high horizon of civilisation, through further development.

Happy is the man who calls himself a Turk.

Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK - 1933