Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

  • Turkish leader
  • Born May 19, 1881
  • Died November 10, 1938

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (; Turkish: [mustaˈfa ceˈmal aˈtatyɾc]; 19 May 1881 (conventional) – 10 November 1938) was a Turkish field marshal (Mareşal), revolutionary statesman, author, and founder of the Republic of Turkey, serving as its first President from 1923 until his death in 1938. Ideologically a secularist and nationalist, his policies and theories became known as Kemalism. Atatürk came to prominence for his role in securing the Ottoman Turkish victory at the Battle of Gallipoli (1915) during World War I.

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

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

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

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.

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

No country is free unless it is democratic.

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.