Archive for January, 2012




Contemporary Turkish Novelist & Playwright Mehmet Murat ildan (MMI), Member of the International PEN Writers.

This account is consists of the Collection of His Quotes, Quotations, Aphorisms, Apothegms, Words of Wisdom, Maxims, Wise Words and Sagacious Sayings.

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* Create a good idea and leave it in the darkness; you will then see that people will come with the candles in their hands to find it, because just like the bad, the good has also a special scent! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not give little man big power and do not give big man little power! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Seek truth! Seek truth in the darkness, under the oceans, above the clouds; seek it everywhere and every time! Stop deceiving yourself with the untruth, seek the truth! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Watching snowing would be much greater if there were no homeless people! Man can never be fully happy and comfortable till all men become happy and comfortable! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Open your eyes and look around carefully at the moments when you think you have failed, because the lighthouse of the success mysteriously appears amongst the fog at those very moments! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A good quote is a beautiful inspirational spring branch in the reader’s mind; it is a powerful propulsive force too, just like a wind! All men need winds! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you want to help a hungry poor man sleeping on the bench, don’t ever wake him up; put the food on the bench, put some money and leave the place without looking at your back! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Any man who pursues for peace is a remarkable man! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When you want to say something very important, tell it with a short sentence! There is no time for long stories! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* All governments like the ignorant, because their existence depends on them! If the society becomes wise, governments cannot survive, at least the bad ones cannot! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* What you believe might be wrong; what you don’t believe might be right! Don’t be sure of things! Doubt! Investigate! Leave your stupid conceit that your belief is an absolute truth! Open your mind to all the possibilities! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Nature is a good teacher; he who can read the nature well, he can learn sagacious things belong to life from it. Once you stepped in the nature, your philosophical education starts. A black vulture teaches you many things; a bear teaches you many things; a bird making its nest and a rosehip which resists being frozen, they teach you many things! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not postpone your problems, solve them now! Because tomorrow you might be weaker than today and there might arise additional problems! Unsheathe your sword now; forget tomorrow, time is now! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Spring is on the way; summer is on the way; storms are on the way; wars are on the way; sorrow and happiness are on the way; they are all on the way, they are coming! Everything is on the way! Life is a highway; while we are moving on the way, all else is coming towards us! Devil is on the way; angel is on the way! Stay firm on the way! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* To defeat all their enemies and be victorious! This is the unpreventable destiny of all the great ideas! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Silence and creativity are very close friends! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In the middle of the North Pole, anything hot gives the feeling like touching the hand of the God! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do the things you want to do; if you don’t, the things which keep you alive inside you die and you turn into a ghost! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do you want your name to live forever? You fool! Forget your name, try to save yourself! What use there is for you, if your name lives and you die? You fool! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Let the world know your dreams, my friend; realise them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* No day is an ordinary day; all days are extraordinary, because life itself is extraordinary! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* At the point so near to zero, just almost before the death, life’s value jumps to infinity! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Ignorant voters of the democracies are always a great threat to the progression of humanity, simply because they give their votes to the people who look like themselves! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Always seek for balance in your life: If you stayed long in the darkness, walk long in the light; if you talked too much, stay silent for a good while; if you climbed the high mountains, hike long on the plains! Balance everything! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* On the Earth, you admire the Moon; on the Moon, you admire the Earth! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Laws are man-made! They can be faulty, they can be childish, they can be ridiculous, they can be silly and they can even be utterly devilish! Anything man made is open to all the possibilities except perfection! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Looking for a saviour in the sky? Be serious! Know you still not that there ain’t any saviour but science! Get rid of your cultural craps and your religious illusions! Be realist! In this universe, only the realists have the chance to save themselves! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In a conservative old town, say something new and be prepared for the stones! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* There is no need to upset about the fact that our ancestors were monkeys, because they are capable chaps! Don’t be sad about the truth, just understand the truth! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Since many things we see were once an idea, let us create good ideas today because they will be the realities of tomorrow! When you create an idea, do not forget that you shape the future! Idea is your God side! With ideas, you can change the universe, but only with very great ideas! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Biological death is only a mechanical problem, it can be solved and man can live millions of years! Do not believe in life after death! Seek for the life within the life! The medusa of Turritopsis nutricula is biologically immortal and this little creature is a big inspiration for us! He who thinks positively reaches his target! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you really want to feel the life, use not your umbrella! Touch the truth directly! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Life is the art of finding or building a bridge with a great determination every time you come across a precipice! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* What a crazy artist this evolution is! Watch the little cats playing; they are the crazy works of the evolution! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Are you feeling helpless when you think about the dark roads of the future? Then read the biographies of the great men! Learn their life stories; they will lead you to the light! Buddha will lead you to the light; Gandhi will lead you to the light! Men of wider horizons will broaden our own horizons! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* To reach the Land of Calmness, you must pass through the Land of Storms! All heavens require hard struggling! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* You may believe whatever you want; but the most important thing is to update your belief with the truth, with the science! Your dearest belief might be the biggest buncombe ever! Don’t be sad! Continue your road with the new truth! Everything changes! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* People or philosophers keep saying that our fundamental objective in life is to be happy! This is wrong! Our fundamental objective in life is to exist, either happy or unhappy! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* To think the welfare and the goodness of the next generations is indeed a good ethics, but there is much greater ethics than this: To think the welfare and the goodness of the current generations, the very people of now! The reason is simple: Future may not exist, it is only a possibility, but the people of now are not possibility, they are here! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If we are given a chance to go back to our youth, we won’t go back, because we cannot give up our accumulated wisdom and we cannot give up the things that belong to our time! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Feathers are light; but when they come together, they become heavy! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When somebody speaks a language that we don’t know, we often imagine that some important things are being said! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Just like the submarines, deep men are also unaffected by the storms! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Flowers are the beautiful hairs of the Mother Spring! Don’t pluck them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Humanity must have a speed of advance higher than the speed of advance of cosmic disasters or big global catastrophes! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Some says that genetic engineering is within the scope of the God! Well, if it was so, that area would have been encircled with the impassable high walls! Mankind cannot lose its time with this kind of religious craps! Genetic engineering is our garden! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Think about the answers of the questions that have not yet been asked! When they are asked, you will have the answers ready! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is always easy to shine in the dark mud! Choose the difficult task: Amongst the pearls under the sun, try to shine more than them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Applauds of the ignorant majority are worthless; applauds of the wise minority are priceless! Look carefully, who are applauding you? Look carefully, who are blessing you? Mud in the ground or stars in the sky? ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Carry your bag by yourself; carry your umbrella by yourself; open your door by yourself; light your own candle! Do your job by yourself! Don’t use others! Don’t behave like a king, don’t behave like a queen! Be humble! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Freeze, freeze in the winter, if you really want to appreciate the summer! Walk, walk at the edge of the precipices, if you rightly want to learn the meaning of the safety! Switch the lights off, if you want to see the amazing beauty of the light! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Between a stupid fascist and an intelligent fascist, prefer the intelligent one, because there is always a chance to persuade the clever one about the mistakes of his actions! There is no such a chance for stupid and ignorant fascist! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Man must be able to think freely and he must be able to express his thoughts freely! He who is against this is not only fascist and primitive but at the same time is a very great coward also! Only the brave and the honourable men are never afraid of freedom of thought and freedom of expression of ideas! Just like the cockroaches do not like the light, evil minds also do not like the freedom of thoughts! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Inconsistency is a great door for the change and for the progression! Never hesitate to be inconsistent! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* On the road to success, even little stones may cause you fall down! If you are not serious and careful, forget about reaching your target! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Men need discipline! Countries need discipline! World needs discipline! He who wants to be successful needs discipline! Be a man of discipline! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In life, everything awaits in the shadows for the suitable time to come out! All wait silently in the nooks! Observe the shadows and the nooks to guess what will happen! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you are unknown, you can work better! Deserted soils of the mountains create the most beautiful flowers! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Master Plato once said that Lux est umbra Dei; light is the shadow of God. I say this way: Light is the god of shadow! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you want to reduce the rats, use the cats! If you want to reduce the fools, use the books! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Sometimes when you lose your way in the fog, you end up in a beautiful place! Don’t be afraid of getting lost! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Wise man is the rooster of the universe: He awakens the unawake! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A beautiful morning is not a guarantee for a beautiful afternoon! Just like a man of desert appreciates water, value well whatever beauty you have now! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The Sun has no chance to be nobody and that is the punishment for being a sun! If you can be nobody just like a humble tree in a silent forest, you can find the happiness too! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* There is much to be learned from the little kids and from the little animals! Little things teach us big things! Small candles too challenge the huge darknesses ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Create a wisdom and share it with others; in return, don’t wait for anything, not even a simple thanks, because expecting something in return does not belong to the wisdom! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* While sleeping in a hammock, with the touch of a warm wind we remember why we are in love with the life! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Anything good has a magical power! Say something good; it travels around the world without legs; do something good, it flies around the world without wings! Everything good has a mystical power! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you despise the mountains you have climbed, you are not welcomed by the mountains you have not yet climbed! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Beautiful places are almost alive! When you visit them, you can feel their breaths! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* With love, we rise; with hate, we sink! Always remember this golden law! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A beautiful smile without any reason is the smile of the existence! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Stop obeying a dictator; you will then see that he is nothing! Stop obeying a king; you will then see that he is nothing! If you refuse the Devil, you will then see that he will shade away! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is not right to walk alone on the golden road of truth! Enlighten as many people as you can and walk with them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* On the path to truth, you can’t see many people; truth’s way is calm and quiet. Look around you, friend! Are there too many people on the path you walk? If there are, question your path! Get away from the crowds! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If we had known everything in this universe, we would have had to find another universe to feed our curiosity, because what keeps alive man is the curiosity! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Genius tries to conquer the world with art, with songs, with words; stupid tries to conquer it with sword, with guns, with arrows! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

 * Frog in a little pond can be much happier than fish in a vast ocean! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Never hide yourself! When you say something, don’t be in the shadow; let everyone see you! Whatever you say always put your name under it! Be courageous enough not to use any mask; don’t forget that hiding among the bushes is the affair of the cowards! Let the Sun shines on your face and everyman see you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The big man in a small village is the big ship in a small lake! Let him sail to the vast oceans! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Whatever your objective in life may be, never use violence to get it! Violence belongs to the Land of Evil; once you enter there, your face and your heart is forever sealed with the devilish ugliness of the violence! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is impossible to catch today; it flows out from our palms! It is impossible to catch tomorrow; it flows out from our palms! We cannot hold them; they constantly run away from us! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* No government likes the clever and the honourable men, because it is impossible to bridle them; they are independent! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you try to be consistent, you tie yourself to a rock and you restrict your own movements! Don’t do this! Let all the paths are reachable without any obstacle! Free yourself from the consistency! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* No hero is a hero if he ever killed someone! Only the man who has not any blood in his hand can be a real hero! The honour of being a hero belongs exclusively to the peaceful people! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not admire the warriors; do not admire the fighters; condemn the fist! Get rid of this low culture of wildness! Admire the nonviolent; applaud the peaceful; despise the brute force! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Max Lucado says that ‘A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.’ That is true and a man who wants to find out the truth must also do the same thing! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When the sun sleeps, the darkness awakens! When the shepherd disappears, the wolf appears on the horizon! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not discuss the religious matters with people; do not waste your valuable time to discuss the untruth! Your time is short; spend it for the science and the art! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Stupid speaks loudly; he makes noise like pigs! Wise man speaks calmly; he makes sound like quiet lakes! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Decreasing the budget on the space exploration is nothing but a great treason to humanity! Space exploration is closely related to our very existence! Cut the budget on other things and increase the budget on the space exploration! Think great; if you do not think great, universe annihilates you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Wise man’s mind is always very clear. When asked anything, he gives the answer directly almost without any thinking! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In a cold night, even if there is only one homeless living on the streets, this means that you are living in a God damn bad society! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* With faith, you may get stuck in a very big lie and may lose the truth forever; but with doubt, you can always reach the truth! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* There are two kinds of great power which can shake the earth: Earthquakes and big ideas! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In the future, man will be able to create an artificial Sun which is very similar to the Sun in the sky that was once upon a time worshipped as a god! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* All the beautiful corners of the world are the greatest mind and body healers! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The whispering of the truth is stronger than the thunderstorm of the untruth! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Courage is to walk hand in hand with the fear! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Flowers are the Romeos and the Juliets of the nature! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* We admire the castles, because we admire the security! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Every great quotation carries the power to shape the world like a river.  ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Master Michelangelo once said that ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’ This is what we must do when we see an ignorant man: To set him free from the black marble we call ignorance! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Petronius says that ‘Mundus vult decipi – The world wants to be deceived.’ That is very true, otherwise there wouldn’t exist any religion! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* For your enemies, keep the door open forever! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* We are all on the stairs, my friend; some of us are going down, some us are going up! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* We love the morning, because we know that there will be night soon! We love the night, because we know that there will be morning soon! Who loves the morning if there shall be no night? Who loves the night if there shall be no morning? ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Golden bridge, silver bridge or diamond bridge; it doesn’t matter! As long as the bridge takes you across the other side, it is a good bridge! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Bad is always afraid of good and that is the reason why bad tries to eliminate good! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Sometimes the world sits at a corner and waits for you to fail! Surprise the world! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Modern man uses ideas and persuasion to achieve his goals; primitive man uses guns and brute force to achieve his goals! Moral and clever people choose the first method; immoral and stupid people choose the second method! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* On the road to wisdom, behave like a raven and observe everything carefully! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A leader whose speech is prepared by others is not a leader; he is just an empty and stupid bottle! Use your own ideas and your own brain; write your own speech, just like Gandhi, Churchill or Nehru! That is indeed a good ethics and a good honour! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Some little pieces of sand are so full of ego that they see themselves as a giant rock! But then the wind blows, the big ego flies in the air! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Seek for the endless life in the world, because with death, there remains neither the seeker nor the sought! The other world is altogether an illusion! Stop deceiving yourself; seek for the endless life in the world! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In the tranquillity of a garden, we detest the war and love the peace much more than any other places! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* There is only one way to win a war which has begun: To stop it immediately; that is the way! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If somebody tells you ‘History will never forgive you,’ just laugh at him! Because when the history comes, you won’t be here! The threat of history never forgives you is a useless threat! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Are there anything more dishonourable and more coward than not marching in front of the army after taking the decision of war as a politician? Sending others for dying but keeping himself in safety is the affair of the low man only! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you feel stronger and good when the weather is sunny and weaker and bad when the weather is cloudy, then it means your willpower is not powerful yet! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Every moment of existence is a volcano full of truth! Every single moment is ready to explode, may be now, may be two minutes or may be two years later! Truths are ready to erupt! Every single moment is ready to erupt! Be silent; wait for the eruptions! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is always possible that society you live in might go backwards, towards the land of ignorance and darkness! While this tragedy and stupidity happening, you must move forward! You must walk forward, towards the light and wisdom, to the land of reason! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Obedience is the greatest refuge of the weak and the coward people! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you have a light, share it with people; if you have a darkness, share it with the Sun! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* No man is disbeliever! Everyone is believer! All men believe in something! If a man does not believe in God, He is a believer too, because he simply believes that God does not exist! Don’t give yourself airs just because you believe in something since everyman believes in something! Always be humble! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* All man must live in Machu Picchu for some time! Over there, you will be closer to the universe and you will realise how trivial you are in this chaotic cosmos. Science is the only power which will make you bigger and significant in this universe! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Let the people discover you! You might have the key of the locked doors in their lives! Open yourself to the world; you might be the magic the world needs! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Once upon a time millions applauded and supported Adolf Hitler; ignorant masses often cannot see the simple truths and evidently they do not have the ability to see the very clear ends! The stupidity of the ignorant masses has been proven thousands of times in the history! Each time they follow the wrong leader and in the end fall in the cesspool! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If your shout is local, only your village will hear you; if your whisper is universal, the whole world will hear you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you are sure of tomorrow, there is no fool greater than you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A French proverb says ‘Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.’ To tell it more precise, wait till the clock strikes the midnight! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When the water is calm, take as much distance as possible with your boat! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you are a student, try to be a teacher; if you are a teacher, try to be a student! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Roald Amundsen says that ‘Adventure is just bad planning.’ In that case, friends, let us make more bad planning! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Village is an idea; universe is an idea! If you cannot create an idea bigger than your village you live in, you remain inside your village; if we cannot create an idea greater than this universe, we remain inside this universe~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Peaceful and kind one monk is more valuable than violent and rude ten thousand men! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Great master Lao Tzu says that ‘The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
Giving is indeed a very good source of happiness! One of the best treasures a man can give to someone is a good and sound idea; because birds can ascend into the sky only with wings, and men, only with good and sound ideas! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Let the dogs bark, the wolves howl, the lightnings flash and the crows caw, you continue doing your job! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The more peaceful you are, the more beautiful your face becomes; the more violent you are, the uglier your face becomes! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Open the curtains of your mind, my friend; let the world know who you are! Do not hide your ideas; set them free, let them free! Open the curtains! Feel no fear! If there is truth in your ideas, you become invincible! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When the autumn meets the tranquillity, there you can see the King of the Sceneries! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Good manners open the closed doors; bad manners close the open doors! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Every time you go to the zoo, you prolong the captivity of the animals there! If no one goes to the zoos, there will be no zoos! Destroying the evil is very simple and it is in your hand! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Before making a great movement, stay motionless for a good while! If you give legs to the rocks, they will start running like crazy horses! Stillness accumulates liveliness; laziness accumulates industriousness; sleep accumulates motion! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* You cannot do anything good for a dead man! Whatever goodness you want to do for him, do it when he is alive! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A predetermined destiny does not exist; when a man is born, his life is open to all the possibilities; in other words, potentially, man has infinitely different destinies! All destinies are his probable destiny! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Something reduces the speed of the world and that something is stupidity! Stupidity is a boring friction! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Mt. Everest of Earth is 8.8 km tall; Mt. Olympus of Mars is 22 km tall. Every time you see a giant, you must know that that giant might be just a dwarf somewhere else! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* They say martyrdom is the highest rank a believer can achieve! Do not believe in this! The highest rank is the life itself, it is the existence itself! There is no rank in death, but only nothingness! Rank exists only in life! Stick to the life, stay away from death! Neither kill nor die! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Little details have special talents in creating big problems! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Magic of the nights is always much impressive than the magic of the days! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)


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