Archive for May, 2012




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

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

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* Only the hardest roads make us really feel that we are alive! Leave the easy roads! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you are not discovered yet by the people, that is good, you can work better; if you are discovered already by the people, that is good, you can share your work better! It is good to be in the shadow, it is good to be in the light! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Leave your fears; you will then have a better life! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* For a nation to be known as warrior is a shame! For a nation to be known as peaceful is an honour! Violence brings shame, killing brings disgrace; peacefulness brings honour, nonviolence brings esteem! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* You can’t fix everything in life; you must leave some things unfixed to move forward! Do not feel bad about this, because you have no time to fix everything! Leave the unfixed there and move forward! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* To separate man and woman at school, at work, at meetings, in short, to separate them at life, is the affair of perverted and fusty minds! Where there is separation, there is excessive primitiveness! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* To walk on the road is a journey; to sit under the tree is a journey! Everything we do is a journey to somewhere! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When a beautiful road ends, remember how it was to live it over again! When a hard road ends, remember how it was to get a lesson for the future! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you love to dream, it means that you have the wings to fly! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Wherever there is peace lacking, try to create it and put it there! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Sick minds like to prohibit; healthy minds like to free! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Lose some valuable things in very different places and wait for a while! If they come back to you, it means that you are living in an honest society and in a very rare one too! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Never hesitate to open new windows in your life! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Here is a good principle: If need be, give up your principles! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* High positions are full of low people! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The more independent mind you have the more your government will hate you! It is an honour for you to be hated this way! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Buffaloes are stronger than the lions, but they often fall prey to lions because they hesitate to be courageous and thus run away! Be determined or accept being destroyed! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When somebody calls you stupid, if your face turns red from anger, it means that a part of you believes in this! When you call a wise man stupid, his colour never changes! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Protected by hundred bodyguards, even a chick can show some courage! This is also the secret of why some head of states look brave! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Alexander the Great once said that ‘I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity!’ What a great illusion is this! Wise man is he who always chooses to live longer and he who blesses the obscurity! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* There is a way to change your past: Change your interpretation of your past! New interpretation, new past! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you do not feel the bitter cold inside you when you look at the poor trembling out of cold, it means you are lack of compassion; in other words, you are lack of everything! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Every bridge must thank to the precipices or the rivers, because without them, no bridge would exist! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Prepare for the winter without neglecting the beauties of the summer! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* All men leave the harbour of youth, but only few reach the very far island of wisdom! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* To kill your enemy is not a victory; but to make your enemy your friend that is a victory! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Nothing may change in days or in years or all can change in hours and in seconds! Knowing this means that you already know many things! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Wise man and river; they both create new paths! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* With its wonderful horizon, no lighthouse is lonely! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If honesty was like water that people couldn’t live without it, the world which became heavier due to the endless lies would be just light like a feather! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The more coward you are, the bigger your castle  is! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Every leaf knows that time is very short. All life must be lived before the autumn comes! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Society of thinking men! This kind of society has only one destiny: To Rise! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you have good neighbours, you can bear living in a bad cottage; if you have bad neighbours, you can’t bear living even in a good palace! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Sometimes man needs great failures today to accomplish great successes tomorrow! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The reason while we are in danger in this universe is this: We need the universe but the universe does not need us! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Make changes in your life; don’t wear the same roads out, start walking on the new paths! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* For the hard roads, you must have good shoes! And your brain and your luck are your best shoes ever! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is not important to be a believer, it is not important to be religious, because there are billons around the world already! But it is important to be compassionate, it is important to be ethical, because there are only tens of thousands around the world, obviously not many! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If a truth will be accepted with a million repetitions, repeat it million times! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The wisdom of a lonely tree is higher than the wisdom of the forest, because there is more thinking in it! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Anything easy teaches you nothing! To learn something, have some difficulties! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In the land of wild rivers, a calm river becomes either a god or a devil! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not focus on being happy, focus on doing something useful; afterwards, happiness will flow towards you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Watering the tree that does give you neither shade nor fruit is a real ethics! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* For mankind, universe is a battle arena against universe; there is no room for crying! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When you long for the port, it is time to leave the journey; when you long for the journey, it is time to leave the port! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If there is a strong will, there will always be a path even in the middle of precipices! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If your intelligence and your luck are on your side, you don’t need angels! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When all is well in your end, it is not enough! All must be well in every end! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Beautiful places are not for sleeping; they are for staying awake to watch the beauties! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not exaggerate to stay lonely! Do not exaggerate to stay in the crowds! Come and go, from one to another! Spend not long time in either of them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Peace is not a dream; peace is an option! You either choose peace and prove that you are clever and angelic, or choose war proving that you are stupid and devilish! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Be clever and do not build walls, because in the future they will bring only shame to you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Universe will be a very small place once we solve our speed problem! When that day comes, no man will talk about the greatness of the universe! All greatness comes from our smallness and from our slowness! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In times to resist, do not step aside; stay solid like a statue! In times to step aside, do not resist; be flexible like a snake! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Man sometimes needs only stillness, just stillness! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* What a miserable creature man is that he prays in fear to the skies and begs help from the unknown every time he falls down to the ground! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Try to exist even under hardest conditions! That is the effort which deserves the applauses most! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Without spring, life would be much less pinky! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is impossible to carry everyone you know to your future! Most will remain in your past! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Doing of good is the best temple ever built! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Sadness is an opportunity; a good opportunity to learn the real life! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Take your tent and go for the camping! You are dying in the cities! Thousands of stars, hundreds of birds, tens of flowers are waiting for you to heal you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Search for the secret stairs of the wise men; when you find them, lose no time to start ascending! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Behind your every bad fate, almost always there lie your own stupid mistakes! Behind your every good fate, almost always there lie your own clever deeds! Skies have nothing whatsoever to do with your fate! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you are in a remote desert island, let your best hope be your own efforts to build a ship instead of waiting for a ship to appear among the fogs! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If you really love horses, you don’t ride on them; you set them free! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Forest is the best port of the wise man! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* As a big creature, if you do not respect small creatures, you will be even much smaller than them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Walk in the narrow streets after midnight under moonlight! Tranquillity is like a sugar for the mind; you think better in the silence of empty spaces! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When you come across with a problem in your life, do not always try to solve it; make a long jump like a kangaroo and continue your way! Sometimes problems must be leaped over without touching them! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The Empire of Wisdom is the only empire on which the sun never sets! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* All the creatures living on Earth behave more or less the same way! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When you walk inside the nature, nature also walks inside you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A day in which you do goodness far away from the crowds is indeed a very good day! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If there were no mountains, humanity would be much lazier! Challenges make people hardworking! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Sweetness! World needs sweetness! It needs a sweet child, a sweet dolphin, a sweet monkey; it needs sweet people to soften the callous hearts! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Do not try to reach the masses! If you say something good and right, masses will reach you! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When you see your fellow religious man, don’t call him brother; but when you see a man of honour, a man of goodness, a man of peace, a man of ethics, now you can call him as your brother! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Lake is jealous of mountain; mountain is jealous of lake! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In the middle of a perfect tranquillity, it is an art to imagine about the nightmares of storms! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Where the sun sets, love rises! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A free horse where there is no man on its saddle always looks more beautiful than a slave horse with a man on its saddle! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Empty your birdcage, empty your aquarium! To love is to give freedom; to love is to refuse the prisons! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Not to climb the high places lonely, but to climb there all together, to rise en masse! This is the way! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Have you lost your way? Don’t be sad; be happy, because you will see new places, places that you have never been to! It is magical to lose the way! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A beautiful road is a beautiful friend; you never get bored with it! ~ (Mehmet Murat ildan)



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