Lajos Kossuth Quotes | Quotes by Lajos Kossuth

1Gentlemen, do you know what is the finest speech that I ever in my life heard or read? It is the address of Garibaldi to his Roman soldiers, when he told them: "Soldier, what I have to offer you is fatigue, danger, struggle and death; the chill of the cold night in the free air, and heat under the burning sun; no lodgings, no munitions, no provisions, but forced marches, dangerous watchposts and the continual struggle with the bayonet against batteries;- - those who love freedom and their country may follow me." That is the most glorious speech I ever heard in my life.

2My principles in respect of religious interest are two,--one is, that the Church shall not meddle with politics, and the government shall not meddle with religion.

3Humility is the part of wisdom, and is most becoming in men. But let no one discourage self-reliance; it is, of all the rest, the greatest quality of true manliness.

4Nationality is the aggregated individuality of the greatest men of the nation.

5No man can force the harp of his own individuality into the people's heart; but every man may play upon the chords of the people's heart, who draws his inspiration from the people's instinct.

6I know that there is one God in heaven, the Father of all humanity, and heaven is therefore one. I know that there is one sun in the sky, which gives light to all the world. As there is unity in God, and unity in the light, so is there unity in the principles of freedom. Wherever it is broken, wherever a shadow is cast upon the sunny rays of the sun of liberty, there is always danger of free principles everywhere in the world.

7The power that is supported by force alone will have cause often to tremble.

8The cause of freedom is identified with the destinies of humanity, and in whatever part of the world it gains ground by and by, it will be a common gain to all those who desire it.

9The policy of the house of Austria, which aimed at destroying the independence of Hungary as a state, has been pursued unaltered for three hundred years.

10In exile, I have tried to profit by the past and prepare for the future.

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11Your generous part in my liberation is taken by the world for the revelation of the fact, that the United States are resolved not to allow the despots of the world to trample on oppressed humanity.

12And if you cannot remain indifferent, you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance in which the fate and condition of man is weighed.

13I will not become a Napoleon nor an Alexander, and labour for my own ambition; but I will labour for freedom and for the moral well-being of man.

14I am a straightforward man.

15It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes.

16Ethics may be defined as the obligations of morality.

17Old age likes to dwell in the recollections of the past, and, mistaking, the speedy march of years, often is inclined to take the prudence of the winter time for a fat wisdom of, midsummer days. Manhood is bent to the passing cares of the passing moment, and holds so closely to his eyes the sheet of, "to-day," that it screens the "to-morrow" from his sight.

18Let him who looks for a monument to Washington look around the United States. Your freedom, your independence, your national power, your prosperity, and your prodigious growth are a monument to him.

19I can understand Communism, but not Socialism.

20History is the revelation of Providence.

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21Now since France has three times in sixty years failed to obtain practical results from Political revolutions, all Europe is apt to press forward into new Social doctrine to regulate the future.

22Justice is immortal, eternal, and immutable, like God Himself; and the development of law is only then a progress when it is directed towards those principles which like Him, are eternal; and whenever prejudice or error succeeds in establishing in customary law any doctrine contrary to eternal justice.

23To know a people's character, we must see it at its homes, and look chiefly to the humbler abodes where that portion of the people dwells which makes the broad basis of the national prosperity.

24Now that I am a deputy, I will cease to be an agitator.

25The protection of God cannot, without sacrilege, be invoked but in behalf of justice and right.

26The Hungarian ministry begged the king earnestly to issue orders to all troops and commanders of fortresses in Hungary, enjoining fidelity to the Constitution, and obedience to the ministers of Hungary.

27You must be a power on earth, and must therefore accept all the consequences of this position.

28There is a sort of natural instinct of human dignity in the heart of man which steels his very nerves not to bend beneath the heavy blows of a great adversity. The palm-tree grows best beneath a ponderous weight, even so the character of man. There is no merit in it, it is a law of psychology. The petty pangs of small daily cares have often bent the character of men, but great misfortunes seldom. There is less danger in this than in great good luck.

29The brave are parsimonious of threats.

30Judgment of the people is often wiser than the wisest men.

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31The time draws near, when a radical change must take place for the whole world in the management of diplomacy.

32My nomination to be Governor was not to gratify ambition.

33Light has spread, and even bayonets think.

34I am a man of peace, God knows how I love peace; but I hope I shall never be such a coward as to mistake oppression for peace.

35It is well to be independent also well not to be neutral.

36Bravery is often too sharp a spur.

37I have to thank the people, Congress and Government of the United States, for my liberation from captivity.

38The principle of evil in Europe is the enervating spirit of Russian absolutism.

39The era of Christianity peace, brotherhood, the Golden Rule as applied to governmental matters is. yet to come, and when it comes, then, and then only, will the future of nations be sure.

40Hungary is, in a word, in a state of WAR against the Hapsburg dynasty, a war of legitimate defence, by which alone it can ever regain independence and freedom.

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41Even in political considerations, now-a-days, you have stronger motives to feel interested in the fate of Europe than in the fate of the Central or Southern parts of America.

42Liberty is a principle; its community is its security; exclusiveness is its doom.

43The tongue of man is powerful enough to render the ideas which the human intellect conceives; but in the realm of true and deep sentiments it is but a weak interpreter. These are inexpressible, like the endless glory of the Omnipotent.

44Fear must rule in a despotism.

45Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness.

46It is chiefly in New York that I feel induced to urge this, because New York is, by innumerable ties, connected with Europe - more connected than several parts of Europe itself.

47Yet my humble capacity has not preserved me from calumnies.

48If I had undertaken the practical direction of military operations, and anything went amiss, I feared that my conscience would torture me, as guilty of the fall of my country, as I had not been familiar with military tactics.

49I consider that it is on instruction and education that the future security and direction of the destiny of every nation chiefly and fundamentally rests.

50Argument is not always truth.

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51In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries, according to their circumstances, their wishes, their wants. England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so.

52I believe that the confidence of Hungary in me is not shaken by misfortune nor broken by my calumniators.

53The unspoken word never does harm.