Thursday, September 3, 2009

Quotes, Maxims and Sayings of Mehmet Murat ildan -1


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* Fire is the spirit of candle and honesty is the spirit of man. Without spirit, there shall be no light but darkness. (Vatra je duh svijeće, a iskrenost je duh čovjeka. Bez duha neće biti svjetlosti, već samo tama. - in Croatian Language) (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Forest who is in love with fire will wear black wedding gown in her wedding. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*What have you done for science today? Stop doing things for God! He doesn't need anything. Do something for science, for God's sake! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* I like my shadow; it reminds me that I exist. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you want to own the Sun, you must first understand candle. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every man is free to push the mountains, but mountains won't move with these pushes. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Falling in love is like submerging beneath the ocean with a submarine; you leave the outside world and wander in the silence of dimness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If I find God's mobile number, I wouldn't call Him, that would be too expensive!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*For a hungry man, green peas are more shiny than gleaming pearls. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Writer is a monkey, jumping from one tree to another in the jungle of words. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Real love and Sun have something in common; they are so bright that they don't have shadows, they are free of darkness!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*No man is a man without high morals and ethics! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The army of Truth is the real Invincible Armada. Truths are always destined to be victorious. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*What makes a man heavy is the gravity of virtue. Without it, man will be so light that he will be drifted in the winds of immorality. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you want to be shot down by the Arrows of Eros, you should get rid of the iron shield called Logic! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Shepherds know many mysterious languages; they speak the language of sheep and dogs, language of stars and skies, flowers and herbs. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Dwarfs can make revolutions easier than giants, because theirs will be unexpected! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every queen is a woman, but not every woman is a queen. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If a man's shadow is brighter than himself, than that man becomes the shadow itself! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

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*Priest is a fisherman and Holy Book is a fishhook. We either refuse to be a fish or we burn in the frying pan of irrationality! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If this universe is the House of God, then I must say it is quite a dark house despite several hundred billion suns! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*My most comfortable shoe has always been my very barefoot! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When they ask my opinion about Shakespeare, I tell them that if theatre is a powerful magic, then Shakespeare is The Master Magician! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We can drink soup with a fork, it will only take long time! As long as we are patient, we can drink it even with a tiny pin! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I have not seen any Christian sparrow or Muslim lion or Jewish elephant! Animals are lucky as they have not yet invented the religion! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Happiness is the twin sister of optimism and the twin brother of contentment. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every single moment of reality instantly turns into memories; reality can not be caught; we can only catch memories. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Let us free all the animals in the zoos to show them that we are not animals!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We all have regrets and God's regret is mankind! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Politicians are the close relatives of the Devil. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Fame is like a suffocating castle sieged by the enemy. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*For humans as well as for ships, dark stormy nights are better teachers than tranquil sunny days. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you want to appreciate the Sun, be a miner; to value the land, be a sailor and to long for freedom, get married!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Flexibility is one of the main roads leading to happiness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Ducks are sweet, crows are intelligent; but I prefer dolphins because they are both sweet and intelligent. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*No eyes can read the future, because it is a book not yet written! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We are not heavenly destined for a particular road; every road is our destiny; every path and every passage is our fate. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If God exists, it is ok; if He doesn't exist, it is still ok; what matters is our existence, the rest is mere details! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In a puddle, ask for a pool; in a pool, ask for a lake; in a lake, ask for an ocean. This is the way for a frog to reach the stars! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the bed of suspicion, no cushion can make a man to sleep. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Future is an unknown country which requires tough visas for anyone to enter. Not all of us will get the chance to visit it. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Considering the size of the universe, we might conclude that God likes to exaggerate! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every unhappy genius dreams to be in the place of a happy fool. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*For those who are on the roof become insolent as they don't know yet about the slope and the slipperiness of the roof! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A cat who turns her nose up at bread does not deserve meat. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A lonely autumn leaf on the road by sticking to another one becomes more resistant to harsh winds. Unity is the midwife of security! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every man's life is a train made of straw which tries to move on a track made of fire! The very next stop is ashes and dust. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When you are caught in the heavy rains of anger, open the umbrella of mind, take refuge under the roof of reason! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Even if you are the best mountaineer in the world, you are still a little spot on a big mountain. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Stay calm inside! You will then see that outside storms of life, even the most terrible ones, will turn into soft winds. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*No sheep can be a king in the empire of wolves, but any wolf can be an emperor in the kingdom of sheep! Paw is the key to the throne. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*There are only two words with four letters which can make us fly: Wing and Love. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Eternal Brightness is as scary as the eternal darkness." (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When there are no clouds in the sky, under the beautiful sunshine, remember the rain and repair your umbrella!" (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Declare not war against your emotions, or prepare for the inevitable defeat!" (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Under the beautiful moonlight, there remains no ugly reality; even mud turns into a diamond! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The road to happiness has never been a straight one, and yet, it is the only road worth travelling, no matter how curvy or rocky it is!" (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Between the truth and the faith, we must always choose the first one." (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The probability that a genius can do stupid things is much higher than the probability that a stupid can do genius things. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Whatever the blooming of a rose or the appearance of the rainbow in dull weather is, a laughing face is the same. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The greatest masters are the greatest apprentices as well; they are not only greatest givers but also greatest takers. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Our mind is like a fog; even a little wind disperses it easily. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If there were 'intelligence flu', there would be so many people walking around in the damn cold weather, hoping to be contaminated by that flu! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*High intelligence is to think the unthinkable; genius is to realize the very unexpected one. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Have you ever seen a donkey smelling a beautiful rose? Donkeys aren't interested in roses, they like thorn bushes or watermelon rinds! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you have a fish intelligence, you will be easily trapped in the net. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Time, the greatest enemy of man, is an addict who smokes the cigarette of life and uses God's soil as an ashtray." (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If what we have said cannot go beyond the century we live in, it means that we have said nothing. Let us say something for all the centuries! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Writer is a monkey, jumping from one tree to another in the jungle of words. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Conscience is a great moralist inside us with a stick in its hand. It is a whip of virtue which oppresses us unmercifully when we do wrong. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Silence is a beautiful fresh water tank to raise the trout of thought. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Wind is the heart of the wave, the spoon of the sea and the angry bull of the ships. Without wind, there is no ardour, no agitation! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When our star shines, someone else's fades away; when our dream is fulfilled, someone else's turns into a nightmare! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The World's most powerful army is the Army of Medicine, as it is fighting against a real enemy, the most powerful one: The Death! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Our dreams are our precious diamonds; without them we are endlessly poor. Let us perpetually dream to be overly wealthy! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Those waters which leave the main stream either cannot reach the sea and disappear in inland or find a better place, a beautiful lake. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Music is an extraordinary locksmith; it is so competent that it can open our soul's door even with closed eyes! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A good library at home is a giant empire inside the house. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Books get older as well; their body also wears out, but unlike us, their brain remains forever young! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Under the shadow of swords, any plan is good. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Whenever we wake up from a horrible nightmare, we don't immediately scream out of happiness. It takes a while to feel so safe and so good. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*On a soft snow, even a sparrow leaves a trace; the important thing is to leave a trace on a steel plate!" (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Top of the hills is full of ordinary people, because it is easy to climb up there. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every man - at least once in his lifetime - has visited the silent and dark street of disappointment. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Aquarium fishes even if they only imagine going to a lake, the windows of that aquarium will become thinner than before. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The cleverest amongst you is he who is the loyal apostle of life, the true disciple of existence and the devout follower of love. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In a twilight garden, when a brown nightingale starts singing, what is left to a blonde chicken is to remain silent. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When we trust ourselves, ascents become descents, difficulties turn into easinesses, rocks transform into sands and swords into melting candles!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Not every ant which stays under the elephant's foot dies; the most powerful cannot always kill the weakest! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Divorce is a fire exit. When a house is burning, it doesn't matter who set the fire. If there is no fire exit, everyone in the house will be burned! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*This world has a secret rule: Those who have to die live, and those who have to live die! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Civil disobedience is a lever which can move the world by using peace as a fulcrum. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In this chaotic world where everything is moving and turning, one's partner should be like the centre of a wheel which never moves and always remains still. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If we don't sow our field what harvest other than thorns and weeds can we anticipate? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We must always be thankful to our enemies as they teach us that the smiling face of the world is nothing but a theatre mask! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Not every New Year will be new unless we do something new! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Don't be afraid of the storms; be afraid of the ship and the captain! Forget about the outside factors, what matters is the inside power! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Religion is not a bridge between God and Man; it is the Great Wall of China between them! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The key to success in every field is to hate failure in every way! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A coward can be a hero, but a hero cannot be a coward. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When you leave the desires behind, you will find the graveyards ahead! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*However infinite the Universe may be, our true and practical universe is still the surroundings of the house we live in. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Quotations are the gold mine of the human mind, the silver pearls of the wisdom ocean, and the cool drops of the rain of intelligence. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*My faith is that I don't believe in fate! We are not puppets or zombies of destiny. We are the main painters of our life's canvas. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Love is the rehearsal of Paradise. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Whoever we love, she or he is always under the bright spotlight on our stage and anything else is just a decor under the dimness! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In this vast universe, we are condemned to feel tiny; megalomaniac is the one who cannot feel the true dimensions of this universe! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Pessimism and hopelessness are two assassins that have been hired by very ourselves to kill ourselves! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you are talented, don't sit in the darkness, light a candle so that others can see you. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Climb the ladder only if it takes you to somewhere high! Some ascents may descend you to low places! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*God is a communist; He does not let us to own our life as our own property, because we did not learn it through working! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A completely secure life can be found only outside the life. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If the Devil is an evil computer, who the hell programmed it? Who is the Dr. Frankestein of this abominable character? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I would love to buy a piece of land in the Moon, just to feel very farsighted, extremely optimistic and absolutely crazy! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I have searched for my forehead to find a secret writing about my fate and I found no trace of destiny, but my very own decisions! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*On the wings of lies, man can only fly to the land of shame and lowness! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Universe is blind; it cannot see us; we must find a way to show ourselves to it and science is the way to open the eyes of the universe. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Losing honour or losing everything, it is all the same thing in the realm of the good people. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*There aren't four seasons a year in the mountains; there are forty seasons a day up there in those divine altitudes! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*One hundred sparrow does not make one eagle. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you see a door to happiness, do not waste your time knocking it, just open the door and walk in! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*There are two gods in this universe: God and Imagination. Both of them can design and create infinite creations. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We don't move with our legs and arms, but with courage and will power. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Those who run away from the reality will eventually get run over by it! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*For ambitious and greedy, there exists no summit, but only climbing up perpetually. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Politics is the art of anesthesia. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Man is a machine of remembrance; all we do is to remember things because life flies fast like a swallow; reality immediately disappears! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If there was a bridge between the Sun and the Earth, that would be a wonderful road to hell! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A mortal life with love is endlessly superior to an immortal life without love. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Evolution is a snail, but Revolution is a kangaroo; one crawls, other jumps! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I do not know whether this universe has an emperor; all I know is that this empire is in chaos; universal order is a big delusion. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Foot is superior to wing, because even when we have wings to fly in the sky, we still need feet so as not to crawl on the ground! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Animals like crows, owls or black cats are not ominous at all; it is the men's superstitious mind which is the inauspicious one! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Attack work! Even the toughest work will start running away! Attack the difficulties! This is the Golden Rule of every kinf of victory. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you are a guillotine producer, watch out your head, because wickedness is a boomerang. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Man is nothing, absolutely nothing till he achieves physical immortality. God should be prosecuted on the charges of making man mortal. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I can never be an atheist, because God is our celestial hope for our existential worries, our cosmic chance against absurdity! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The best armor against slander is having an honorable past. A good name is always made of smear-proof material. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A leader without a vision is a stamped letter without address; it can never reach its destination. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The bigger the knowledge, the quieter the man. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The longest distance in the universe is not between the stars, but between the religion and the truth. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I don't mind if, according to the Law of Evolution, my grand grand grand etc. father is a monkey, but I do mind if he is a hyena or a jackal! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Man is a thief, an impudent thief! He steals honey from bees, eggs from chickens, milk from cows and life from the God! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I have no boss but my conscience. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Reason and religion cannot coexist together. If reason exists, then paradise, prophets and all other religious illusions disappear. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Optimists are childish; they even believe they can find an ice cream store in the hell! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Here is the biggest truth about the Universal Order: There is no order!" (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Life begins only when we cross the borders and not definitely before! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Beyond the limits there lie other limits. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*God is a snooker player, that's why all the planets are turning! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Stick to life, just like a baby sticking to a candy! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We find life in art and we find art in life! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A good musician should say: We can live without air but not without music! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you stop reading and learning, you will start repeating yourself; that's why, old people always repeat the same things! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Suspicion is the greatest enemy of love whether it is true or not. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I hope one day God will reveal all the truths to people that he has never sent any Holy Book, nor did He create anything but chaos! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We determine our own price; it is always good to set our price to infinity so that no one can buy us! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Carry always your earplugs with you in case of emergency, like meeting with a politician! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*How very dull our lives would be without literature! How very much dark and poor, how so sad and empty the world would be without it! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*All the sands of the world even when they unite together cannot create the hardness of a single rock! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In every defeat, there develops a silent embryo of victory; in every failure, under the rubbles, there appears a divine key to success. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The concept of fate is an open insult against man's willpower. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Idealists are not the good friends of the truths; they create their own truth. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Sometimes it is good to fall down so that we can see whether we honourably get up or disgracefully turn into a miserable reptile! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Death is not a journey because in a journey you go to somewhere, you don't disappear! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every time I see a smiling person on earth, I feel the warmth of the Sun in the sky. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Knowledge is the only water which makes one thirsty when it is drunk. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We go up to the high places not to see what is up there but to see how the lower places look from the top! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the garden of existence, there exist two beautiful roses: Music and love. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*What greater tragedy can there be than to lose hope forever and drift in the cold darkness of hopelessness? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When you hear voices from your past, do not close your ears, listen to them, but don't stop, keep walking to the future. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Chickens are brave till the foxes come at night; mortals are courageous till the death comes at twilight. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If God is playing hide and seek with us, I must confess that I am quite bored with this childish game! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the Land of Romance, cheap candles are more valuable than ingots of gold. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Thank God I am not an intellectual! What a garbage of knowledge, what an unnecessary glossary of terms they have, those intellectuals! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I don't keep diaries; I consider them like birds; I set them free and let them fly to the depths of the past where they belong. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If God is the master of the universe, then what are we? The slaves of the universe? If so, let each man become proud Spartacus! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Only idiots die for an idea! Life is greater and infinitely more valuable than all the ideas. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you want to give an advice to 'someone,' you must first be 'somebody'. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*To die for one's country? To die for love? To die for an ideology? But I say unto you that stay away from the death, stay alive! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Obscure shadows on the mind are much scarier than the dark shadows of the night. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Like a garbage truck, we need a 'lie truck' which will collect lies from everyone's houses every morning, even every hour. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every time I stepped into the maddness of the crowds, I longed for the wisdom of the loneliness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*It is always wonderful to be a curious comet wandering in the galaxy of a good book. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I know what I want in life: I want the life itself and nothing else! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The more people challenge us, the more power we gain. We become stronger not under the tiny raindrops but under the huge hailstone! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Move at a snail's pace or walk with the speed of a turtle or run like a rabbit! But just move ahead; forget about the speed. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If love and death did not exist, tears would not exist as well. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We respect revolutionaries, not because they always do the right things but because of their power to destroy and courage to rebuild. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If a country is producing guns, it becomes an immoral entity and no immorals ever have the right to talk about any kind of morality! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Procrastination is the best action against putting an ankle bracelet on future. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Man is a marble piece; unlike Michelangelo's masterpieces, man is unconsciously carved and imperfectly shaped by the nature! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*To have infinite oceanic horizons! This is what a man needs to reach the unreachable! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Life is a gift of God, of the God of Coincidence! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every time a strong wind blows, every sand and dust yearns for being a solid rock and every solid rock longs for flying with the wind! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*However tiny or ramshackle they may be, don't ever despise the stairs which take you up to the higher levels! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Hate not your enemies; love thy rivals, for this is the only way to convert them into your friends and your partners. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The brightest sun of the art mostly rises on the dark horizons of the deep unhappinesses. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Master of Life is the person who is best at keeping the brutal scars of life to a minimum. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*My name will live forever, but I should not care about this at all, because I am not my name and my name is not me! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Precipices are the routine routes of the unroutine men. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Only the most extraordinary men can choose the remote cliffs as their graveyards; others are always condemned to nearby city gardens! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Great man is still a great man even at the bottom of a well and a little man is still a little man even at the top of a mountain! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*It is only the quietest one who can hear all the voices of the world; only the shadows can see all the lights! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Fate! This four-letter little word gave the biggest harm to mankind! We must totally get rid of this degrading concept of primitiveness! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The real traveller is the one who continues his journey even if the road ends. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*God may be the captain pilot of this universe, but it appears that the Devil is his co-pilot! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We can't remember things from our future; remembering is merely the privilege and the beauty of the past. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When the enemy is awake and around, don't ever shut your eyes even for a single second no matter how sweet and tempting the sleep. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*For heaven's sake, all you fool speak not in the name of God, for He has His own tongue to speak! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Time will come; we will plant trees to other planets! I see the orange trees and the cherries in the far lands beyond the earth. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*There is no gravity in the Planet of Love; everything floats in the air. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The tattoo of the History is permanent; once a nation or a man is marked by this tattoo, erasing is impossible. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If possible, avoid being a bubble; for a bubble, even the gentlest touch is fatal. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Willpower is the shortest shortcut to success. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the middle of a dessert, no one talks about the virtues of the Sun! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Realise well, proud little man that even the highest clouds don't shine! For above all things there lie brightest stars. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We can't change our fate, because we can't change something which doesn't exist. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Tradition is a kind of mental illness with a clear symptom of repetition. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The ugliness of the beauty is much horrible than the ugliness of the ugliness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Our freedom is our sacred cow; no one should touch it! We must be very pious in this holy matter. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Wars are the strongest evidence for the claim that man is still a wild animal. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Despite the boredom of the infinity, we want life not shorter than the eternity! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The only acceptable imperialism is the Imperialism of the Forest! Let the whole world are invaded by the tree-soldiers! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Anger is a rough water; if you can canalize it into a watermill, you can benefit from it. Anything bad can be transformed into a good thing.(Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Life is a miracle; walking is a miracle; watching the sunset is a miracle; everything is a miracle, because existence is a miracle! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A friend's bitter words seem to us more poisonous than a serpent's teeth. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The biggest awakening is the awakening from the childish deceptions and the invented tales of the religions. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The longer and the deeper the thought, the shorter the sentence of wisdom will be. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the garden of literature, the highest and the most charismatic flowers are always the quotations. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A big island of library, in the middle of an ocean, away from all the fools of the world, would this place not be a real paradise? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Blessed are the ones who have strong enemies, for they have a vital reason to be better in every way. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every time a war ends, under a beautiful sun, on the face of a crying child; I see a rainbow of hope over the innocent teardrops. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*For some, the universe ends at the borders of their villages; even for others, at the threshold of their home doors. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Even if you enter the dirty water, stay neat like a white swan! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We need another universe, a smaller one; with more Earths and less Saturns; more alive and less dead! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with whom they are. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The Devil needs a very good lawyer to prove that it is not the Satan but the people themselves who have committed so many evils! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The line between the white-science and the black-science is very narrow. You can open roads or you can kill people by the same dynamite. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*It is impossible for a dove to catch a swallow, for a clever man to catch a genius. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Talent is a firefly; even in a remote dark forest, sooner or later it is caught to an eye. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Here are the Ten Commandments for a writer: Create, create, create, create, create, create... (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you go down in history, don't take it too seriously because time will come and there will even be no more history, just nothingness! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you are an executioner, don't expect to have a friend closer than a gallows! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*A man who never lies must have green blood in his veins, or blue or yellow, bu definitely not red! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We can't see and we can't reach the true frontiers of our ignorance; we can only approach to it by extending our knowledge. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The continuous war between the reactionary and the progressive forces determine the degree of mankind's happiness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Wild horses don't know the burning taste of the whips. Freedom protects us from the many evils! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you are a fish, stay away from the fishook; if you are a lover, stay away from the suspicion. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Every king needs a counsellor, a counsellor who is never afraid of the king! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*You can't create an ocean with a single drop. But you can create an ocean of suspicion with a single drop of doubt. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Birds don't need bridges to cross precipices and honourable men with honesty wings to cross precipices of slander. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If being stupid is the only way for an intelligent man to be happy, then let us hope that unhappiness be his choice! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We learn more when we hate than when we love, because hate is eternally awake, but love is everlastingly asleep. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In war, bullets; in love, deceptions kill us. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the empire of desert, water is the king and shadow is the queen. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Industry of war is the industry of shame. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We must always think about death, because death always thinks about us. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*God made man mortal and to console this transitory creature He gave him an immortal toy called Art! (mehmet Murat ildan)

*A bad book with a good cover is nothing but a wooden house with a golden door. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Live your life not to win golden medals but to win golden hearts. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Only when you give up being consistent will you find the truth! Inconsistency makes you free to discover other roads. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*To save the human race and the world, we must correct the evolutionary mistakes by changing the genetics of men. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Small minds just like light winds can never create giant waves. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Man is the ant of the Universe; He is not an important creature, at least at the moment! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the enemy's territory, be as silent as the owl's wings; in friend's territory, be as cheerful as the nightingale's songs. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If we lose all our sweet memories, it means we are dead even if we are alive! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*By the time the clever reaches the clouds, the genius is already on the stars. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*You can't win every battle! You must have the word Defeat in your dictionary; if not, defeat will triumph even more strongly! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In times of war, don't touch the guns; stay as a human! Always refuse to be a killer! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Solitude is the rebel of the freedom. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Even with billions of candles, you cannot create a Sun; with billions of lies, a single Truth! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Now owl is afraid of the night, no snake of the swamp and no traitor of the treason! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Intelligence is the airport; will-power is the airplane; man is the passenger and happiness is the destination! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If, in a democracy, the cognition of the majority is not much better than the cognition of the sheep, democracy will surely fail! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Ave Dolce Vita, Rex Regum! Hail Sweet Life, King of Kings! We love you and we believe in you! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The greatest rank for a man is not FD, Defender of the Faith; but it is SD, Scientia Defensor: Defender of the Science! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*It is true that prosperity has many close friends; poverty, on the other hand, has only distant watchers! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*True, the lion is a mighty, noble animal, but it is an animal nevertheless!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*All the donkeys I knew had small ears! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Kings also sleep; but the clever ones, with one eye open, just like dolphins and whales. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you have too many enemies, it means that you are either too god or too evil! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*We don't know Religion's death date but we know its birthday: The very night man experienced his first great fear of anything! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*There are many lights in the shadows and many shadows in the lights; lots of talents in the shades, lots of incompetents in the luminosities. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Remember the unremembered; love the unloved; salute the unsaluted; hear the unheard; do the things which have not been done! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you want to see the real Saints, don't go to the Temples of the Religion, but go to the Temples of the Science! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Seek not a lighthouse greater than the human mind! Believe not the existence of an emotion nobler than the compassion! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*When the thick layers of dark clouds occupy the sky, and if there is no wind at all to sweep them away, start blowing with great courage and belief! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Strike the ignorants with the hammer of knowledge, wherever and whenever you see them! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*With the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope we have seen that the House of God is the House of Chaos! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Nature is my temple; trees are my priests; birds, my rabbis; rains, my imams! Nature is my only true and eternal religion. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Science is our only hope to be the 'Holy Rope' tying man to the existence. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*In the eyes of high morality, to be a victim is always more honorable than to be a killer! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The leaves of the trees are like the thoughts of the men: Some are bright, some dark; some fresh, some rotten; some healthy, some diseased. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*If you can be Kind in the Land of Rudeness, you can be King in the Land of Kindness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Great men honour intelligence, little men honour stupidity. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Everything is a slave of something else: Clouds, of the winds; men, of the desires; universe, of the chaos; shadows, of the lights. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*An ant can't make a revolution, but a monkey can do; because it owns a fist! No real revolution is ever possible without fist. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Anyone who truly grasps the fact of limited time curses the patience blesses the hastiness! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Earth is our only citadel in the universe; but we have illogically built many more fortresses within this beautiful castle! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*It is both theoretically and practically very impossible to have a happy ending in life as long as the death exists. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Happiness is the summit of a high mountain; we can visit it, but we can't stay there! We are forced to go down to the valleys of sadness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I prefer to sail in a bad ship with a good captain rather than sail in a good ship with a bad captain. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Mussolini once said that saints are insane people. What about those who believe in saints? Are they sane? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Death is an endless retirement with a pension of nothingness. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*The secret angels of God are only as alive as the marble angels of Michelangelo! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*I don't like spiders; setting a trap is the art of low creatures! Who shall ever lay a trap shall be the meanest being on earth! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Man is a parrot living in the House of History; he listens and then he repeats the same crap over and over! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* I judge the people and the nations by their ideals; the higher the ideals, the profounder the person, the greater the nation! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Future is an empty paper, but not absolutely empty; the shadows of the drawings of the past is there, on the paper! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Courage is a gas pedal and fear is a brake; when we go to our destination, we need both. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The Moon is our local port opening to the universe; in the future, its through that port we will sail our ships to the coastless oceans. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* He who is neither afraid of the wolves nor hurts the lambs, He is called a great man! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In fall, God is remembered; in rise, forgotten. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Our laugh is a torment and our cry is a joy for the Satan! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

*Dogs are happy with few things because they have already observed man who is unhappy with many things! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Failure knocks the door of the unprepared minds very often. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* He who laughs and loves is always rich; he who sulks and hates is always poor! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Birds are not free since Men have invented cages. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A wise quote may not be famous and a famous quote may not be wise! Stick to the wise as the other one is just a bubble! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Don't live in the castles; freedom is in the fields! But I can also say: Don't live in the fields; security is in the castles! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Dare! Behind every success, there lies this magical word! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Hell is a hell of a lie! God is not a torturer! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* You can be a flower in somebody's garden or a pig or the sunhine or a crow or a nightingale! Be something nice in someone else's garden. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* We always search for the signature of God to prove His existence. And now I say unto you that Art is His very signature! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A dry well is not a friend of a thirsty man; and an ignorant man, of the progression! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* When everybody worships all sort of religuous lies and illogical myths, dare to be there, in the land of reason! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* I have lost my faith but I gained the truth! It is not important at all to lose your candle as long as you find a torch! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A politician plus zero is not equal to zero; it is something minus! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Stephen Hawking implies that we are living in a Godless Universe or a Kingless Kingdom! In that case, Mankind must ascend the throne! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Whether we like it or not, one day science will take God from us! This will be especially a great destruction for the weak minds! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A good book for an illiterate is a golden ring for a fingerless hand! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Heart is the only thing which cannot be stolen without consent. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The most beautiful things can only be created by the most free minds! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If the lambs were flying, wolves would have also the wings to fly! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* If a man has lost everything he has but his dreams, it means that he has still everything! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Pigs are dirty, but I will tell you something dirtier: Liars! Untruth always smells like a rotten garbage! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Our spiritual history is the history of God-ventriloquists! The truth is that the voice of God is the voice of cunning Man, the ventriloquist's voice! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In deep waters, you encounter only the wise and the brave; in shallow waters, the ignorant and the coward! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* My Holy Book is human intelligence; I have no other Holy Book at all! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Every nation determines its own destiny; the clever the nation, the better the fate! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* It is not important at all that we were all once an ape! The important thing is that how very much we evolved and how far we got away from the apes! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* I don't like religion; I don't like anything or anybody which tells me what to do! We must take orders only from our own intelligence! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Not all the snakes are poisonous and not all the poisons are deadly! Keep this in mind when bitten. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* What can a sculptor do without the chisel and the hammer? And what can an impostor politician do without the ignorants and the uneducated? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A victory with so many victims is nothing but the biggest defeat! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The road to Hell is always shiny and alluring. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* A pigeon flying with the ravens will start to caw! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* In our unlucky times, it is a great comfort to think that luck favors only the bad guys or the dull! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* An army without discipline is worse than an army without soldiers. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Cities were once rural and one day they will turn to be rural again. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* The idea of a vegetarian butcher is absurd; but there is something more absurd than this: The idea of an honest politician! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Future is a car with brake failure; it is moving towards us at a very high speed! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

* Plants turn their face to the Sun; Animals, to the ground; and Men, to the darkness! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

Eyes of Magic (Published in 2000)

· They say “Wine is Satan’s falcon,”; apparently he uses it in hunting men! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Women are like the fish in the sea, they are the ones who give life to the sea, that make the sea joyful. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· My dear Tartini, one’s life is so sweet and precious that even honey tastes like salt in comparison! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A body without wine is like a dessert without sugar. A pale woman can only be coloured with lipstick and rouge, and a pale man can only be coloured with wine! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Don’t forget that the boat and the water are in love with each other; you should never let them on their own; lo and behold, they have made an agreement with the wind and gone off on their honeymoon! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Insult is a monstrous scorpion, and compliment is a likeable nightingale; one stings mercilessly, and the other sings sweetly. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Like a broken vase does not fear of breaking once more, my broken heart is not affected by your hurting words anymore! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A stomach without bread and a purse without gold have led to so many revolutions in history. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· What a hungry fox constantly dreams of is a chicken! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Oleanders have attractive flowers, they decorate nature beautifully, but they are poisonous; and a woman is an oleander; it’s all right to watch her once in a while, but then you must walk away without touching her; if you ever try to taste her even once, you’ll head for hell! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· You see only the cat’s paw, Signor Tartini, whereas I see the sharp claws hidden in that paw!.. Women are like fire; they warm you from afar, and when you enter into them they burn you to ashes! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Mankind has invented the mirror in vain, for there’s nobody in this world who looks into the mirror and sees himself as he truly is; each person has his own mirror hidden in his own mind and he can’t see more than what that mirror in his mind reflects! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A worthless servant is more popular than his master! This means that the apocalypse mentioned in the Bible is near at hand! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A female ship should slowly go to dock when she sees a male harbour, for this is the most natural thing to do! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Is it possible to take river water back after it has mixed into the sea? The river and the sea are united and one now. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· What binds a wife to her husband is neither magic, nor a priest, nor love! What makes this possible is only silver coins! A woman’s heart is like a candle, my friend. As long as the money wick keeps burning, her heart stays warm. But when the wick burns down, her love is extinguished! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Your wife has deserted you, but you’ll find a new one; whereas, soon my wits will desert me, and for this there is no remedy. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Anyway, two men hugging each other is against nature. A ram should not hug another ram, and a he-goat should not hug another he-goat! Let a he-dog embrace a she-dog, and let a female cattle hug a bull, but a stallion should not embrace another stallion, and a cock should not reach for another cock! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A woman and a man are like the sheet and the quilt. Since we happen to be the quilts, we need to have clean sheets. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· This is a world of the hunters and the hunted, signorina. Tonight you are the prey and I am the hunter! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Don’t forget that birds with broken wings walking on the ground were once flying high up in the sky.

Beggar's Prophecy (Published in 2001)

· For an apple you can’t reach up and pick, you have to climb that tree; the tree won’t bend down for you! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· That wretched alchemist called money can turn a man’s heart into a stone! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· My kingdom not for a horse, but for a good piece of advice! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Walking does good to the fat and giving alms does good to the sinners; these both make one feel lighter! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· There are only two kinds of people who do not commit any sins: Unborn human beings and dead human beings! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Being a playwright, a film producer, a minister, a general; these are all masks one wears over one’s face in the society; masks don’t mean anything, for a man is what he is! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Think of people like bottles full of a liquid inside but without labels; smell the bottle, pour out what is inside and study it carefully. Never mind the labels; pretend that they don’t exist! Labels are misleading! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A cock should always know his limits and never have his eyes on the big heights like an eagle! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The only way to survive among the evil and corrupt people is to be even more wicked and more corrupt than they are! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I only want to remind you what weak creatures human beings are. Even people who seem to have wills of steel have serious weaknesses! At those moments of weakness, will power breaks into a thousand pieces. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· For God must have more important universal matters to attend to than keeping himself busy with us, people! God is not interested in local matters! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· No writer has an imaginative power richer than what the streets offer. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The writer is a kind of hawk; he goes round in the skies, constantly looking with his sharp eyes for the character that he can pick up with his claws. Sometimes he goes round hungry for a week, he cannot catch any characters; and sometimes characters rain on him like heavy rain. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A writer should show the silver in his hands neither as bronze nor as gold; the gist of the matter is to show silver as silver.

· Once one seizes happiness, one should hang onto it like an octopus. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· To delete our memory to zero! A completely new life! . . This is a fantastic idea! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Typewriter keys can’t be blamed because of what has been typed on the typewriter; the one who committed the crime is the one who used the typewriter; the one who typed on the keyboard! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· To life! There can never be anything more important than life! To life, my friends! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· May God bequeath everyone the gift of listening to the voice of their conscience! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

Galileo Galilei (Published in 2001)

· It is better to go near the truth and be imprisoned than to stay with the wrong and roam about freely, master Galilei. In fact, getting attached to falsity is terrible slavery, and real freedom is only next to the right. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Oh my son, so poor in doing the right things, so rich in doing the wrong things! What great poverty it is to be so rich! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· If the world is turning, even the church can’t stop it; if it isn’t turning, nobody can go out and make it turn. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· It’s very dangerous to invent something in our times; ostentatious men of the other world, who are hostile to innovations, roam about angrily. To live in peace, one has to stay away from innovations and new ideas. Innovations, like trees, attract the most destructive lightnings to themselves. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· To go to the wine house and not to get drunk is as difficult as to dive into a pool and not get wet! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· We are surrounded by the dry thorns of the Inquisition on all four sides; throwing around words burning like fire is the shortest way to one’s grave! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I never worry about how many legs my chicken has, about whether it can fly or not, about which cock was her husband; that my hen gives me eggs is enough for me! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· For a child, parents’ warning is like a rose blooming in the brain; it opens with difficulty and fades quickly. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Man is a “jar of mistakes”, dear Giulia; as we have made a mistake, we are human; this proves it! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· When the number of children goes over one, God becomes miserly in granting intelligence; he takes it from the living child and gives it to the child to be born. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· It helps nothing to cry and complain, to pluck our hair. There’s no difference between getting mad at our fate and getting mad at rocks and stones. The ears of Fate are completely deaf; anyway, it doesn’t matter whether she hears our voices or not; when the moment comes, she only speaks of the things she has already designed and rains the orders she has already planned. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· If absurdities could be eaten like pigs, you could immediately set up an absurdity farm and get much richer than a king!.. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Minds with fixed ideas are like granite: they can never be penetrated with soft words and gentle persuasions. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I’m saying that the leaders of the church have locked the sacred cow called science in the stable and they won’t let anybody enter; they should open it immediately so that we can milk that cow in the name of humanity and thus find the truth. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A men whose every word is nothing but the truth is not a human being but a god! Gods do not die, whereas Aristotle is lying in a grave now. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Innovations, free thinking is blowing like a storm; those that stand in front of it, ignorant scholars like you, false scientists, perverse conservatives, obstinate goats, resisting mules are being crushed under the weight of these innovations. You are nothing but ants standing in front of the giants; nothing but chicks trying to challenge roaring volcanoes! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The mind God is looking for in man is a doubting, questioning mind, not a dogmatic mind; dogmatic reasoning is wrong reasoning. Dogmatic reason ties a huge rock to a man’s foot and stops him forever from advancing. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· There must be a marsh in the brains of these men or there would not be so many frogs of wrong ideas gathered in their heads. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A fortune-teller means a braggart anyway. Don’t you know that a donkey can’t do but braying, a wolf can’t do but howling, a horse can’t do but neighing, and a fortune-teller can’t do but telling lies? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The “stream” we call science always flows forward; sometimes reactionary beavers block its flow, but the stream is never defeated by this; it accumulates, gathers strength; its waters get over the barrage and continue on their course. The advancement of science is the advancement of God, for science is nothing but human intelligence, and human intelligence is the most valuable treasure God has bequeathed us. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· History of science is a relay race, my painter friend. Copernicus took over his flag from Aristarchus, from Cicero, from Plutarch; and Galileo took that flag over from Copernicus. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Truths are immortal, my dear friend; they are immortal like God! What we call a falsity is like a fruit; it has a certain number of days; it is bound to decay. Whereas, what we call truth is like gold; days, months, even centuries can hide gold, can overlook it but they can never make it decay. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· My dear friend, to be both powerful and fair has always been difficult for mankind. Power and justice have always been seen like day and night; this being the case, when one of them is there the other disappears. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Religion now has degenerated and it has turned into a wolf; it has opened its mouth to show his ugly teeth; its spreading fear instead of love; and science has hidden in a corner like a lamb, trembling with fear! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A stone thrown up into the air is bound to fall down one day, and absolute power is like a huge stone thrown up into the air. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I know it too well, my friend. Fresh water does not come out of a bitter spring; you don’t expect to get rose perfume coming out of a rubbish heap, neither scorpions to kiss people! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· New ideas seem like frightening ghosts to people at the beginning; they run away from them for a long time, but they get tired of it in the end! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

William Shakespeare (Published in 2002)

· Oh, William, what pitiable creatures we men are! When we go to church we make the devil angry, when we enjoy ourselves in the inns, we make God angry; we are the unlucky lot stuck between two fires! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· How can you get giants out of a dwarf, my good chap? Can a thrush lay eagle’s egg? Can a dolphin give birth to a whale? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· What we call debt is a hump on our backs; it is an awkward load that crushes one; and loads are carried only by stupid animals, by camels, mules, and donkeys; the back of an intelligent person is flat ! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· London has now become almost like a gigantic frog! With its long tongue it draws curious insects from all over the world inside itself! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· If a moneyed man had a “corny mind”, a flatterer would immediately start chasing him like a hungry hen! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A big city is a big ocean; the one who doesn’t know how to swim finds himself at its bottom! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Like a butcher without a knife, a knight without a sword, and a farrier without a hammer, you cannot have a town without rules; if there were a town like that, a great big anarchy would reign there, just as in the realm of animals! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I think this man is a bit crazy, but aren’t we all a little crazy anyway? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A man without money is like a windmill left without the wind, don’t you ever forget this! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· We should extinguish not candles, but torches, my good neighbour; we should fell not shrubs but trees: we should kill one giant instead of ten dwarfs!.. When there is an ostentatious cock crowing all over the place, what is the use of killing one insignificant chick? In a war you have to kill the king first; thus you can put an end to the battle more quickly! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Between birth and death, neighbour, there is no business that is not risky; drinking water in a sitting position included! . . The gist of the matter is to do everything with fine tuning as an acrobat does when walking a tight rope, like a carpenter measuring everything meticulously! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A bird without wings and a man without art are both condemned to wander in low places; they can never soar up to those unrivaled heights. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· We live in a crowded and stifling world, my dear sir; just to be able to walk, we have to push and shove others willy nilly! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· If the quality of the people got better as they aged, how good that would be, don’t you think so? Then we would put all the swindlers, crooks, usurers, robbers, hucksters, and gamblers we could find into a barrel and wait for some years, until their characters could leave an exquisite taste on all palates. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Life and death; there is no bridge between the two; they are stuck to each other! Death is only a step away from us, no more, only one step!

· An actor should have not one face but a thousand faces; like the phoenix which carries a print of each animal, an actor should carry a print of each human being! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The theatre is a machine of transformations: everything is transformed into another thing; a bald man has thick hair on his head; a man with strong legs gains a limp and a sharp-eyed person becomes blind; an actor who is an atheist immediately turns into the most pious priest on earth! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· When chasing a hare, you must have more than one greyhounds about you; when one of them has failed, my dear neighbour, you call to the next “Get it!”! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

Emmanuel Arago's Diary (2004)

· Elephants don’t know anything about the world of ants; the peaks of mountains are oblivious of what is happening on the plains! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· But just one gram of suspicion weighs heavier than a kilo of truth! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A very long year spent without writing anything by a writer is no different from a moment wasted away from the water by a fish! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· No fiction can be superior to and more attractive than the truths themselves! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· When God is writing our fate, he uses our blood as ink, if you ask me; and we act out whatever is written in our blood! We are God’s puppets! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Even if the invisible wind stepped into mud, it would leave traces behind; even the fog, which has no body, has its own footmarks: While walking like a white-shrouded ghost in the silence of the night or in the dusk of the morning, it leaves crystal dews on the flowers and grass! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The best thing about hell is that there are no priests there! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A wealthy man can only be swindled with a high price! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I owe all my knowledge to the German inventor, Johannes Gutenberg! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· When you look into a well from above, you can’t see anything; you have to go down into the well itself. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A deer that knows all the hunting techniques of a lion will never fall prey to a lion! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Even the most horrible nightmares come to an end one day!.. Just like the good days, bad days are also transitory, Catherine! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A person cannot choose love, love chooses a person. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Our hearts are not like those docile horses we can hold the reins of and drive in any direction we wish; they are like wild horses, without bridles on and free; we have no way of knowing what they will be doing or where they will be running! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Nobody is “superior” to anybody else, only “different”, that is all! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Stupidity is contagious, isn’t that so? Loneliness is a kind of quarantine against stupidity; it’s an effective antidote! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Each person chooses a certain way to forget his or her sufferings, Gregory, and I’ve chosen to make myself suffer, to torture myself! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· When I come back from the rough seas, I look for calm lakes I can walk on quietly; a knight who has got tired of riding a wild horse takes great pleasure from sitting on a scabby mule! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The night definitely makes one free!.. The night does not have thousands of curious eyes as the day has! One is under much less control during the nights. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A human being can live without water for a week as a camel does in the desert; but he can never live without lies for one week! What is the greatest invention of mankind, Malaparte? Fire? The black iron plough? Or is it the wheel? No, no! None of these things: Our most magnificent invention, our best servant is the “lie”! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A man drowns in the sea and fish die on land; it is really stupid to go beyond some limits without having certain characteristics! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Big secrets are like contagious diseases; they spread very rapidly. What two men know should never be known by a third person; or a fourth, and after him a fifth will follow! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· You must make yourself prepared to eating a desert by putting salt on it and to rowing your boat in the black storm that comes after a sunny journey! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· The student is an empty glass, Malaparte; the teacher fills him up carefully, and when it is full he starts looking for a new glass, a teacher has nothing to do with a full glass! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I may be a dwarf in terms of my size, but I have a giant-size intelligence! One has to waste others so as not to waste himself! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I think of happiness as water, my lady! As something clear, clean and beautiful. But it is something ever moving, very fluid; it can slip away from our hands any moment! It has great powers of transforming itself: it can turn into vapour and disappear in front of our very eyes, just like water does! No chains can be put on human happiness; can you put chains on water? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· There are so many stars shining in the sky, so many beautiful things winking at you, but when Venus comes out, all the others are waned, they are pushed to the background. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Each woman can grow her nails when she wants to fight! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· You can’t have a decent society before you have picked out the stones from among the rice! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Dreams! Fantasies!.. These are nothing but broken pieces of glass; glass gets crashed with the first stone that hits it! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Changeability! That cursed changeability of things! I can’t stand this crazy changeability of life any more. Why isn’t that dazzling light called happiness be as constant as the North Star? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I feel dizzy; just now I am standing at the edge of a deep cliff. One should either be very far from the cliff or at the bottom of it; it is real torture to be standing on its edge like I am doing now! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

It All Began with Marianne (2005)

· Life is a mirror, I think; when we look at it smiling, it will smile back at us; when we sulk at it, it will also frown at us! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· How many people can recognize a linden tree, anyway, including those who drink linden tea every day? (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I love and I am being loved, therefore I am! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I say, “A famina salus!” If I am to translate it, “Salvation comes from the woman!” (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· It is the natural right of every human being to commit enjoyable sins; you are building sacred dams in front of our hormones in vain, for you have no idea about the power of hormones; blood boiling with lust has more burning power than molten iron, than the lava from Etna; it will burn and turn into ashes any obstacles put before it! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Our people have turned into fruit, hard outside but rotten inside! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· People are drawn together by their common denominators; their common troubles act like the glue! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· God has given you beauty, so that you will find a husband easily and that you won’t come to the church to disturb him unnecessarily! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· A bad seed is sure to create a bad forest; and the children sucking bad milk will definitely come out as ignoble creatures! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· I am not the first husband to be betrayed in this world, nor the last; the length of this “chain of betrayals” can only be measured in light-years. (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· If we feed our body constantly with garlic and our mind with positive thoughts, we’ll always be able to keep our feet on the ground firmly! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Oh, those young people! They never hesitate when it comes to setting out for adventures, to entering unknown waters! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· Nothing is a play, even a play on the stage! Each moment in life is real! (Mehmet Murat ildan)

· One can sometimes become a puppeteer in life without being aware of it; we pull the strings of the events and persons we can never guess without being aware of what we are doing! (Mehmet Murat ildan)