With us philosophy is not practised as a private art, as it was by the Greeks, but has a public place, and should therefore be employed only in the service of the state.
Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.
This country’s built on nothing but bull**** and good PR. One kick and it’ll fall apart, and the kick’s coming.
The story of Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf is not a meaningless fable. The founders of every State which has risen to eminence have drawn their nourishment and vigor from a similar wild source. It was because the children of the Empire were not suckled by the wolf that they were conquered and displaced by the children of the Northern forests who were.
The gulf between the private and public views of our countrymen is evidence of the power of the state.[Celâl Salik, Milliyet]
The essence of the modern state is the union of the universal with the full freedom of the particular, and with the welfare of individuals.
The chief foundations of all states, whether new, old, or mixed, are good laws and good arms. And as there cannot be good laws where there are not good arms, and where there are good arms there should be good laws.
Once the state has been founded, there can no longer be any heroes. They come on the scene only in uncivilized conditions.
National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country.