Louis Kossuth, also Lajos Kossuth, fully Lajos Kossuth de Udvard et Kossuthfalva

Louis
Kossuth, also Lajos Kossuth, fully Lajos Kossuth de Udvard et Kossuthfalva
1802
1894

Hungarian Patriot, Governor-President of Hungary

Author Quotes

The 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.

The 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.

Fear must rule in a despotism.

Expediency is the science of exigencies.

Argument is not always truth.

I 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.

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

I 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. Whatever 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.

It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes.

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

Old 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 fit 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.

Ethics may be defined as the obligations of morality.

Humility is 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.

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

Justice 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 always like Him, are eternal; and whenever prejudice of error succeeds in establishing in customary law any doctrine contrary to eternal justice.

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

No 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.

The unspoken word never does harm.

There 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.

To 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.

Author Picture
First Name
Louis
Last Name
Kossuth, also Lajos Kossuth, fully Lajos Kossuth de Udvard et Kossuthfalva
Birth Date
1802
Death Date
1894
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Hungarian Patriot, Governor-President of Hungary