The Famous Indonesian Quotes

“Yes, indeed, our principle, is indeed that a nation can only stand firmly, that a nation can achieve independence, that a nation can defend its freedom, that a nation can build a just and prosperous society, first of all only by its own power. Hay, Indonesian People ! We get assistance from the new emerging forces. We get assistance from several countries in our struggle to build our State, in our struggle for the liberation of West Irian, in our struggle to build a just and prosperous society, we get assistance, assistance, assistance, simpathy, simpathy, simpathy, but don’t forget, that only a nation who stands on its own strength can become a great nation. Even more so, if this assistance doesn’t exist, do not be discouraged. If this assistance doesn’t exist, don’t be down-hearted. Strengthen ourselves ! Because only a nation who strengthens itself, can become a strong nation. “Innallaaha la yughayyiru ma biqaumin hattaa yughayyiru ma bianfusihim.” God will not change the fate of a nation if that nation itself does not change its own fate !”
Soekarno. Istana Negara, Jakarta, 20 Mei 1962.

In memoriam 110th birthday of Ir. Ahmad Sukarno/Kusno Sosrodihardjo (East Java June 06, 1901 - Jakarta June 21, 1970).

Ir. Sukarno (Indonesians also remember him as Bung Karno or Pak Karno) was Indonesia’s first President from 1945 to 1967 (Official Indonesian presidential decrees from the period 1947–1968). He was replaced by one of his generals, Soeharto, and remained under house arrest until his death. (go to to read the complete text).

Big nation is a nation which respects on their heroes services. (1945)

This country, the Republic of Indonesia, does not belong to any group, nor to any religion, nor to any ethnic group, nor to any group with customs and traditions, but the property of all of us from Sabang to Merauke! (1945)

Nationalism means the rebuilding of our nations.
Nationalism means the efforts to provide equal esteem to our peoples.
Nationalism means the determination to take the future into our hands. (1956)


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