Heydar Aliyev on Language, Culture and Spirituality

Heydar Aliyev on Language, Culture and Spirituality

National Salvation Day is celebrated in Azerbaijan on the 15th of June each year.

In the memory of the Azerbaijani people, this date is associated with the threat of the collapse of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the 1990s, when the great leader Heydar Aliyev resumed leadership of the country by popular demand, courageously embracing the challenge of addressing the geopolitical situation and defusing long-standing tensions and confrontation in the country. And beyond that, he made meaningful strides towards preventing the fragmentation of the country and avoiding the danger of civil war. In the light of these events, June 15, was declared an official holiday by decree of Azerbaijan’s National Assembly.

 The quotes by the Nationwide Leader at various events, meetings with the community of artists during those years, remain as prevalent and significant today as ever.

 Below are some of his aphorisms etched in our memories for a long time:

 Patriotism is an inner feeling of a person. If he is missing that, he is immoral.

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It is the nation's language that gives a life to and improves national and moral values. 

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Not to know a mother tongue, not to value it, certainly is a great fault before the nation.

 

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Every nation is created with its language. But to immortalize the nation's language, to improve and raise it to the world culture level may be possible by endeavours of the nation’s leading people and persons of science.

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It is impossible to buy real morals even for millions or billions. But immoral men with millions, even billions have no value in the society.

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Every human being should find his place in life, but his right place, the place worthy of him. 

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Whoever pretends to things that are beyond his knowledge and ability is always defeated.

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Everyone has his own place in occupation. No one should occupy other's place.

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In life, everyone chooses between honour and dishonour, personal welfare and social duty, greediness and honesty.

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People who don't know their mother tongue are disabled!

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Where there is wisdom there is no need for force. 

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A road means economy, culture, with one word, life. 

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A nation is known, recognized and distinguished among the world nations by certain characteristic features. The highest and the greatest of these features is culture. 

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A nation with great culture will always move forward, live and develop.

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Culture enriches nations with the best examples gathered by humanity. 

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Relations in cultural and scientific spheres have a great influence on the strengthening of friendly relations among countries.

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A nation is always known for its intellectuals, culture and science. 

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People should always remember their roots.

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If injustice has been done to someone, this must be undone in a just way. To remedy injustice with more injustice is a great crime.

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One needs to have a moral right, in order to lead, i.e. teach and educate people. 

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Human beings must live for morality. A man able to defend and save his morality is immortal. 

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Variety of thoughts is natural.

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Distinguished personalities demonstrate the nation's intellect, science, culture and morals to the world.

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Enlightenment may not be massive. A scientist, a poet, a composer, an artist, a writer, an actor - all these are unique people with innate talent.

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