“Sirs, all of you can be a Member of Parliament, can be a Minister you can even be President of the Rebublic but you can not be artists. Let us esteem those children that have devoted their lives to a great art.”
“A nation, when deprived of art and artists, can not have a complete life”
“Developing art and national culture is the principal element to exalt the Nation”
Atatürk had pointed out the importance of Turkish art in the nation’s life, and emphasised that Turkish arts were to reach contemporary civilisatory levels by progressive efforts.
His principal ideal and desire for the Turkish Nation has a background steeped in art and culture and is to reach a proper level in art and culture.
“It is necessary consider the people’s musical needs as well. Thorough training in music is necessary for the people to get used to western music and like it. “
“Friends, I know how you want our young generation to be advance in all kinds of fine arts. That, it has been doing. But in my opinion, the Turkish music has priority and urgency in this respect. The measure for the transformation of the nation is to be perceived by the changes in music. The music that they dare us to listen to today is far something to take pride in. It is necessary to collect the high expression and statements of the nation expressing fine emotions and ideas, and to work on them within the general rules of music."
and on Culture:
"The foundation of The Republic of Turkey is culture. I don’t need to explain this expression here once more. This has been determined as the work done in the schools of the Turkish Republic in each case. Culture means to read, to comprehend, to be able to see, and to make sense of what you see, to think and to educate the mind".
"If a nation possessing no art can be conceived of, one of its vital vessels is cut off".
"The great current ideas of the world that provided the independence of the world’s principal nations are opposed to individuals who try to find administrative solutions within rotten systems". (1923)
"We mean, in a summary, the work of a society in cultural life, economical life and state life is civilization nothing else". (Atatürk, 1929)