I can understand Communism, but not Socialism.
Your generous part in my liberation is taken by the world for the revelation of the fact, that the United States are resolved not to allow the despots of the world to trample on oppressed humanity.
I must therefore implore your indulgence for a pretty long and plain development of my views concerning that cause which the citizens of New York, and you particularly, gentlemen, honour with generous interest.
Men like me, who merely wish to establish political freedom, will in such circumstances lose all their influence, and others will get influence who may become dangerous to all established interests whatsoever.
Now since France has three times in sixty years failed to obtain practical results from Political revolutions, all Europe is apt to press forward into new Social doctrine to regulate the future.
Yet my humble capacity has not preserved me from calumnies.
I came not to your glorious shores to enjoy a happy rest - I came not to gather triumphs of personal distinction, but as a humble petitioner, in my country's name, as its freely chosen constitutional leader, to entreat your generous aid.
I will not become a Napoleon nor an Alexander, and labour for my own ambition; but I will labour for freedom and for the moral well-being of man.
It is chiefly in New York that I feel induced to urge this, because New York is, by innumerable ties, connected with Europe - more connected than several parts of Europe itself.
I believe that the confidence of Hungary in me is not shaken by misfortune nor broken by my calumniators.
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. (Louis
The policy of the house of Austria, which aimed at destroying the independence of Hungary as a state, has been pursued unaltered for three hundred years.
Even in political considerations, now-a-days, you have stronger motives to feel interested in the fate of Europe than in the fate of the Central or Southern parts of America.
Upon this the Hungarian ministers resigned, but the names submitted by the president of the council, at the demand of the king, were not approved of for successors.
In my opinion, the form of Government may be different in different countries, according to their circumstances, their wishes, their wants. England loves her Queen, and has full motive to do so.
And if you cannot remain indifferent, you must resolve to throw your weight into that balance in which the fate and condition of man is weighed.
I am a straightforward man.
The unspoken word never does harm.
Hungary is, in a word, in a state of WAR against the Hapsburg dynasty, a war of legitimate defence, by which alone it can ever regain independence and freedom.
If I had undertaken the practical direction of military operations, and anything went amiss, I feared that my conscience would torture me, as guilty of the fall of my country, as I had not been familiar with military tactics.
You must be a power on earth, and must therefore accept all the consequences of this position.
I have to thank the People, the Congress, and the Government of the United States for my liberation.
The Hungarian ministry begged the king earnestly to issue orders to all troops and commanders of fortresses in Hungary, enjoining fidelity to the Constitution, and obedience to the ministers of Hungary.
There is another difference you declared your independence of the English crown when it was yet very doubtful whether you would be successful.
The power that is supported by force alone will have cause often to tremble.
Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness.
I am a republican. I have avowed it openly in monarchical but free England and am happy to state that I have lost nothing by this avowal there.
I consider no man honest who does not observe towards other nations the principles which he desires to be observed towards his own: and therefore I will not interfere in your domestic questions.
Now that I am a deputy, I will cease to be an agitator.
It is the surmounting of difficulties that makes heroes. (Louis
More Lajos} Kossuth Quotations (Based on Topics)
Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Man - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Liberty & Freedom - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Kings & Queens - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Countries - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Principle - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on People - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Government - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Fate & Destiny - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Constitution - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Humanity - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Ambition - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Future - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Humility - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on World - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Diplomacy - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Leading & Managing - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Slavery - Judgment - Lajos Kossuth Quotes on Conscience - View All Lajos} Kossuth Quotations
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -