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Kusno Sosrodihardjo (June 6, 1901 – June 21, 1970), known as Sukarno (also spelled Soekarno), was an Indonesian nationalist and orator who later became the founding President (1945–1967) of the Republic of Indonesia.
- Reach your ambition as high as the skies. Dream it as high as the skies. Because if you fall, you're going to fall among the stars.
- Independence can only be obtained and secured by a nation that has its spirit raging with determination: "independence or death"!
- In my political outlook, I'm nationalist. In my social outlook, I'm socialist. In my religious outlook, I'm completely theist. That I am! I'm not a communist, not at all satellite of any other "-ism" in the world. I'm just pro-Indonesia. I'll fight and work and sacrifice myself for this Indonesian people, this Indonesian fatherland of mine.
- It was [the concept of] nationalism that Indonesia was established on. Not the Javanese, not the Sumatran, not the Bornean, Sulawesi, Bali or others, but the Indonesian, that together became the foundation of one nationale staat (nation-state).
- If, for example, one day Ki Bagoes Hadikoesoemo becomes the Indonesian Head of State, and dies, won't his child be [his replacement]? Then because of that I do not adhere to the principle of monarchism.
- Speech to the Investigation Agency for Preparation of Indonesian Independence, June 1, 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.
- They, OLDEFO (Old Established Forces), carry out l'exploitation de l'homme par 'homme (the exploitation of man by man). Do not let them live, so that there's no colonialism anymore in the world.
- Speech in front of Indonesian people at Indonesian Independence Day August 17, 1965. OLDEFO stands for Old Established Order, it's a term from him who refers to West Block in Cold War (1945-1992). Sometimes, he called them as Nekolim (Neo-Imperialisme dan Kolonialisme ==> Neo-Imperialism and Colonialism), such as USA, UK, NATO, and so on. The opposite of OLDEFO is NEFO.
- Learning without thinking is useless, but thinking without learning is very dangerous.
- Do good to another man, even when they do not do you good; another will certainly do you good. if there is still shame and fear in one's heart to do good, there will certainly be no progress at all.
- A thousand old men can only dream, but a young man is able to change the world.
- From a book of his own work when he was imprisoned by Dutch-East Indies Government, "Indonesia Menggugat!" (Indonesians Accuse!)
- We liberate our nation's heart inside of Indonesian independence!! Ibn Saud liberated Arabian's heart inside of Saudi Arabian independence one by one!! Stalin liberated Soviet-Russian's heart inside of Soviet one by one!!
- Rose never propagandize its fragrant, but its own fragrance spreads through its surrounding.
- Don't ever forget the history. It will make and change who we are.