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Official Portrait of President Sukarno

Kusno Sosrodihardjo (June 6, 1901June 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.
    • Sukarno's most famous quote, he said it the first time in front of BPUPKI congress, April 29 1945
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Speech at Independence Day August 17, 1961 "'Djarek (Djalannja Revolusi Kita) Bagaikan Malaikat Turun Dari Langit"
  • 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.
    • Speech at Independence Day August 17, 1961 "Djarek (Djalannja Revolusi Kita) Bagaikan Malaikat Turun Dari Langit"
  • 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!)
  • Rose never propagandize its fragrant, but its own fragrance spreads through its surrounding.
    • He said it when he was pinning a "bintang sakti" (magical star) honors to 2 army officers, that's Major Benny Moerdani from RPKAD and Major Untung bin Sjamsuri from Banteng Raiders
  • Don't ever forget the history. It will make and change who we are.
    • Speech at Independence Day August 17, 1961 his last quotes before his downfall.

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