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Lajos Kossuth
September 19, 1802 - March 20, 1894
Nationality: Hungarian
Category: Lawyer

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.


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.


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.


In exile, I have tried to profit by the past and prepare for the future.


My nomination to be Governor was not to gratify ambition.


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.


The unspoken word never does harm.


Now that I am a deputy, I will cease to be an agitator.


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.


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.


I can understand Communism, but not Socialism.


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.


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.


I am a straightforward man.


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.


The house of Austria has publicly used every effort to deprive the country of its legitimate Independence and Constitution, designing to reduce it to a level with the other provinces long since deprived of all freedom, and to unite all in a common sink of slavery.


I have to thank the People, the Congress, and the Government of the United States for my liberation.


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.


The power that is supported by force alone will have cause often to tremble.


You must be a power on earth, and must therefore accept all the consequences of this position.


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