Gotse Delchev

Macedonian revolutionary

Georgi Nikolov Delchev (Macedonian/Bulgarian: Ѓорѓи/Георги Николов Делчев; 23 January 18724 May 1903), known as Gotse Delchev or Goce Delčev, was a significant Macedonian Bulgarian revolutionary in Macedonia and Thrace.

May the splits and splinterings not frighten us.

Quotes

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  • I understand the world solely as a field for cultural competition among the peoples.
    • Quoted in Peyo Yavorov, Complete Works, vol. 2 (Sofia, 1977), p. 13
  • May the splits and splinterings not frighten us. It is really a pity, but what can we do, since we are Bulgarians and all suffer from one common disease! If this disease did not exist in our ancestors, from whom it is also an inheritance in us, they would not have fallen under the ugly scepter of the Turkish sultans.
    • Letter to Nikola Maleševski (1 May 1899)
  • Surely it is no small thing to be just a human being.
    • Quoted in Mercia MacDermott, Freedom Or Death, the Life of Gotsé Delchev (London & West Nyack, 1978), p. 2
  • The liberation of Macedonia lies in the internal uprising. Anyone who thinks otherwise about liberating Macedonia is lying to himself and others.
    • Letter to Efrem Karanov (17 October 1895) - (Dino Kyosev, Gotse Delchev: Letters and other materials (Sofia, 1967), p. 274
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