Quotes about Albanians
Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 4:25 am
kuvend që bashkon arbërorët
A few days after our arrival in this village , Spiro Milio presented himself to Mavrocordato,with a corps of two hundred picked Chimariots,the most martial-looking men in the whole army.They are not to be distinguished from Albanians,their dress and language being perfectly similar;but though their religion is Greek,they do not understand one syllable of Greek.
J.Millingen (Memoirs of the affairs of Greece,London,1831,page.208-209)
They are strewn with the wreckage of dead Empires–past Powers–only the Albanian "goes on for ever."
- Edith Durham
"The men who marched to Babylon , Persia and India were the ancestors of the Albanians..."
- Wadham Peacock
"The true history of mankind will be written only when Albanians participate in it's writing."
"Gli Skipetarë sono un popolo che conserva intatte le tradizioni dei loro antenati, un popolo orgoglioso ed assettato di libertà"
- Pietro Tassini, ambasciatore della Repubblica di Venezia, nel 1455.
TRANSLATION FROM ITALIAN
"The Skipetarë are intact people who conserve the traditions of their ancestors, proud and tidy people of freedom "
- Peter Tassini, ambassador of the Republic of Venice, in 1455
I assure you they are Bismarcks — veritable Bismarcks. Some day they will demand, and Europe will have to give them what they ask !
A Christian Ottoman official speaking to Edith Durham about Albanians
.... Anon from the castle walls
The crescent banner falls,
And the crowd beholds instead,
Like a portent in the sky,
Iskander's banner fly,
The Black Eagle with double head.
And shouts ascend on high
.....'' Long live Scanderbeg.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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