“Others About Us”
1. The English explorer, Arnold Toynbee, wrote in his 12-volume edition of the history of nations that “… There were 21 civilizations in the world. One of them is BULGARIAN. It was expanding its borders through its strong cultural influence. It stretched from Belgrade to the Crimea and from the Carpathians to the White Sea, called in ancient times Thracian. “
2. The famous English historian Professor Norman Davis says: “THE BULGARIANS ARE IN THE CORNER OF THE EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION” With many facts, he proves that Bulgaria is the oldest nation on the Old Continent. Moreover, in his view, when Bulgaria was a country, Europe “went straight under the table”.
3. The Presidents of France for the Bulgarians:
Charles de Gaulle: “THE BULGARIAN STATE IS THE CIRCLE OF EUROPEAN CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION” 1962.
4. François Mitterrand : “The BULGARIAN NATION IS ONE OF THE CREATORS OF THE CIVILIZATION OF OUR PLANET.”
5. In his speech at the opening of the Turin Winter Olympics in 2006, Italian President Carlo Champi said: “THE BULGARIANS ARE ONE OF THE FIRST CREATORS OF OUR CIVILIZATION.”
6. The Russian Academician Dmitry Likhachov: “… And the foreign conquerors could not defeat this STATE OF THE SPIRIT, because in defense of the Bulgarian people stood the Bulgarian language, writing and culture in dense order! … The Bulgarian state of the Spirit extends from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific. ocean and from the Arctic Ocean to the Indian Ocean. “
“… You are the most ancient of today’s cultural nations, not only in Europe but in the world. The past has consumed antiquity, ancient Rome, Greece, etc., but Bulgaria has remained as a living fragment of ancient European culture, the most ancient … fragment. That is why we must preserve it, so that today Bulgaria is not only the last fragment of the past, but also the first of the future – the first culture that will step into the third millennium and carry the culture towards the future… ”
7. “One of the historical merits of the Bulgarians is that they have successfully kept the Turks away from the heart of Europe for several centuries. They paid dearly with their blood, their faith, their freedom, and the decline of their brilliant culture at that time ”- Prof. Santa Gracoti, Italy
8. “King Simeon was Charlemagne for Bulgaria, but more educated than our Charlemagne and much happier than him because he laid the foundations of a national literature.” – French historian Alfred Rambo
9. “Bulgarians were the people who contributed most to organizing and shaping civilization throughout Eastern Europe. The Proto-Bulgarians organized the Bulgarian-Slavic tribes into one nation, in which the Bulgarian spirit and culture remained a ferment for eternal times. ” – Prof. Geza Feher, a Byzantologist who also studied the history of the ancient Bulgarians and Magyars, as well as the historical links between them.
10. “Ukrainians, as well as Belarusians and Russians, all remember that our literacy, culture and Orthodox Christian faith originate from Bulgaria. I would also like to remind you that the two first Ukrainian patriarchs were ethnic Bulgarians – Grigory Tsamblak and Cyprian ”Vyacheslav Pohvalsky – Ambassador of Ukraine to Bulgaria.
11. Byzantine Troparchus of 999 : “They, the Bulgarians, were once the most righteous of all peoples and of all the world, honored the most of these virtues and achieved great glory, and the cities and peoples joined them voluntarily.”
12. Bulgarians – this is the people who had everything they wanted; they believed that the world was open to them; they never doubted their victory; this is the people the world is amazed at.
Magnus Felix Enodius, 486
Magnus Felix Anodius (473-521) – Born in France, a close friend of the Ostrogothic King Theodoric, in his honor wrote “A commendable word for King Theodoric”
13. “The Bogomils Create the European Revival” by François Mitterrand (Rather Suitable for B2)
14. “This is a nation which before you had all that it desired; a nation to which the latter acquired titles, who bought their nobility with the blood of the enemy, in whom the battlefield glorifies the race, for they are considered without hesitation the nobler one whose weapon was more bloody in battle. “- Bishop Enodius (474-521), for the Proto-Bulgarians
15. “Nothing else came to them as aiming and aiming, and nothing could withstand the pressure of their arrows.” – John Kameniat (end of IX century – beginning of X century), for the Slavs
16 “I was learning to conquer, not to surrender, fortresses.” – Captain Uzunov, in response to the ultimatum of Serbian General Leshanin to surrender the Vidin Fortress during the Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885).
17. “As an old cavalryman, I was particularly interested in the actions of the Bulgarian Horse Division and was always delighted with her bold actions. I can assure you that by now you had to believe that attacking an cavalry against an infantry was impossible, which you denied. “- Field Marshal MacKenzen, letter to General Kolev, World War I (1915 – 1918)
18. “The Bulgarian state is among the seven world civilizations.” – Prof. Shigeoshi Matsuyama
20. “Bulgaria, saving the work of St. Cyril and Methodius has earned the respect not only of other Slavic peoples, but also of humanity, and this will be the case as we put true content into the words progress, culture and humanity. Not only has Bulgaria saved the great work of Cyril and Methodius from total erasure, but in its lands it has developed, enriched and perfected this invaluable heritage. ” – Roger Bernard
21. “The Volga Bulgarians exist as a people and are now called” Tatars. – Reza H. Bariev, Doctor of Philosophy
22. “Although they consider us Tatars, we are actually Bulgarians. We are the closest relatives to the Danube Bulgarians. Some of them just stayed on the Volga and the others went to the Danube and mingled with the Slavs. ” – Talgat Tajmudin – Sheikh ul-Islam, Mufti, Chairman of the Spiritual Council of Muslims in Russia and European Countries
23. “History testifies that Romanians have lived for a long time in close contact with Bulgarians, who have extended their power beyond the Danube lands. Romanians owed their civilization to this common life during the Middle Ages. ” – O. Denshian
24. “Bulgarians are the people who will bring all the peoples of the world into paradise.” – Peter Dunov
25. John Tsetz – “And then all came to Abyss by ship, and with them Achilles, the son of Peleus and Thetis, the daughter of the philosopher Chiron, leading an army of Hun-Bulgarians-Myrmidons, numbering two thousand five hundred.” ( GIBI10 p. 104)
Ioan Malala and Ioan Exarch directly claim that Achilles was Bulgarian (DAK comm. P. 211)
26. The ancient Persian poet Nasiri Husrau says in verse: “Oh, good God. You did not have to perfect in such perfection the lips and teeth of these charming Bulgarian women who are as brilliant as the moon. “
27. 17th Century Armenian Travelers Hugas Injejian and Stepano Kwer assure that “Bulgarians are a strong and adamant people who never feared death… They are friendly to their friends and evil to their enemies, infinitely hospitable and love to live. in peace and collusion with our neighbors. “
28. Prince Svetoslav, the leader of Kievan Rus , undertakes several march towards Danube Bulgaria. His mother, Queen Olga, is a Volga-Bulgarian princess. The young prince was an eminent imitator of everything Bulgarian, and tried his best to imitate the Bulgarians. With his campaigns against Bulgaria, he not only comes as a prey, but tries under his scepter to subject all Bulgarians to lands and to destroy the Bulgarian statehood (with Tsar / Kahn Bulgarian). Svetoslav left in one of his letters from his Bulgarian residence (fortress Preslavets) to his capital, an interesting statement:
“Mother, if you want to see a beautiful land of Kiev, come in Kada kyoy (Preslavets)
because in the Bulgarian (my) capital, as the center, all the precious things of art and nature flow together, because this is the middle of my land: the Greeks send here gold, cloths, wine and fruit; Bohemians and Hungarians silver and horses; the Russians’ skins, wax, honey and slaves. “
29. The Persian poet, Adaloddin Mohammad Balkhi exclaims in the 12th century: In this world, in paradise, the beauty of women exceeds even the beauty of the Bulgarian woman.
30. In 717, during the time of Danube Bulgaria, which began its existence in the 7th century, the capital of Byzantium was surrounded by 200,000 Arabs with 5,000 ships. The Bulgarian Khan Tervel then saved European Christian civilization by inflicting grievous losses on the Arabs – 32,000 killed, according to Western historian Alberik. For this battle, Arab traveler Al Masudi writes: Bulgarians are a huge, powerful and militant nation. A Bulgarian horseman can head to 100 or 200 horsemen.