Corneliu Zelea Codreanu

"Romania is dying because of a lack of men, not a lack of programs."

From The Nest Leader's Manual (1933)
"Fascism is preoccupied by the clothing (namely the forms of state organization), National-Socialism by the body (namely the racial eugenics), whereas Legionarism is preoccupied by something much deeper: by the soul (namely by its strengthening through the cultivation of Christian virtues and its preparation with final salvation in mind, salvation dealt with by the Christian Church in the most perfect fashion)."

"The law of silence: Speak little. Say only what you must. Speak only when necessary. Your oratory should be deeds, not words. You accomplish: let others talk."

"The Politician's goal is to build a fortune, ours is to build our homeland flowering and strong. For her we will work and we will build. For her we will make each Romanian a hero, ready to fight, ready to sacrifice, ready to die."


From For My Legionaries: The Iron Guard (1936)
"We wear the clothes and embrace the forms of democracy. Are they worth anything? We don't know yet. But we do know one thing. We know it for sure. That some of the largest and most civilized nations of Europe have discarded those clothes and have acquired new ones. Did they get rid of them forever? Other nations are doing their best to dispose of them and to get new ones also. Why? Have all nations gone mad? Are the Rumanian politicians the only wise men in the world? Somehow I doubt it."

"A people is not led according to its will; the democratic formula; nor according to the will of one individual: the dictatorial formula. But according to laws. I do not talk here of man-made laws. There are norms, natural laws of life; and there are norms, natural laws of death. Laws of life and laws of death. A nation is headed for life or death according to its respect for one or the other of these laws."

"Democracy destroys the unity of the Rumanian nation, dividing it among political parties, making Rumanians hate one another, and thus exposing a divided people to the united congregation of Jewish power at a difficult time in the nation's history. This argument alone is so persuasive as to warrant the discarding of democracy in favor of anything that would ensure our unity--or life itself. For disunity means death."

"Democracy makes Rumanian citizens out of millions of Jews by making them the Rumanians' equals. By giving them the same legal rights. Equality? What for? We have been here for thousands of years. Plow and weapon in hand. With our labors and blood. Why equality with those who have been here for only one hundred, ten, or even five years? Let's look at the past: We created this state. Let's look at the future: We Rumanians are fully responsible for Greater Rumania. They have nothing to do with it. What could be the responsibility of Jews, in the history books, for the disappearance of the Rumanian state? Thus: no equality in labor, sacrifice, and struggle for the creation of the state and no equal responsibility for its future. Equality? According to an old maxim: Equality is to treat unequally the unequal. What are the reasons for the Jews' demanding equal treatment, equal political rights with the Rumanians?

"Democracy is incapable of perseverance. Since it is shared by political parties that rule for one, two, or three years, it is unable to conceive and carry out plans of longer duration. One party annuls the plans and efforts of the other. What is conceived and built by one party today is destroyed by another tomorrow. In a country in which much has to be built, in which building is indeed the primary historical requirement, this disadvantage of democracy constitutes a true danger. It is a situation similar to that which prevails in an establishment where masters are changed every year, each new master bringing in his own plans, ruining what was done by some, and starting new things, which will in turn be destroyed by tomorrow's masters."

"Democracy prevents the politician's fulfillment of his obligations to the nation. Even the most well-meaning politician becomes, in a democracy, the slave of his supporters, because either he satisfies their personal interests or they destroy his organization. The politician lives under the tyranny and permanent threat of the electoral bosses. He is placed in a position in which he must choose between the termination of his lifetime work and the satisfaction of the demands of party members. And the politician, given such a choice, opts for the latter. He does so not out of his own pocket, but out of that of the country. He creates jobs, sets up missions, commissions, sinecures--all rostered in the nation's budget--which put increasingly heavy pressures on a tired people."

"Democracy cannot wield authority, because it cannot enforce its decisions. A party cannot move against itself, against its members who engage in scandalous malfeasance, who rob and steal, because it is afraid of losing its members. Nor can it move against its adversaries, because in so doing it would risk exposure of its own wrongdoings and shady business."

"Democracy serves big business. Because of the expensive, competitive character of the multiparty system, democracy requires ample funds. It therefore naturally becomes the servant of the big international Jewish financiers, who enslave her by paying her. In this manner, a nation's fate is placed in the hands of a clique of bankers.

"If the multitude does not understand or understands only with difficulty several laws that are immediately necessary to its life, how can it be imagined by someone that it -which in a democracy must be led through itself-could understand the most difficult natural laws; or that it would know intuitively the most subtle and imperceptible norms of human leadership, norms that project beyond itself, its life, its life's necessities, or which do not apply directly to it but to a more superior entity, the nation?"

"A people is not capable of governing itself. It ought to be governed by its elite. Namely, through that category of men born within its bosom who possess certain aptitudes and specialties. Just as the bees raise their "queen" a people must raise its elite. The multitude likewise, in its needs, appeals to its elite, the wise of the state."

"Here are two opposite ideas, one containing truth, the other the lie. Truth-of which there can be but one-is sought. The question is put to a vote. One idea polls 10,000 votes, the other 10,050. Is it possible that 50 votes more or less determine or deny truth? Truth depends neither on majority nor minority; it has its own laws and it succeeds, as has been seen, against all majorities, even though they be crushing."

"Can the people choose its elite? Why then do soldiers not choose the best general? In order to choose, this collective jury would have to know very well: a) The laws of strategy, tactics, organization, etc. and b) To what extent the individual in question conforms through aptitudes and knowledge to these laws. No one can choose wisely without this knowledge."

"That is why we believe that the leading elite of a country cannot be chosen by the multitude. To try to select this elite is like determining by majority vote who the poets, writers, mechanics, aviators or athletes of a country ought to be."

"Democracy elects men totally lacking in scruples, without any morals; those who will pay better, thus those with a higher power of corruption; magicians, charlatans, demagogues, who will excel in their fields during the electoral campaign. Several good men would be able to slip through among them, even politicians of good faith. But they would be the slaves of the former."

"In Romania, particularly since the war, democracy has created for us, through this system of elections, a "national elite" of Romano-Jews, based not on bravery, nor love of country, nor sacrifice, but on betrayal of country, the satisfaction of personal interest, the bribe, the traffic of influence, the enrichment through exploitation and embezzlement, thievery, cowardice, and intrigue to knock down any adversary. This "national elite," if it continues to lead this country, will bring about the destruction of the Romanian state. Therefore, in the last analysis, the problem facing the Romanian people today, on which all others depend, is the substitution of this fake elite with a real national one based on virtue, love and sacrifice for country, justice and love for the people, honesty, work, order, discipline, honest dealing, and honour."

"On what must an elite be founded? a) Purity of soul. b) Capacity of work and creativity. c) Bravery. d) Tough living and permanent warring against difficulties facing the nation. e) Poverty, namely voluntary renunciation of amassing a fortune. f) Faith in God. g) Love."

"The new Romanian elite, as well as any other elite in the world, must be based on the principle of social selection. In other words, a category of people endowed with certain qualities which they then cultivate, is naturally selected from the nation's body, namely from the large healthy mass of peasantry and workingmen, which is permanently bound to the land and the country. This category of people becomes the national elite meant to lead our nation."

"The type of man who lives nowadays in the Romanian political scene, I have already found in history: under his rule, nations died and states were destroyed."

"The young man who joins a political party is a traitor to his generation and to his race."

"It is a new form of leadership of states, never encountered yet. I don't know what designation it will be given, but it is a new form. I think that it is based on this state of mind, this state of high national consciousness which, sooner or later, spreads to the periphery of the national organism. It is a state of inner light. What previously slept in the souls of the people, as racial instinct, is in these moments reflected in their consciousness, creating a state of unanimous illumination, as found only in great religious experiences. This state could be rightly called a state of national oecumenicity. A people as a whole reach self-consciousness, consciousness of its meaning and its destiny in the world. In history, we have met in peoples nothing else than sparks, whereas, from this point of view, we have today permanent national phenomena. In this case, the leader is no longer a 'boss' who 'does what he wants', who rules according to 'his own good pleasure': he is the expression of this invisible state of mind, the symbol of this state of consciousness. He does not do what he wants, he does what he has to do. And he is guided, not by individual interests, nor by collective ones, but instead by the interests of the eternal nation, to the consciousness of which the people have attained. In the framework of these interests and only in their framework, personal interests as well as collective ones find the highest degree of normal satisfaction."

"I reject republicanism. At the head of races, above the elite, there is Monarchy. Not all monarchs have been good. Monarchy, however, has always been good. The individual monarch must not be confused with the institution of Monarchy, the conclusions drawn from this would be false. There can be bad priests, but this does not mean that we can draw the conclusion that the Church must be ended and God stoned to death. There are certainly weak or bad monarchs, but we cannot renounce Monarchy. The race has a line of life. A monarch is great and good, when he stays on this line ; he is petty and bad, to the extent that he moves away from this racial line of life or he opposes it. There are many lines by which a monarch can be tempted. He must set them all aside and follow the line of the race. Here is the law of Monarchy."

"Romania is dying because of a lack of men, not a lack of programs."

"The law of honor: Go along only on the paths of honor. Fight, and never be a coward. Leave the path of infamy to others. Better to fall in an honorable fight than win by infamy."

"We shall create a spiritual atmosphere, a moral atmosphere, in which the heroic man may be born and on which he can thrive. This hero will lead our people on the road of its greatness."

"I could not define how I entered into the struggle. Probably like a man who, walking the street, with his preoccupations, his needs and his own thoughts, surprised by the fire which is consuming a house, takes off his jacket and rushes to give help to those who are the prey of flames. With the common sense of a young man of twenty or so, this is the only thing I understood in all I was seeing : that we were losing the Fatherland, that we would no longer have the Fatherland, that, with the unwitting support of the miserable, impoverished and exploited Romanian workers, the Jewish horde would sweep us away."

"I started with an impulse of my heart, with that instinct of defense which even the least of the worms has, not with the instinct of personal self-preservation, but of defense of the race to which I belong. This is why I have always had the feeling that the whole race rests on our shoulders, the living, and those who died for the Fatherland, and our entire future, and that the race struggles and speaks through us, that the hostile flock, however huge, in relation to this historical entity, is only a handful of human detritus which we will disperse and defeat... The individual in the framework and in the service of his race, the race in the framework and in the service of God and of the laws of the divinity: those who will understand these things will win even though they are alone. Those who will not understand will be defeated."

"When we speak of the Rumanian nation, we refer not only to the Rumanians currently living on the same territory, with the same past and same future, the same habits, the same language, the same interests. When we speak of the Rumanian nation we refer to all Rumanians, dead or alive, who have lived on this land of ours from the beginnings of history and will live on it also in the future."

"A people becomes aware of its existence when it becomes aware of its entirety, not only of its component parts and their individual interests. Its culture: the fruit of its life, the product of its own efforts in thought and art. This culture is not international. It is the expression of the national genius, of the blood. The culture is international in its brilliance but national in origin. Someone made a fine comparison: bread and wheat may be internationally consumed, but they always bear the imprint of the soil from which they came. But the most important of all is the spiritual patrimony, because it alone bears the seal of eternity, it alone transcends all times. The ancient Greeks are with us today not because of their physiques, no matter how athletic--those are only ashes now--nor because of their material wealth, if they had such, but because of their culture."

"A nation lives forever through its concepts, honor, and culture. It is for these reasons that the rulers of nations must judge and act not only on the basis of physical and material interests of the nation but on the basis of the nation's historical honor, of the nation's eternal interests. Thus: not bread at all costs, but honor at all costs."

"The question may thus be asked: What are the norms for international behavior? The nations' animal instincts? The tiger in them? Do the laws of the fishes in the sea or of the beasts in the forest apply?"

"The ultimate goal is not life. It is resurrection. The resurrection of nations in the name of Jesus Christ the Savior. Creation and culture are only means--not the purpose--of resurrection. Culture is the fruit of talent, which God implanted in our nation and for which we are responsible. A time will come when all the world's nations will arise from the dead, with all their dead, with all their kings and emperors. Every nation has its place before God's throne. That final moment, "resurrection from the dead," is the highest and most sublime goal for which a nation can strive. The nation is thus an entity that lives even beyond this earth."

"Nations are realities also in the other world, not only on this one. To us Rumanians, to our nation, as to every nation in the world, God assigned a specific mission; God has given us a historical destiny. The first law that every nation must abide by is that of attaining that destiny, of fulfilling the mission entrusted to it.
Are we going to be the weak and cowardly generation that will relinquish, under threats, the Rumanian destiny and renounce our national mission?"

"Is it not frightening, that we, the Romanian people, no longer can produce fruit? That we do not have a Romanian culture of our own, of our people, of our blood, to shine in the world side by side with that of other peoples? That we be condemned today to present ourselves before the world with products of Jewish essence? That today, at this moment, when the world expects that the Romanian people appear to show the fruit of our national blood and genius, we present ourselves with an infection of Judaic cultural caricature?"

"Consider the attitude our great Vasile Conta held in the Chamber in 1879. Fifty years earlier the Romanian philosopher demonstrated with unshakeable scientific arguments, framed in a system of impeccable logic, the soundness of racial truths that must lie at the foundation of the national state..."

"We do not remember that our people - during our sad but proud Romanian history - at any time tolerated being dishonoured. Our fields are full of the dead, but not of cowards. Today we are free men with the consciousness of our rights. Slaves we are not and never were. We receive death, but not humiliation. Rest assured, we have sufficient moral strength left to find an honourable exit from a life we cannot support without honour and dignity."

"O you, who have been struck, maligned or martyred, I can bring the news, which I wish to carry more than the frail value of a casual rhetorical phrase: soon we shall win. Before your columns, all our oppressors will fall. Forgive those who struck you for personal reasons. Those who have tortured you for your faith in the Romanian people, you will not forgive. Do not confuse the Christian right and duty of forgiving those who wronged you, with the right and duty of our people to punish those who have betrayed it and assumed for themselves the responsibility to oppose its destiny. Do not forget that the swords you have put on belong to the nation. You carry them in her name, In her name you will use them for punishment-unforgiving and unmerciful. Thus and only thus, will you be preparing a healthy future for this nation."

"Prayer is decisive element of victory. Wars are won by those who have managed to attract from elsewhere, from the skies, the mysterious forces of the invisible world and to secure their support. These mysterious forces are the souls of the dead, the souls of our ancestors, who once were, like us, linked to our clods, to our furrows, who died for the defense of this land and are still linked today to it by the memory of their lives and by us, their sons, their grandsons, their great grandsons. But, above the souls of the dead, there is God. Once these forces are attracted, they are of considerable power, they defend us, they give us courage, will, all the elements necessary to victory and which make us win. They bring in panic and terror among the enemies, paralyse their activity. In the last analysis, victories do not depend only on material preparation, on the material forces of the belligerents, but on their power to secure the support of spiritual forces. The fairness and the morality of actions and the fervent, insistent call for them in the form of rite and collective prayer attract such forces."

"If Christian mysticism and its goal, ecstasy, is the contact of man with God through a leap from human nature to divine nature, national mysticism is nothing other than the contact of man and crowds with the soul of their race through the leap which these forces make from the world of personal and material interests into the outer world of race. Not through the mind, since this anyone can do, but by living with their soul."

"We will kill in ourselves a world in order to build another, a higher one reaching to the heavens."

"The Legionaries have been called by God to sound the trumpet for the resurrection of Romania after centuries of darkness and oppression."

"This moment of brotherhood in the same faith and of pledging to fight for our Christian country against the cheating Judaic hordes, will never be forgotten. We who were fighting each other but yesterday, were now embracing. The orientation guidelines in our (student) meetings were the writings of our national geniuses Bogdan Petriceicu Hajdeu, Vasile Conta, Mihail Eminescu, Vasile Alecsandri, etc. but especially the writings and lectures of Professor Cuza, the writings of Professor Paulescu, the lessons in national education of Professor Gavanescul."

"We have studied the Jewish problem scientifically. Essentially it is an abnormal situation that the Jews should live among other races, whereby they violate the great natural law that every race shall live in its own country."

"In one year I learned as much about anti-Semitism as would be enough for three mens' lifetimes. For you cannot wound the sacred convictions of a people, what their heart loves and respects, without causing deep pain and shedding the heart's blood. It was 17 years ago, and my heart bleeds yet."

"There is, among all those various parts of the world who serve their people, a kinship of sympathy, as there is such a kinship among those who labour for the destruction of peoples."

"Because we have political parties led by Romanians, through which Judaism speaks ; Romanian papers, written by Romanians, through which the Jew and his interests speak ; Romanian lecturers, thinking, writing and speaking Hebraically, but in the Romanian language."

"Mussolini has destroyed communism and Freemasonry; he implicitly declared war upon Judaism too."

"Those who think that the Jews are poor unfortunates, arrived here by chance, carried by the wind, led by fate, and so on, are mistaken. All the Jews who exist on the face of the earth form a great community, bound by blood and Talmudic religion. They are parts of a truly implacable state, which has laws, plans and leaders who formulate these plans and carry them through. The whole thing is organised in the form of a so-called 'Kehillah'. This is why we are faced, not with isolated Jews, but with a constituted force, the Jewish community. In any of our cities or countries where a given number of Jews are gathered, a Kehillah is immediately set up, that is to say the Jewish community. This Kehillah has its leaders, its own judiciary, and so on. And it is in this small Kehillah, whether at the city or at the national level, that all the plans are formed : how to win the local politicians, the authorities ; how to work one's way into circles where it would be useful to get admitted, for example, among the magistrates, the state employees, the senior officials ; these plans must be carried out to take a certain economic sector away from a Romanian's hands ; how an honest representative of an authority opposed to the Jewish interests could be eliminated ; what plans to apply, when, oppressed, the population rebels and bursts in anti-Semitic movements."

"As forests in Bucovina, all those mountains laden with first belonging to the Orthodox Church, which was now infused with politics, and estranged, were given to the Jew Anhauh for exploitation of the firewood at the unheard-of price of 10 lei per cubic yard, while the Romanian peasant had to pay 3.50 lei. The mountains' forests fall under the merciless Jewish axe. Poverty and sorrow spreads over the Romanian villages, mountains become barren rock, while Anhauh and his kin carry constantly and tirelessly their gold-laden coffers over the border. The partner-in-crime of the Jew in exploiting the misery of thousands of peasants, was the Romanian politician who gorged himself on his portion of this fabulous profit."

"The Jewish problem is no utopia, but a grave life and death problem for the Romanian nation, the country's leaders grouped by political parties becoming more and more like toys in the hands of the Judaic manipulators."

"Besides, large-scale general plans : 1) they will seek to break the bonds between earth and heaven, doing their best to spread, on a large scale, atheistic and materialistic theories, degrading the Romanian people, or even just its leaders, to a people separated from God and its dead, they will kill them, not with the spear, but by cutting the roots of their spiritual life ; 2) they will then break the links of the race with the soil, material spring of its wealth, attacking nationalism and any idea of Fatherland and homeland ; determined to succeed, they will seek to seize the press ; 4) they will use any pretext, since in the Romanian people there are dissensions, misunderstandings, and quarrels, to divide them into as many antagonistic parties as possible ; 5) they will seek to monopolise more and more the means of existence of Romanians ; 6) they will systematically drive them to dissoluteness, annihilating family and moral force without forgetting to degrade and daze them through alcoholic drinks and other poisons. And, in truth, anyone who would want to kill and conquer a race could do it by adopting this system."

"A country has the Jews it deserves. Just as mosquitoes can thrive and settle only in swamps, likewise the former can only thrive in the swamps of our sins."

"At Posada, Calugareni, on the Olt, jiu and Cerna rivers, at Turda; in the mountains of the unhappy and forgotten Moti of Vidra, all the way to Huedin and Alba-Iulia (the torture place of Horia and his brothers-in-arms), there are everywhere testimonies of battles and tombs of heroes. All over the Carpathians, from the Oltenian mountains at Dragoslavele and at Predeal, from Oituz to Vatra Dornei, on peaks and in valley bottoms, everywhere Romanian blood flowed like rivers. In the middle of the night, in difficult times for our people, we hear the call of the Romanian soil urging us to battle. I ask and I expect an answer: By what right do the Jews wish to take this land from us? On what historical argument do they base their pretensions and particularly the audacity with which they defy us Romanians, here in our own land? We are bound to this land by millions of tombs and millions of unseen threads that only our soul feels, and woe to those who shall try to snatch us from it."

"The Jews are our enemies and as such they hate, poison, and exterminate us. Romanians who cross into their camp are worse than enemies: they are traitors. If I had but one bullet and were faced by both an enemy and a traitor, I would let the traitor have it."

"From this Legionary school a new man will have to emerge, a man with heroic qualities; a giant of our history to do battle and win over all the enemies of our Fatherland, his battle and victory having to extend even beyond the material world into the realm of invisible enemies, the powers of evil. Everything that our mind can imagine as more beautiful spiritually; everything the proudest that our race can produce, greater, more just, more powerful, wiser, purer, more diligent and more heroic, this is what the Legionary school must give us! A man in whom all the possibilities of human grandeur that are implanted by God in the blood of our people be developed to the maximum. This hero, the product of Legionary education, will also know how to elaborate programs; will also know how to solve the Jewish problem; will also know how to organize the state well; will also know how to convince other Romanians; and if not, he will know how to win, for that is why he is a hero. This hero, this Legionary of bravery, labor, and justice, with the powers God implanted in his soul, will lead our Fatherland on the road of its glory."

"Legionary life is beautiful, not because of riches, partying or the acquisition of luxury, but because of the noble comradeship which binds all Legionaries in a sacred brotherhood of struggle."

"De atunci mi s-a înrădăcinat credința care nu mă va părăsi, că cel care luptă, chiar singur, pentru Dumnezeu și neamul său nu va fi învins niciodată."

"E îngrozitor! Noi, poporul român, să nu mai putem da roadele noastre? Să nu avem o cultură românească, a noastră, a neamului, a sângelui nostru, care să strălucească în lume alături de roadele altor neamuri? Să fim noi condamnați astăzi de a ne prezenta în fața lumii întregi cu produse de esență jidănească? Astăzi, în ultimul moment, când lumea așteaptă ca poporul român să apară cu rodul sângelui și geniului său național, noi să ne prezentăm cu o infecție de caricatură culturală iudaică?"

"Țara aceasta piere din lipsă de oameni, nu din lipsă de programe.
Atâta timp cât va exista pe lume un singur legionar conștient de misiunea lui, Mișcarea Legionarã va fi vie, activă și de neînvins.
Clocotește ura în jurul vostru ca marea în jurul unei insule de piatră. Vi se vor întinde paharele de ademenire, politicianismul, prin miile de mijloace, va voi să vă facă trădători,vor curge cuvintele mieroase și promisiunile, minciunile,calomniile. Vor încerca dezbinarea voastră, vor curge deopotrivă asupra voastră amenințările și ura. Veți fi prigoniți. Veți simți amarul nedreptăților. Eu vă strig: nu vă lăsați! Cine vrea să învingă trebuie să știe să rabde. Acum e eroismul răbdării…"

"Ele nu vor avea decât un singur efect: de a acumula în suflet nedreptate peste nedreptate, calomnie peste calomnie, lovitură peste lovitură, durere peste durere. Tineretul acesta le-a răbdat toate, a înăbușit toate în sufletul său. Acum însă, după atâția ani, dacă aș voi să dau un sfat lumii, aș striga: Feriți-vă de cei ce rabdă!"

"Cea dintâi problemă care ni se punea era aceasta: cine trebuie să răspundă mai întâi? Cine sunt mai vinovați pentru starea de nenorocire în care se zbate țara: românii sau jidanii? Am căzut unanim de acord, că cei dintâi și mai mari vinovați sunt românii ticăloși, care pentru arginții iudei și-au trădat neamul. Jidanii ne sunt dușmani și în această calitate ne urăsc, ne otrăvesc, ne extermină. Conducătorii români care se așează pe aceeași linie cu ei, sunt mai mult decât dușmani: sunt trădători. Pedeapsa cea dintâi și cea mai cruntă se cuvine în primul rând trădătorului și în al doilea rând dușmanului. Dacă aș avea un singur glonț, iar în fața mea un dușman și un trădător, glonțul l-aș trimite în trădător."

"De unde cunoaștem aceste planuri? Le cunoaștem sigur, trăgând concluzii din mișcările adversarului. Orice comandant de trupă, urmărind cu atenție acțiunea adversarului, își dă seama de planurile pe care acesta le urmărește. Este un lucru elementar. În toate războaiele lumii a fost vreun conducător care a cunoscut planurile adversarului pentru că ar fi asistat la facerea lor? Nu! Le-a cunoscut perfect din mișcările adversarului său. Pentru ca poporul român să-și frângă orice putere de rezistență, jidanii vor aplica un plan unic și într-adevăr diabolic. 1.) Vor căuta să rupă legăturile sufletești ale neamului cu cerul și cu pământul. Pentru ruperea legăturilor cu cerul, vor întrebuința împrăștierea, pe scară întinsă, a teoriilor ateiste, pentru a face din poporul român, sau măcar numai din conducătorii lui, un popor despărțit de Dumnezeu; despărțit de Dumnezeu și de morții lui, pentru a-l omorî, nu cu sabia, ci tăindu-i rădăcinile de viață spirituală. Pentru ruperea legăturilor cu pământul, izvorul material de existență al unui neam, vor ataca naționalismul ca o idee învechită și tot ce se leagă de ideea de patrie și pământ, pentru ca să rupă firul iubirii care unește poporul român de brazda lui. 2.) Pentru ca acestea să reușească, vor căuta să pună mâna pe presă. 3.) Vor întrebuința orice prilej, pentru ca în tabăra poporului român să fie dezbinare, neînțelegeri și ceartă și, dacă e posibil, chiar îl vor împărți în mai multe tabere, care să se lupte între ele. 4.) Vor căuta să acapareze cât mai mult din mijloacele de existență ale românilor. 5.) Îi vor îndemna sistematic pe calea desfrâului, nimicindu-le familia și puterea morală. 6.) Îi vor otrăvi și ameți cu tot felul de băuturi și otrăvuri... Oricine va voi să omoare și să cucerească un neam va putea să o facă întrebuințând acest sistem: ruperea legăturilor lui cu cerul și cu pământul, introducerea certurilor și luptelor fratricide, introducerea imoralității și a desfrâului, constrângerea materială prin limitarea la maximum a mijloacelor de subzistență, otrăvire fizică, beție. Toate acestea nimicesc o nație mai rău decât dacă ai bate-o cu mii de tunuri sau cu mii de aeroplane."

"Poporul nu se conduce după voința lui: democrația. Nici după voința unei persoane: dictatura. Ci după legi. Nu e vorba de legile făcute de oameni. Sunt norme, legi naturale de viață și norme, legi naturale de moarte. Legile vieții și legile morții. O națiune merge la viață sau la moarte după cum respectă pe una sau pe alta din aceste legi.
Dacă mistica creștină cu finalul ei, extazul, este contactul omului cu Dumnezeu, printr-un „salt din natura umană în natura divină” (Crainic), mistica națională nu este altceva decât contactul omului sau al mulțimilor cu sufletul neamului lor, printr-u salt pe care acestea îl fac, din lumea preocupărilor personale, în lumea eternă a neamului. Nu cu mintea, căci aceasta o face orice istorie, ci trăind, cu sufletul lor."

"Un popor ajunge la conștiința de sine când ajunge la conștiința acestui întreg, nu numai la acea a intereselor sale."

"O răzvrătire ar fi când nu s-ar ridica în contra organismului, ci mai puțin: când ar sta în propria ei slujbă, când nu s-ar satisface decât pe ea însăși, când n-ar avea altă menire și alt ideal în afară de ea, când ar deveni propriul ei Dumnezeu. Individul în cadrul și în slujba neamului său. Neamul în cadrul și în slujba lui Dumnezeu și a legilor Dumnezeirii. Cine va înțelege aceste lucruri va învinge, chiar de va fi și singur. Cine nu va înțelege, va cădea învins."

"Fapta, nu vorba - fă, nu verb!"

"Muncitorii români părăsiți îngroașă rândurile comuniștilor.
Bacșișul, mita și hoția au desființat sănătatea morală a națiunii române."

"Justiția care judecă după "ordin" și nu după conștiință, nu există.
Mergi numai pe căile indicate de onoare. Luptă și nu fi niciodată mișel. Lasă pentru alții căile infamiei. Decât să învingi printr-o infamie, mai bine cazi luptând pe drumul onoarei."

"Dacă într-o organizație apar începuturi de gangrenă, ele trebuiesc imediat localizate și apoi extirpate cu cea mai mare energie. Dacă nu se pot localiza și se extind ca un cancer în întregul organism al mișcării, cauza este pierdută. Viitorul și misiunea organizației sunt compromise. Ea va muri sau își va târî zilele între viață și moarte, fără ca să poată realiza ceva."

"Ea, Legiunea tinde să aprindă credinți nebănuite, ea tinde să transforme, să revoluționeze sufletul românesc... Sufletul este punctul cardinal asupra căruia trebuie să se lucreze în momentul de față. Sufletul individului și sufletul mulțimii."

"Fii disciplinat, căci numai așa vei învinge."

"Cine vrea să învingă trebuie să știe să rabde. Acum e eroismul răbdării."

"Condițiile esențiale ale elitei sunt: să trăim ucigând în noi poftele de îmbogățire materială; să trăim o viață aspră și severă."

"Atât de mult au fost călcate bietele case de legionari, încât pentru a restabili dreptatea în viitoarea Românie legionară, numele de legionar trebuie să devină sacru. Nicio forță publică să nu-i poată pătrunde în casă."

"Oratoria ta este oratoria faptei. Tu făptuiește; lasă pe alții să vorbească."

"Biruința veșnică și adevărată este biruința născută din martiriu.
Recunoaștem că suntem păcătoși: aceasta este atitudinea legionară față de Biserică."

"Mișcarea Legionară, înainte de a fi o mișcare politică, teoretică, financiară, economică, etc. de formule, este o școală spirituală, în care dacă va intra un om, la celălalt capăt va trebui să iasă un erou."

"În fața ei (a țării) legionarul se prezintă nu cu drepturi cetățenești, ci cu sacre datorii."

"O Românie nouă nu poate ieși decât din luptă. Din jertfa fiilor săi.
Nu să ajungi puternic te pregătește. Nu pentru binele tău să lupți și să muncești, ci pentru binele și salvarea neamului tău.
Legiunea este o organizație întemeiată pe ordine și disciplină. Legiunea e călăuzită de un naționalism curat, izvorât din nemărginita dragoste de Neam și Țară. Legiunea vrea să trezească la luptă toate energiile creatoare ale Neamului. Legiunea apără altarele Bisericii pe care dușmanii vor sa ni le dărâme. Legiunea îngenunche înaintea crucilor vitejilor și mucenicilor Neamului."

"Țelul final nu este viața. Ci Învierea. Învierea neamurilor în numele Mântuitorului Iisus Hristos. Creația, cultura, nu-i decât un mijloc, nu un scop, cum s-a crezut, pentru a obține această înviere. Este rodul talentului pe care Dumnezeu l-a sădit în neamul nostru, de care trebuie să răspundem. Va veni o vreme când toate neamurile pământului vor învia, cu toți morții și cu toți regii și împărații lor. Având fiecare neam locul său înaintea tronului lui Dumnezeu. Acest moment final, „învierea din morți”, este țelul cel mai înalt și mai sublim către care se poate înălța un neam."

"De vor intra trupele rusești pe la noi și vor ieși învingătoare, cine poate să creadă, unde este mintea care să susțină că ele vor pleca de la noi înainte de a ne sataniza, adică bolșeviza?"

"Iașiul zidit pe șapte dealuri, ca Roma, este și rămâne cetatea eternă a românismului."

"Nu admitem nimănui ca să caute și să ridice pe pământul românesc alt steag decât acela al istoriei noastre naționale. Oricâtă dreptate ar putea avea clasa muncitoare, nu-i admitem ca să se ridice peste și împotriva hotarelor țării. Nu va admite nimeni ca pentru pâinea ta să pustiești și să dai pe mâna unei nații străine de bancheri și cămătari, tot ce a agonisit truda de două ori milenară a unui neam de muncitori și de viteji. Dreptatea ta, în cadrul dreptății neamului. Nu se admite ca pentru dreptatea ta să sfarmi în bucăți dreptatea istorică a nației căreia aparții."

"Poporul român, în aceste zile ale lui, nu are nevoie de un mare om politic, așa cum greșit se crede, ci de un mare educator și conducător, care să biruiască puterile răului."

"Nu contează că e evreu și vă rog sa rețineți pentru totdeauna că nu împotriva evreilor ca atare trebuie să se îndrepte lupta necruțătoare a unui legionar autentic, ci contra celor ce fac rău României si Bisericii creștine." (C. Z. Codreanu despre faptul că a salvat un evreu de la înec)

"Neamul nostru n-a trăit prin milioanele de robi care și-au pus gâtul în jugul străinilor, ci prin Horia, prin Avram Iancu, prin Tudor, prin Iancu Jianu, prin toți haiducii, car în fața jugului străin nu s-au supus, ci și-au pus flinta în spate și s-au ridicat pe potecile munților, ducând cu ei onoarea și scânteia libertății. Prin ei a vorbit atunci neamul nostru, iar nu prin „majoritățile” lașe și „cuminți”. Ei înving sau mor: indiferent. Pentru că atunci când mor, neamul trăiește întreg din moartea lor și se onorează din onoarea lor. Ei strălucesc în istorie ca niște chipuri de aur care, fiind pe înălțimi, sunt bătute în amurg de lumina soarelui, în timp ce peste întinderile cele de jos, fie ele cât de mari și cât de numeroase, se așterne întunericul uitării și al morții. Aparține istoriei naționale nu acela care va trăi sau va învinge – cu sacrificarea liniei vieții neamului – ci acela care, indiferent dacă va învinge sau nu, se va menține pe această linie."

[Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, Pentru Legionari. Bucharest: Totul Pentru Tara, 1936.]

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