Have you ever thought about making a change? Well, making a change isn’t easy, but long before us, there were a few Indonesian authors who tried to make changes in the world and wrote some inspirational books. If you need some inspiration to take a little step and make a change, we have compiled a number of quotes from beloved Indonesian books and authors that will help you to make the change in the world. Happy reading and be inspired to make a better world!
“Saya ingin berkenalan dengan seorang gadis modern, yang berani, yang dapat berdiri sendiri ... yang selalu bekerja tidak hanya untuk kepentingan dan kebahagiaan dirinya sendiri saja, tetapi juga berjuang untuk masyarakat luas, bekerja demi kebahagiaan banyak sesama manusia."
from Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang by R.A Kartini
Published in 1911, Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang is a collection of R.A Kartini’s letters detailing her dream to build a better future for Indonesian women. Born to a noble family, Kartini had a formal education and realised that women shouldn’t stay at home, but also must have proper education and stand up for others. This quote is a part of Kartini’s determination and dream that’s yet to be fulfilled.
“Kau akan berhasil dalam setiap pelajaran, dan kau harus percaya akan berhasil, semua akan jadi mudah; jangan takut pada pelajaran apa pun, karena ketakutan itu sendiri kebodohan awal yang akan membodohkan semua."
From Bumi Manusia by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
Bumi Manusia is said to be one of the best Indonesian literature works of all time and is about to be developed into a motion picture. Pram, the nickname for author Pramoedya, who wrote Bumi Manusia in 1980 while he was in prison, the book contains a lot of inspiring words for the younger generation, especially to have courage and to gain experience while you are still young. And surely this quote is worth pondering on.
“Sedangkan sebetulnya cara mendapatkan hasil itulah yang lebih penting daripada hasil sendiri."
From Madilog by Tan Malaka
There can be no doubt that everyone wants to be the best in every aspect of life. But somehow people tend to ignore the process and become more obsessed with the results. The thought was disturbing for author Tan Malaka. Taken from his book, Madilog, which was published in 1943, it gives us clear thinking to treasure the process of achieving something.
“Hanya ada 2 pilihan, menjadi apatis atau mengikuti arus. Tetapi aku memilih untuk jadi manusia merdeka.”
From Catatan Seorang Demonstran by Soe Hok Gie
There is always a choice in life, but are you daring enough to choose it? Soe Hok Gie, an Indonesian activist and student, dared to lend his voice in the movement against the Indonesian government. All of his thoughts was written in his book called Catatan Seorang Demonstran, which was published in 1983. These quotes serve as inspirational words for the younger generations to choose what they think is right and to always stand up for themselves.
“Jangan berharap dunia yang berubah, tapi diri kita lah yang harus berubah. Ingat anak-anakku, Allah berfirman, Dia tidak akan mengubah nasib sebuah kaum, sampai kaum itu sendirilah yang melakukan perubahan. Kalau kalian mau sesuatu dan ingin menjadi sesuatu, jangan hanya bermimpi dan berdoa, tapi berbuatlah, berubahlah, lakukan saat ini. Sekarang juga!"
From Negeri 5 Menara by Ahmad Fuadi
Who can make changes if we don’t start and do something? Yes, the powerful quote above is taken from Negeri 5 Menara by Ahmad Fuadi. Published in 2009, the book tells the story of six students who want to reach their dreams and make changes. The chosen quotes will absolutely give anyone inspiration not only to dream, but also to have courage to do something to make changes for the better. Remember: hard work never betrays and changes start with us.