About Esperanto

I found Volapuk very complicated and on the other hand Esperanto very simple. So simple in fact that when I got my hands on the grammar, dictionary and articles six years ago, it took me no longer than two hours to fluently read if not write in the language.

Leo Tolstoj, Russian writer

I recognize the usefulness of Esperanto for saving the unity among catholics of the entire world. Esperanto faces a great future.

Pio the 10th, Italian catholic pope

The key of the mutual language, lost in the tower of babylon, can be built only by using Esperanto.

Jules Verne, French Sci-Fi writer

Esperanto... although I never had the courage to learn it, which can be excused due to my old age, I will keep recommending it to children, because it is one of the easiest things they could ever learn.

Gustave Eiffel, French engineer

The goal of Esperanto is to save time, energy, work, money and speed up, simplify international relationships. I dare say Esperanto remains mandatory for peace and culture.

Rudolf Diesel, German engineer

In my opinion Esperanto is a great gift to humanity and expresses the desire to have the fastest and most complete success.

Eduardo the 7th, Brittish king

One does not have the right not to know the artistic language of Doctor Zamenhof. Perhaps I will not convert to the Esperanto believe, but, at least, I will know it and dedicate several hours to the study of the language itself.

Paul Doumer, French politician

I am convinced that were Esperanto to be made popular and widespread, it would have the happiest consequences for international relationships and for the effectiveness of international peace.

Louis Lumière, French inventor of cinematography

I am for the same calendar for the whole world, just like I am for the same currency for all peoples and one auxiliary language such as Esperanto for all peoples.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Indian philosopher, politician

I foresee that Esperanto shall take similar position in the future of mankind similar to that in Latin had in the medieval ages. As a world language it will become a tool for peace and unity among people.

Pio the 12th, Italian catholic pope

Esperanto is the current universal language.

Pope John the 23rd, Italian catholic pope

Let the intellectuals learn Esperanto, all those who have foreign contacts and especially the workers.

Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia

It is likely that a neutral language would be more useful as means of communication among the diverse nations of the world. Esperanto is already one of the main candidates for that function.

Robert Francis Kennedy, American politician

I consider myself a soldier of Esperanto. It matters not whether you are great in numbers, your idea will win. It will win because it is just. Every nation has its language and humanity as well: Esperanto.

Fidel Castro, prime minister of Cuba

Esperanto will generally be very useful to sportsmen for bringing them closer and making friend and sport relationships easier for them.

Pelé, Brazilian football player

About Zamenhof

Having named Doctor Zamenhof as the captain of the order of Izabela the Catholic, I only offered but a small tribute to the great merit of the creator of Esperanto. You can consider me not only a friend of Esperanto but also an Esperantist.

Alfonso the 13th, king of Spain

I know who Zamenhof is, I know that you translated the main works which belong to the common property of the universal literature and you should also continue doing so in this way.

Maurice Genevoix, french writer

People still perceive Esperanto as a proposition of a tool. They know nothing about the ideal impetus, which it's bringing to life. However, rightly does the biography of Zamenhof enchant me. It is necessary to spread this view better! ... The history and idealistic side of Esperanto rests mainly unknown.

Umberto Eco, itala semioticist