Salë Marku’s Story

Salë Marku’s Story

Salë Marku’s Story

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For 30 years (1839 – 1869) Salë Marku was made famous for standing up to the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul by Hajredin Pasha, who lost twelve thousand soldiers fighting against Dibran soldiers at the outfall of Radika. Here are two brief stories that are still told about him today.


Once someone asked Salë Marku:

-What are the three good things about this world?

-Patience, – he replied.

-What about the second?

-Patience, – he replied again.

-And third?

-Patience, – he relied raising his voice.



A Turkish major said once to Salë Marku:

-Would it be better if the highlanders surrendered their weapons?

-Yes, – he replied.

-Then why aren’t they surrendering them then?

-They will, they will – replied Salë Marku nodding his head.

-But when?

-When they run out of ammunition!

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