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Jose Rizal Quotes

Filipino journalist, Birth: 19-6-1861, Death: 30-12-1896 Jose Rizal Quotes
On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.
Jose Rizal

On this battleground humanity has no more powerful tool than its shrewdness, no other strength but its passion.
He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
Jose Rizal

One who does not recall their roots will never reach their goal.
To foretell the destiny of a nation, it is necessary to open a book that tells of her past.
Jose Rizal

To ascertain the fate of a country, it is imperative to peruse a chronicle that recounts her history.
Filipinos don't realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice.
Jose Rizal

Filipinos don't recognize that triumph is the result of exertion, that delight emerges from affliction, and expiation is a consequence of offering.
Treat your old parents as you would like to be treated by your children later.
Jose Rizal

'Cherish your elderly parents as you would expect to be cherished by your offspring in the future.'
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Ignorance is servitude, because as a man thinks, so he is; a man who does not think for himself and allows himself to be guided by the thought of another is like the beast led by a halter.
Jose Rizal

Enslavement is subjugation, for as an individual reflects, so he exists; someone who does not ponder independently and allows themselves to be directed by the beliefs of another is similar to the animal directed by a bridle.
I want to show to those who deprive people the right to love of country, that when we know how to sacrifice ourselves for our duties and convictions, death does not matter if one dies for those one loves – for his country and for others dear to him.
Jose Rizal

Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all.
Jose Rizal

Innate brilliance is boundless, radiating everywhere, permeating the atmosphere like a natural resource. It is the birthright of humanity.
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I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man.
Jose Rizal

I must place my trust in the divine, for my belief in humanity has been shattered.
One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.
Jose Rizal

One only passes away once, and if one does not depart this life in an honourable way, a unique chance is squandered and will not come around again.
I die without seeing dawn's light shining on my country... You, who will see it, welcome it for me...don't forget those who fell during the nighttime.
Jose Rizal

'I pass away without beholding the sun breaking through upon my homeland... You, who will witness it, greet it for me...never forget those who perished in the darkness.'
It is enough for the evil people to succeed, for the good people to do nothing.
Jose Rizal

'If the wicked are allowed to prosper, inaction by the righteous is tantamount to complicity.'
No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed.
Jose Rizal

No wholesome harvest can be obtained from a tainted source.
I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents.
Jose Rizal

The youth is the hope of our future.
Jose Rizal

The younger generation is the beacon of our destiny.
Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age.
Jose Rizal

Exploration is a whim in childhood, an obsession in youth, an obligation in maturity, and a lamentation in old age.
I go where there are no slaves, hangmen or oppressors; where faith does not kill; where the one who reigns is God.
Jose Rizal

I seek out places where freedom reigns, and no one is subject to servitude, execution or tyranny; where religion does not inhibit; where the ultimate sovereign is the Lord.
He who would love much has also much to suffer.
Jose Rizal

He who cherishes deeply will also endure much sorrow.
I wish to show those who deny us Patriotism that we know how to die for our country and convictions.
Jose Rizal

I hope to demonstrate to those who discredit our loyalty to the nation that we are willing to sacrifice ourselves for our homeland and beliefs.
I can concede that the government has no knowledge of the people, but I believe the people know less of the government. There are useless officials, evil, if you like, but there are also good ones, and these are not able to accomplish anything because they encounter an inert mass, the population that takes little part in matters that concern them.
Jose Rizal

Who does not love his own tongue is far worse than a brute or stinking fish.
Jose Rizal

'One who does not appreciate the power of their own voice is more wretched than a beast or putrid fish.'
Our liberty will not be secured at the sword's point... We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when the people reaches that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.
Jose Rizal

To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness!
Jose Rizal

To be content does not mean to practice foolishness!
To live is to be among men, and to be among men is to struggle, a struggle not only with them but with oneself; with their passions, but also with one's own.
Jose Rizal

To exist is to be in the presence of humankind, and to be in their presence is to strive, a battle not only with them but with one's self; contending against their emotions, as well as battling one's own.
It is not the criminals who arouse the hatred of others, but the men who are honest.
Jose Rizal

The loathed are not the culprits, but those of uprightness.
The people do not complain because they have no voice; do not move because they are lethargic, and you say that they do not suffer because you have not seen their hearts bleed.
Jose Rizal

The populace remains silent as they are voiceless; remain stagnant as they are inert, and you insist that they do not experience hardship since you have not witnessed their anguish.
I honor the father in his son, not the son in his father. Each one receives a reward or punishment for his deeds, but not for the acts of others.
Jose Rizal

No one blames a pilot who takes refuge in port when the storm begins to blow. It is not cowardice to duck under a bullet; what is wrong is to defy it only to fall and never rise again.
Jose Rizal

The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin.
Jose Rizal

Why independence? If the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow.
Jose Rizal

For myself I think that one wrong does not right the other, and forgiveness cannot be won with useless tears or alms to the Church.
Jose Rizal

While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.
Jose Rizal

The example could encourage others who only fear to start.
Jose Rizal

It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.
Jose Rizal

The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others.
Jose Rizal

Friar! What a strange name. I don't remember having created such a thing!
Jose Rizal

Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.
Jose Rizal

Man works for an object. Remove that object and you reduce him into inaction.
Jose Rizal

I don't see why I should bow my head when I could hold it high, or place it in the hands of my enemies when I can defeat them.
Jose Rizal

Oh how beautiful to fall to give you flight, to die to give you life, to rest under your sky; and in your enchanted land forever sleep.
Jose Rizal

To doubt God is to doubt one's own conscience, and in consequence it would be to doubt everything.
Jose Rizal

What is death to me? I have sown the seeds others will reap.
Jose Rizal

No one has a monopoly of the true God, nor is there a nation or religion that can claim, or at any rate prove, that it has been given the exclusive right to the Creator or sole knowledge of His Being.
Jose Rizal

Your enemies hate you more than they hate your ideas. Should you want a project to be undone propose it. Even if it were as useful as a bishop's mire it would be rejected. Once you are defeated let the humblest-looking among you sponsor it and your enemies to humble you will approve it.
Jose Rizal

Man is multiplied by the number of languages he possesses and speaks.
Jose Rizal

No, let us not make God in our image, poor inhabitants that we are of a distant planet lost in infinite space. However brilliant and sublime our intelligence may be, it is scarcely more than a small spark which shines and in an instant is extinguished, and it alone can give us no idea of that blaze, that conflagration, that ocean of light!
Jose Rizal

God has made man a cosmopolite. He created seas for ships to glide on, the wind to push them, and the stars to guide them even in darkest night.
Jose Rizal

To the questioning glance of love, as it flashes out and then conceals itself, speech has no reply; the smile, the kiss, the sigh answer.
Jose Rizal

I have observed that the prosperity or misery of each people is in direct proportion to its liberties or its prejudices and, accordingly, to the sacrifices or the selfishness of its forefathers. -Juan Crisostomo Ibarra
Jose Rizal

How long have you been away from the country?" Laruja asked Ibarra. "Almost seven years." "Then you have probably forgotten all about it." "Quite the contrary. Even if my country does seem to have forgotten me, I have always thought about it.
Jose Rizal