Jose Rizal Quotes

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Believing in accidents is like believing in miracles--both presuppose that God does not know the future.
Death has always been the first sign of European civilization when introduced in the Pacific.
Each one writes history according to his convenience.
Fame to be sweet must resound in the ears of those we love, in the atmosphere of the land that will guard our ashes. Fame should hover over our tomb to warm with its heat the chill of death, so that we may not be completely reduced to nothingness, that something of us may survive.
Fate presented itself to some like a chinese fan--one side black, the other side gilded with flowers.
Filipinos don't realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice.
Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all.
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.
He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.
He who would love much has also much to suffer.
I believe in revelation, but not in revelation which each religion claims to possess... but in the living revelation which surrounds us on every side - mighty, eternal, unceasing, incorruptible, clear, distinct, universal as is the being from whom it proceeds, in that revelation which speaks to us and penetrates us from the moment we are born until we die.
I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land.You who have it to see, welcome it--and forget not those who have fallen during the night!
I go where there are no slaves, hangmen or oppressors; where faith does not kill; where the one who reigns is God.
In the Middle Ages, everything bad was the work of the devil, everything good, the work of God. Today, the French see everything in reverse and blame the Germans for it.
Is it not sad, I said to my countrymen, that we have to learn from a foreigner about ourselves? Thanks to the German scholars we get accurate information about ourselves, and when everything in our country has been destroyed and we wish to verify the historical correctness of certain facts we shall have to come to Germany to search for these facts, in German museums and books!
It breaks immortality's neck, contemplates crime and therefore halts it; it humbles barbarous nations and makes of savages, champions.
It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted in the field without becoming part of an edifice.
It was a world which granted privileges to some and imposed prohibitions on others...Endowed with strength and eager to learn, one had to drag himself in a narrow prison cell when he could see an open field, a vast horizon in the distance; when he could feel the beatings of a heart; and when he believed himself entitled to enjoy the beauty of a dream.
Law has no skin, reason has no nostrils.
Man is multiplied by the number of languages he possesses and speaks.
Man works for an object. Remove that object and you reduce him into inaction.
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Muse who in the past inspired me to sing of the throes of love: Go and repose. What I need is a sword, rivers of gold, and acrid prose.
Necessity is the most powerful divinity the world knows--it is the result of physical forces set in operation by ethical forces.
No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed.
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.
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.
Not all were asleep during the night of our forefathers!
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.
One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.
Pure and spotless must the victim be if the sacrifice is to be acceptable.
The Filipino loves his country no less than the Spaniard does his, and although he is quieter, more peaceful and with more difficulty stirred up, once aroused he does not hesitate and for him the struggle means death to the finish. He has both the meekness and ferocity of the carabao. Climate affects bipeds in the same way it does quadrupeds.
The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin.
The Philippines should be grateful to you if you would write a complete history of our country from an impartial point of view.. But don't expect thanks and laurels--crowns of flowers and laurels are the inventions of free people. But perhaps your children may gather the fruit of what the father planted.
The school of suffering tempers the spirit, the arena of combat strengthens the soul.
The sea, the sea is everything! Its sovereign mass brings to me atoms of a myriad faraway lands; Its bright smile animates me in the limpid mornings and when at the end of day my faith has failed me my heart echoes the sound of its sorrow in the sands.
The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others.
The world laughs at another man's pain.
The youth is the hope of our future.
There are no tyrants where there are no slaves.