40 quotes found by Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal
I may be what my enemies desire me to be, yet never an accusation are they able to hurl against me which makes me blush or lower my forehead; and I hope that God will be merciful enough with me, to prevent me from committing one of those faults which would involve my family.
family  god  hope  # 347687
Jose Rizal
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.'
life  work  understand  # 347688
Jose Rizal
The youth is the hope of our future.
future  hope  youth  # 347689
Jose Rizal
If the Philippines secure their independence after heroic and stubborn conflicts, they can rest assured that neither England, nor Germany, nor France, and still less Holland, will dare to take up what Spain has been unable to hold.
Less  Rest  Hold  # 347690
Jose Rizal
He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
Came  # 347691
Jose Rizal
My countrymen, I have given proofs that I am one most anxious for liberties for our country, and I am still desirous of them. But I place as a prior condition the education of the people, that by means of instruction and industry our country may have an individuality of its own and make itself worthy of these liberties.
education  Means  Itself  # 347692
Jose Rizal
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.
love  language  Worse  # 347693
Jose Rizal
I have recommended in my writings the study of civic virtues, without which there is no redemption. I have written likewise (and repeat my words) that reforms, to be beneficial, must come from above, that those which come from below are irregularly gained and uncertain.
words  Study  Written  # 347694
Jose Rizal
To doubt God is to doubt one's own conscience, and in consequence, it would be to doubt everything; and then what is life for?
life  god  Doubt  # 347695
Jose Rizal
No one ceases to be a man, no one forfeits his rights to civilization merely by being more or less uncultured, and since the Filipino is regarded as a fit citizen when he is asked to pay taxes or shed his blood to defend the fatherland, why must this fitness be denied him when the question arises of granting him some right?
Fitness  Less  Since  # 347696
Jose Rizal
As God has not made anything useless in this world, as all beings fulfill obligations or a role in the sublime drama of Creation, I cannot exempt from this duty, and small though it be, I too have a mission to fill, as for example: alleviating the sufferings of my fellowmen.
god  Cannot  Small  # 347697
Jose Rizal
The divine flame of thought is inextinguishable in the Filipino people, and somehow or other it will shine forth and compel recognition. It is impossible to brutalize the inhabitants of the Philippines!
impossible  Divine  Somehow  # 347698
Jose Rizal
One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.
good  Once  Again  # 347699
Jose Rizal
Wealth brings with it refinement, the spirit of conservation, while poverty inspires adventurous ideas, the desire to change things, and has little care for life.
life  change  While  # 347700
Jose Rizal
There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.
Slaves  Tyrants  # 347701
Jose Rizal
My mother is not a woman of ordinary culture. She knows literature and speaks Spanish better than I do. She even corrected my poems and gave me advice when I was studying rhetoric.
mother  Woman  culture  # 347702