121st Anniversary of Rizal’s Martyrdom: Famous Quotes by Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin. (El Filibusterismo)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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. (El Filibusterismo)

– Dr. Jose P. 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.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

The school of suffering tempers the spirit, the arena of combat strengthens the soul. (El Filibusterismo)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

He who would love much has also much to suffer.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

You must shatter the vase to spread its perfume, and smite the rock to get the spark!” (El Filibusterismo)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Virtue lies in the middle ground.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

He who knows the surface of the earth and the topography of a country only through the examination of maps..is like a man who learns the opera of Meyerbeer or Rossini by reading only reviews in the newspapers. The brush of landscape artists Lorrain, Ruysdael, or Calame can reproduce on canvas the sun’s ray, the coolness of the heavens, the green of the fields, the majesty of the mountains…but what can never be stolen from Nature is that vivid impression that she alone can and knows how to impart–the music of the birds, the movement of the trees, the aroma peculiar to the place–the inexplicable something the traveller feels that cannot be defined and which seems to awaken in him distant memories of happy days, sorrows and joys gone by, never to return!

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

There are no tyrants where there are no slaves. (El Filibusterismo)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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! (Noli Me Tangere)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

It breaks immortality’s neck. Contemplates crime and therefore halts it; It humbles barbarous nations, And makes of savages, champions! (“Por La Education”)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Today is Christmas Eve. Whether or not Christ was born exactly on this date is not important. But chronological accuracy has nothing to do with tonight’s event. A grand genius had been born who preached truth and love; who suffered because of his mission; and on account of his sufferings the world has become better, if not saved. Only it gives me nausea to see how some people abuse his name to commit numerous crimes. If he is in heaven, he will certainly protest! (24 December 1886)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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! (Noli Me Tangere)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow?

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

The world laughs at another man’s pain.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Man is multiplied by the “number of languages” he possesses and speaks. (Los Viajes!)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Law has no skin, reason has no nostrils.

– Dr. Jose P. RizalRate it:

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!

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Not all were asleep during the night of our forefathers! (Noli Me Tangere)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Little learning is dangerous.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

People don’t realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Treat your old parents as you would like to be treated by your children later.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Climate affects bipeds in the same way it does quadrupeds.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Each one writes history according to his convenience.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Equality of Men “Men are born equal, naked and without chains. They were not created by God to be enslaved, neither were they endowed with intelligence in order to be misled, nor adorned with reason to be fooled by others. It is not pride to refuse to worship a fellow man, to enlighten the mind, and to reason everything. The arrogant one is he who wants to be worshipped, who misleads others, and who wants his will to prevail over reason and lustice.”( Jose Rizal Message to the women of Malolos, Europe, Feb. 1889)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Fate presented itself to some like a chinese fan–one side black, the other side gilded with flowers. (Noli Me Tangere)

– Dr. Jose P. 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.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

Necessity is the most powerful divinity the world knows–it is the result of physical forces set in operation by ethical forces.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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! (Mi Retiro)

– Dr. Jose P. Rizal

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