* * *  "Don't you realize that it is a useless life which is not consecrated to a great ideal?  It is a stone wasted in the fields without becoming a part of any edifice." (El Filibusterismo) * * * "When a people is denied light, home liberty, and justice -- things that are essential to life, and therefore man's partimony -- that people has the right to treat him who so despoils it as we would the robber who intercepts us on the highway." (El Filibusterismo) * * *  "Has your attention never been drawn to the character of our people?  Peaceful, yet fond of warlike shows and bloody fights; democratic, yet adoring emperors, kings and princes; irreligious, yet impoverishing itself by costly religious pagents." (Noli Me Tangere) * * * "The beautiful and spotless career of your life, ending in the sublime work of redemption of the helpless and the sufferers, would be the gracious sanction of our sacrifices and the sacred blessings to hearten us in the strife." (from the letters of Rizal) * * * "People will labor because then labor will cease to be a despicable thing, it will no longer be servile, imposed upon a slave." (El Filibusterismo) * * * "Without education and freedom, which are the soil and the sun of man, no reform is possible, no measure can yield the desired result." (The Indolence of the Filipinos) * * *  "Liberty is to man what education is to the intelligence." (El Filibusterismo) * * *  "Every man should die for his duty and convictions." (from the letters of Rizal) * * * "An immoral government presupposes a demoralized people; a conscienceless administration, greedy and servile citizens in the settled parts, outlaws and brigands in the mountains." (El Filibusterismo) * * *  "Like government, like country!" (El Filibusterismo) * * * "Politicians without principles and convictions defend with the same enthusiasm contrary ideas." (Dudas) * * * "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) * * * "What is death, if one dies for what he loves, for his beloved country and for those whom he adores?" (from the letters of Rizal)

PURPOSE: This site is dedicated to the life and writings of the premier Filipino national hero (Bayani) of the Philippines, Dr. José Rizal.

 

 

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The Life and of Dr. José Rizal
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