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Quotes From Dr Jose Rizal

Updated on July 21, 2016

Through Dr. Jose Rizal's literary works, he opened the minds of the Filipino people to fight for their rights in their own country. His two most famous novels with highly nationalistic and revolutionary ideas are Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, two novel exposing the arrogance and despotism of the Spanish clergy. These two novels provoked the animosity of those in power and these literary works led himself into trouble with the Spanish officials. He was imprisoned at Fort Santiago from July 6-15, 1892 then exiled to Dapitan until 1896.

During his exile, the rebellion by the militant secret society Katipunan had become a full blown revolution and his enemies lost no time in pressing him down. They were able to enlist witnesses that linked him with these revolts and he was again locked up in Fort Santiago on November 3, 1896. He was convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal associations. In his prison cell he wrote a poem now known as Mi Ultimo Adios, a masterpiece, expressing not only his love for his country but also that of countrymen.

Here is a collection of some of Jose Rizal quotations taken from the letters, novel, articles and poems.

  • Law has no skin, reason has no nostrils. - (The Philippines: A Century Hence)
  • To wish that the alleged child remain in its swaddling clothes tis to risk that it may turn against its nurse and flee, tearing away the old rags that bind it. -(The Philippines: A Century Hence)
  • The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos - translated by Gregorio Zaide)
  • A government that rules a country from a great distance is the one that has the most need for a free press more so even than the government of the home country. (The Philippines: A Century Hence)
  • Encystment of a conquering people is possible, for it signifies complete isolation, absolute inertia, debility in the conquering element. Encystment thus means the tomb of the foreign invader. -(The Philippines: A Century Hence)

  • While a people preserves its language: it preserves the marks of liberty.
  • It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great deal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.
  • I wish to show those who deny us patriotism that we know how to die for our country and convictions. -(inscribed at Fort Santiago Walls)
  • Ignorance is servitude, because as a man thinks, so he is; a man who does not think for himself and allowed himself to be guided by the thought of another is like the beast led by a halter.-(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos)

  • No good water comes from muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos)
  • Youth is a flower-bed that is to bear rich fruit and must accumulate wealth for its descendants. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos)
  • Maturity is the fruit of infancy and the infant is formed on the lap of its mother. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos)
  • A tree that grows in the mud is unsubsantial and good only for firewood. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos)
  • Man works for an object. Remove that object and you reduce him into inaction. -(Indolence of the Filipino - La Solidaridad -1890)
  • One only die once and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again. - (Letter to Mariano Ponce - 1890)

  • All men are born equal, naked, without bonds. God did not create man to be a slave; nor did he endow him with intelligence to have him hoodwinked, or adorn him with reason to have him decieved by others. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos)


  • Without education and liberty, which are the soil and the sun of man, no reform is possible no measure can give the result desired. -(Indolence of the Filipinos-La Solidaridad)

"I die just when I see the dawn break,

Through the gloom of night, to herald the day;

And if color is lacking my blood thou shalt take,

Pour'd out at need for thy dear sake,

To dye with its crimson the waking ray".

-My Last Farewell- 1896

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      janet ilaya 3 years ago

      I am very blessed to all Filipino hero,, in such a way that they let us feel to live with freedom..

      We, as Filipino,, we should not waste their passion,, all their sacrifice s and always put it in our mind and heart that we are all gifted because of our bravest heroes...

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      sunshine tanomna 3 years ago

      so nice hope that many filipino make as there inspiration/

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      aprilyn badoy endrina 3 years ago

      jose rizal is an intelligent hero.. he knows all the Spaniards is. he is a great man and hero . he fought gor our freedom not with his swords but his writtings. now learned a lot of rizal by

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      Dimasalang 4 years ago

      Rizal is an ordinary man, doing extra-ordinary things! He must be the role model of all Filipinos if we are wanting for a successful country.

      Truly, it is an honor for me to be a Filipino. I will always remember his words of wisdom.

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      jasyl 4 years ago

      really his a hero. a great man

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      ilding abordo 4 years ago

      I rate this TEN

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      Thelma 5 years ago

      Rizal ignited the patriotism I have right now. I hope Filipinos around the world will be able to understand the value and sacrifices he made to our country.

      Filipino ako sa puso, sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa

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      joseph... 5 years ago

      i really appreciate this man... he's a spectacular.. he is one of a kind..

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      masovi 5 years ago

      WORD of unending Wisdom

      Salamat kay Dr. Jose Rizal

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      Meimei 5 years ago

      I'm 13 years old and I am taking time to read this. I am a Filipino and I've heard of Rizal countless times before because we always studied a bit of him in our History subject, and I honestly look up to him. He is very inspirational. I, as part of the youth, believe that there still is hope for the improvement of the future, and I promise to take part in it.

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      alicia tiamzon 5 years ago

      hope more youth will have time to read this,

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      aerielle claire castillo 5 years ago

      thats great.....................

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      joyjoy 5 years ago

      a man with integrity... because of him i learn a lot about Philippines through his writings. wherever you right now our Lord God will Bless you Jose Rizal.

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      abegail tomarong,arwin licudan,mischelle delmo..gwapa.. 5 years ago

      i admired of his undying love of our country,,he fought to the spaniards with no fear and doubdt...not using weapons but through his writings

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      France Onate 5 years ago

      I was thinking, "What Would Life Be Like Without Dr. Jose Rizal.Because of him we are saved from the unkind and selfish spaniards.Thank you!

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      pugut70 5 years ago

      I believe that it was Dr. Jose Rizal's wish that we be free from the clutches of tyranny, that our motherland would grow to its full potential. We have been blessed to have heroes like Rizal, Jaena, Bonifacio, Mabini etc. as models to look up to, however I pray that we as a filipino people would be inspired by the love they showed to our motherland, through their words, their paintings, their actions, and ultimately their lives. Let us begin with ourselves. Mabuhay ang Filipino! Nawa'y patuloy ntn isapuso ang adhikain na ipinaglaban ng ating mga bayani at taas noong isabuhay natin ito.

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      makhay 5 years ago

      Rizal is a very intelligent man no one knows he can do a lot of things when he was alive!

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      charryloujavier 5 years ago

      very nice sayings of you Rizal. i salute you!

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      dr.legaspi 6 years ago

      the man of honor; the man of character; the man of nobility; the filipinos hero... am so proud and honor to teach jose rizal as a subject

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      dr.legaspi 6 years ago

      dr. rizal indeed, both an extraordinary man and an ordinary man. am very proud to be a Filipino.

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      Joe Dzioba 6 years ago

      I am currently in the Philippines with my girlfriend, she took me to Fort Santiago where I was quite bored until I started to read the quotes of this enlightened man and was captivated. Few people have ever had such a grasp on their own innate freedom. You politicians who use his name are not fit to speak the words as most of you have become the very tyrants and oppressors he spoke of, but even worse you oppress your own people. mabuhay the memory of such a great man

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      clarissa cortez 6 years ago

      good job hub you have answered my questions;did my request to see many sayings in one page

      hope to see more from you!

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      HERBERT ubaldo 6 years ago

      nice hub, hope you can do more

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      ewa nicole 6 years ago

      jose rizal have great novels

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      dianne 6 years ago

      He is a great Hero of all. He just not use any sword to defeat the Spaniards but He use His Knowledge to get ou Freedom and realize to all Filipino that We are worth Dying for.

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      ajaycee 6 years ago

      Dr. Jose Rizal is truly a great and fantastic man... his not comparable to any famous man who is well known all over the world... he is a one of a kind...

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      Joanna Marie Gravillo Rube de la Cruz 6 years ago

      Jose Rizal was really a great man.. He was given by God with great wisdom and so many talents... And he used it for good... He was humble and not proud...

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      michael_angelo 7 years ago

      his if not perfect, close to it...

      he had suffered a lot for his fatherland...

      he had mastered his intellect over his heart...

      i wish i could be like him, taming own's impulses...

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      raiza 7 years ago

      His quotes provoke truly heartfelt nationalism. Philippine's national hero!

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      explorer scout 7 years ago

      Thanks for the info. This will help me much in acquiring my Filipino heritage merit badge.

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      SKIEFLOE 8 years ago

      VERY INFORMATIVE.A GREAT WORK,thank you for making it possible for me to surf the net easily

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      The Good Cook 8 years ago

      Well I'd never heard of Dr Jose Rizal before reading this, but he certainly voiced some touching thoughts and philosophies. Thanks MM.