He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.
Ignorance is servitude, because as a man thinks, so he is;
a man who does not think for himself and allows himself to be guided by the thought of another is like the beast led by a halter.
Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all.
I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man.
One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.
It is enough for the evil people to succeed, for the good people to do nothing.
I die without seeing dawn's light shining on my country.
.. You, who will see it, welcome it for me...don't forget those who fell during the nighttime.
No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed.
The youth is the hope of our future.
Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age.
I don’t believe in courtship.It’s a waste of time. If I love the person, I’ll tell her right away. But for you, I’ll make an exception. Just love me now, and I’ll court you forever.
I go where there are no slaves, hangmen or oppressors;
where faith does not kill; where the one who reigns is God.
I can concede that the government has no knowledge of the people, but I believe the people know less of the government. There are useless officials, evil, if you like, but there are also good ones, and these are not able to accomplish anything because they encounter an inert mass, the population that takes little part in matters that concern them.
Who does not love his own tongue is far worse than a brute or stinking fish.
Our liberty will not be secured at the sword's point.
.. We must secure it by making ourselves worthy of it. And when the people reaches that height, God will provide a weapon, the idols will be shattered, tyranny will crumble like a house of cards, and liberty will shine out like the first dawn.
To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness!
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.
It is not the criminals who arouse the hatred of others, but the men who are honest.
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.
The people do not complain because they have no voice;
do not move because they are lethargic, and you say that they do not suffer because you have not seen their hearts bleed.
History should not be left to the historians.
Rather, be like Churchill. Make history, and then write it.
I honor the father in his son, not the son in his father.
Each one receives a reward or punishment for his deeds, but not for the acts of others.
The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin.
Why independence? If the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow.
For myself I think that one wrong does not right the other, and forgiveness cannot be won with useless tears or alms to the Church.
I often wonder what I will be remembered in history for. Scholar? Military hero? Builder?
Some people say the president is incapable of enforcing the law.
Let them say that once more and I will set the tanks on them.
I was reminded as I was reviewing my life, that I have been in too many conflicts, too many wars, political battles, military battles, civil strifes in government. And always one lesson stands out and that is, those whom you fight most passionately often turn out to be your best friends.
Elect me as your congressman today, I promise you an Ilocano president in 20 years.
The power of one, if fearless and focused, is formidable, but the power of many working together is better.
The example could encourage others who only fear to start.
It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal.
It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.
Life is meant to be a challenge, because challenges are what make you grow.
A nation is born into freedom on the day when such a people, moulded into a nation by a process of cultural evolution and sense of oneness born of common struggle and suffering, announces to the world that it asserts its natural right to liberty and is ready to defend it with blood, life, and honor.
The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others.
I come from a poor family.
Now I ask you to make your sacrifice. Take a gamble. I took the plunge and I'm glad of it.
The challenge to America is to extend to Asia the defensive shield of American power in forms consonant with Asian freedom and self-respect.
Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.
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.
Little boys have amazing minds.
Boxing is not for killing each other.
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.
The foundation upon which our nation stands is much richer and firmer than the sympathies that may occasionally divide us. And we never know this more truly than in Christmas time. In good times or in bad, under clear skies or under the shadow of uncertainty, the Christmas message is the imperishable one of joy, hope and brotherhood.
If you practice hard, you can win every battle.
I have sat at the sumptuous tables of power, but I have not run away with the silverware.
Man is multiplied by the number of languages he possesses and speaks.
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!
Your enemies hate you more than they hate your ideas.
Should you want a project to be undone propose it. Even if it were as useful as a bishop's mire it would be rejected. Once you are defeated let the humblest-looking among you sponsor it and your enemies to humble you will approve it.
Even in my prime, I need God in my life because without God, we're nothing.