quote by Jose Rizal

I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man.

— Jose Rizal

Grateful Noli Me Tangere quotations

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

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.

I go where there are no slaves, hangmen or oppressors;

where faith does not kill; where the one who reigns is God.

To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness!

It is not the criminals who arouse the hatred of others, but the men who are honest.

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.

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.

The example could encourage others who only fear to start.

The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others.

Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame.

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.

Man is multiplied by the number of languages he possesses and speaks.

How long have you been away from the country?" Laruja asked Ibarra.

"Almost seven years." "Then you have probably forgotten all about it." "Quite the contrary. Even if my country does seem to have forgotten me, I have always thought about it.

To the questioning glance of love, as it flashes out and then conceals itself, speech has no reply; the smile, the kiss, the sigh answer.

I have observed that the prosperity or misery of each people is in direct proportion to its liberties or its prejudices and, accordingly, to the sacrifices or the selfishness of its forefathers. -Juan Crisostomo Ibarra

Let us not ask for miracles, let us not ask for concern with what is good for the country of him who comes as a stranger to make his fortune and leave afterwards.

Dying people don't need medicine, the ones who remain do.

Filipinos are not a reading people, and despite the compulsory course on the life and works of Rizal today, from the elementary to the university levels, it is accepted that the 'Noli me Tangere' and 'El Filibusterismo' are highly regarded but seldom read (if not totally ignored). Therefore one asks, how can unread novels exert any influence?

Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am / And wild for to hold, though I seem tame.

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