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Jose Rizal Quotes | Best Quotes of Dr. Jose Rizal

In this hub, I’ve compiled all the best quotes of Dr. Jose Rizal. Quotes from himself, his books, his novels like Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo. I’ve mentioned some quotes famed from their Tagalog versions, too. Enjoy!

Jose Rizal Quotes

Jose Rizal Quotes

“He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and smelly fish.” from the Filipino quote above that says, Ang hindi magmahal sa kanyang wika ay higit pa sa hayop at malansang isda."

“While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty.”

“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.” from the Tagalog quote, Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makararating sa paroroonan.

“In the Middle Ages, everything bad was the work of the devil, everything good, the work of God. Today, the French see everything in reverse and blame the Germans for it.” - Letter to Fr. Pastells

“Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all.” Toast to the artists Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo: Madrid, Spain

“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!” -Letter to Blumentritt

“One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.” - Letter to Mariano Ponce

“Law has no skin, reason has no nostrils.”

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Quotes from Noli Me Tangere

“Maria Clara took the young man’s head in her hands and kissed his lips repeatedly, embraced him and afterwards brusquely pushed him away from her."

Between ourselves we can say that the idea of purgatory is good, holy and reasonable. It continues the union between those who have left and those who are left behind, and obliges a commitment to a greater purity of lie. The evil lies in its abuse.” - Pilosopo Tasio

“I am nothing but a fugitive…on the run. Soon they will discover my escape…”

"Believing in accidents is like believing in miracles--both presuppose that God does not know the future."

"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!"


El Filibusterismo Quotes

"You must shatter the vase to spread its perfume, and smite the rock to get the spark."

"There are no tyrants where there are no slaves."

"En campos de batalla, luchando con delirio, Otros the dan sus vidas sin dudas, sin pesar;El sitio nada importa, ciprés, laurel o lirio, Cadalso o campo abierto, combate o cruel martirio,Lo mismo es si lo piden la patria y el hogar."

(In fields of battle, deliriously fighting, others have given you their lives,
without doubt, without regret; The place matters not: where there’s cypress, laurel or lily,
On a plank or open field, in combat or cruel martyrdom,
It’s all the same if the home or country asks.)

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"

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


sedie on February 04, 2015:

What is the meaning of this?

Thus my heart feb on sombre and malancholic thoughts so that even while still child,I already wondered on wings of fantasy in the high regions of the unknown.

marc on March 05, 2013:


Special Education Philippines on September 07, 2012:

This is a very useful post. Thanks for sharing this memorable quotes from our hero. Andres Bonifacio's 150th anniversary is this year too and I hope we can have something like this for him.

twentyfive (author) on April 10, 2012:

Jose Rizal rocks and also his quotes :)

jolina on March 29, 2012:

nice qoutes and i


pauleen on January 10, 2012:

love reading these inspirational quotes by rizal

twentyfive (author) on December 30, 2011:

In commemorating Rizal Day at December 30, I give cheers and fireworks for Rizal's greatness. Happy New Year too everyone! :)

twentyfive (author) on December 06, 2011:

Wow, that's a fantastic dream :) I wanna go to Europe too..

JOHN PAUL on December 06, 2011:

i was really inspired with Dr. Joese Rizal because he was an mazing Patriot,hero and martyr . i want to travel in europe and to have the only one josephine bracken.

twentyfive (author) on November 06, 2011:

Rizal was indeed an intelligent man. His life is so interesting. I love all his quotes here and all your awesome comments guys. Thank you. :)

estela d. obnamia on November 06, 2011:

I am proud to be a Filipino!!!!! Rizal was one of our great heroes,from his quotes alone you will realize how intelligent and good he was.

dr.legaspi on October 10, 2011:

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

mellanie on October 08, 2011:

interesting and can be an inspiration for the youth

mellanie on October 08, 2011:


maria clara on September 28, 2011:



Bernard F. Banico on September 27, 2011:

"Thank you Dr.Jose P. Rizal...

twentyfive (author) on September 14, 2011:

I'm proud to be Pinoy, too. Rizal was great. Thank you for the lovely comments :)

cherry llana on September 12, 2011:

These great words from Dr. Jose Rizal makes me proud as a filipino...

I am a Filipino!!!

nice 1..I love reading these all over and over again...

...vergs on June 19, 2011:

two thumbs up! great

twentyfive (author) on April 26, 2011:

Interesting docu :) Reading his life, yes he was involved with many women. If you read my other hub about Rizal's controversies, I have uploaded a video about Rizal's girlfriends :D He's a natural romantic poet, writer..obviously a playboy :D Thanks for dropping by br14nwall.

br14nwall from Irvine, California on April 26, 2011:

I watch some of Dr. Jose Rizal Documentary with a Title "Little Bad Boy". Curious. so I watch it until the end, and found out that Dr. Jose Rizal is not only a Great Writer, but also a Playboy himself. LOL. Nice Hub about Dr. Jose Rizal Though. :)

twentyfive (author) on March 01, 2011:

thanks for dropping by crystolite :)

Emma from Houston TX on March 01, 2011:

Nice article on jose rizal quotes

twentyfive (author) on February 15, 2011:

All of Rizal's works are inspiring. And all your hubs are inspiring :) Thanks Betty. God bless.

Betty Johansen on February 15, 2011:

“One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.” - Letter to Mariano Ponce

An amazing, inspiring statement! I hope I remember it forever, especially when I die. Rizal must have been a man of great insight and great courage. Thank you for telling us about this heroic man.

twentyfive (author) on February 10, 2011:

haha the 'touch me not' sounds hot. Wonder why Rizal didn't used English for the title LOL Wow, you rode 'kalesa'You should bring Cathy there :)

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on February 10, 2011:

I read the book "Noli" or "Touch me not" as it's called in english. Rizal was a great Philippine patriot. I have strolled around Rizal Park, went on the carriage ride with friends, and did the tour. I recognise the black and gold plaque on the wall. Heh! Gee, it is a small world, isn't it. Lovely tribute to Dr Rizal. This book is available in Penguin classics now. Cheers, Fehl. Loved the quotes here!

twentyfive (author) on February 09, 2011:

Great words for another genius. Thanks Prof. A :)

Thanks a lot for commenting Willstarr and b. Malin. God bless!

haha yeah Jose Rizal is a Filipino hero. His quotes were translated in English. Thanks a lot Sally!

God bless you Sherrylou :)

sherrylou57 from Riverside on February 09, 2011:

Thank you for sharing this hub with us.

Truckstop Sally on February 09, 2011:

Thanks! I would have never been able to enjoy them without the translations.

b. Malin on February 09, 2011:

Wow, I enjoyed this one...lots of good Quotes...very different.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on February 09, 2011:

Interesting Hub!

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on February 09, 2011:

Purgatory's just,both of the dawn and of dusk,thanks for sharing twentyfive.;)

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