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Monday, December 26, 2011

If Jose Rizal Were Alive Today ,What Would He Say To Us?

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)
 "To foretell the destiny of a nation, it is necessary to open the book that tells of her past."
-- José Rizal, quote inscribed in Fort Santiago

 "Farewell, beloved Country, treasured region of the sun,
Pearl of the sea of the Orient, our lost Eden!
To you eagerly I surrender this sad and gloomy life;
And were it brighter, fresher, more florid,
Even then I’d give it to you, for your sake alone.

I die when I see the sky has unfurled its colors
And at last after a cloak of darkness announces the day;
If you need scarlet to tint your dawn,
Shed my blood, pour it as the moment comes,
And may it be gilded by a reflection of the heaven’s newly-born light."
-- José Rizal, in his poem, "Mi Ultimo Adios", written on the eve of his execution (29 December 1896) as translated into English as "My Last Farewell" by Charles Derbyshire

"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

“ Where are the youth who will consecrate their budding years, their idealism and enthusiasm to the welfare of their country? Where are the youth who will generously pour out their blood to wash away so much shame, so much crime, so much abomination? Pure and spotless must the victim be, that the sacrifice may be acceptable! Where are you, youth, who will embody in yourselves the vigor of life that has lift our veins, the purity of ideas that has been contaminated in our hearts? We await you, O youth! Come, for we await you!' ” Jose Rizal
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)

"And when the people reach 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.” 
― José Rizal


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.
 "There are no tyrants where there are no slaves."
-- José Rizal, El Filibusterismo (translated by Charles Derbyshire as The Reign of Greed)
 "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."

 "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!"
-- José Rizal, Noli Me Tangere (translated by Charles Derbyshire as The Social Cancer)

 "The youth is the hope of our future."
"He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination."
(in Tagalog: "Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinangalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.")

 The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others. -(Letter to the Young Women of Malolos - translated by Gregorio Zaide)

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)