Riuzxal Essay

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Rizal’s Words of Wisdom by Ian Christopher Alfonso Human Rights 1. Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all! (Speech for Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and Juan Luna’s victory at the Exposicion General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, June 25, 1884) 2. Why would you submit to another your noble and free thought? It is cowardice and an error to believe that blind obedience is piety and arrogance to think and reflect. (Letter to the Young Women of Malolos, February 22, 1889, London) 3. Men are born equal, naked, and without chains. They were not created by God to be enslaved. (Letter to the Young Women of Malolos, February 22, 1889, London) 4. A man without will of his own is a man without personality. (Letter to the Young Women of Malolos, February 22, 1889, London) 5. Treat the people well, teach them the sweetness of peace so that they can love it and maintain it. (La Verdad para Todos, La Solidaridad, May 31, 1889) 6. Deprive a man then of his dignity and you not only deprive him useless even for those who wish to make use of him. (Sobre la Indolencia de los Filipino, La Solidaridad, August 31, 1890) 7. Each people has its own way of speaking just as it has its own way of feeling. (Simoun to Basilio, El Filibusterismo, 1891) 8. Man is free as long as he can think for himself! (Simoun to Basilio, El Filibusterismo, 1891) 9. You know that the virtues a person may possess are not like the diamonds that may pass from hand to hand, to be sold and resold. They are inherent in the being; they are essential attributes of the subject. (Fr. Sibyla to Simoun, El Filibusterismo, 1891) 10. Let us win it by deserving it, exalting individual reason and dignity, loving the just, the good, the great, even dying for it. (Winning independence, Fr. Florentino to Simoun, El

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