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33 Famous Jose Rizal Quotes On Self-Discovery

Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, was not just a talented writer and poet but also a philosopher and visionary. His words continue to inspire and guide people, especially when it comes to the journey of self-discovery. Rizal believed in the power of self-reflection and understanding, and his quotes reflect this profound wisdom.

The Philippines honors Jose Rizal through various monuments, parks, and institutions named after him. Philippines celebrates Rizal Day on December 30th as a national holiday, commemorating Jose Rizal’s life and contributions to the country.

Here are 33 inspirational Jose Rizal quotes on self-discovery that will encourage you to delve deep within yourself and uncover your true potential:

Jose Rizal Quotes

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One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again. ― José Rizal

He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination. ― José Rizal

The youth is the hope of our future. ― José Rizal

To foretell the destiny of a nation, it is necessary to open the book that tells of her past. ― José Rizal

The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin. ― José Rizal


The youth is the hope of the motherland. ― José Rizal

The youth is the hope of the fatherland. ― José Rizal

The youth is the hope of the nation. ― José Rizal

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

Cowardice rightly understood begins with selfishness and ends with shame. ― José Rizal

I don’t see why I should bow my head when I could hold it high, or place it in the hands of my enemies when I can defeat them. ― José Rizal

To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness! ― José Rizal


While a people preserves its language; it preserves the marks of liberty. ― José Rizal

Why independence? If the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow. ― José Rizal

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

Filipinos don’t realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice. ― José Rizal

Death has always been the first sign of European civilization when introduced in the Pacific. ― José Rizal

Friar! What a strange name. I don’t remember having created such a thing! (God speaking to the angel Gabriel) ― José Rizal


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

Each one writes history according to his convenience. ― José Rizal

Necessity is the most powerful divinity the world knows—it is the result of physical forces set in operation by ethical forces. ― José Rizal

The example could encourage others who only fear to start. ― José Rizal

Dying people don’t need medicine, the ones who remain do. ― José Rizal

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. ― José Rizal

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. ― José Rizal


On this battlefield man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart. ― José Rizal

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. ― José Rizal

Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age. ― José Rizal

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. ― José Rizal

No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed. ― José Rizal


The righteous man pays the sinner’s bill. ― José Rizal

In the Philippines you are not considered to be honorable unless you have been to jail. ― José Rizal

We must win when we deserve it, by elevating reason and the dignity of the individual, loving justice and the good and the great, even dying for it. ― José Rizal

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