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A selfish man is a thief.
– Jose Marti
The wretch who lives without freedom feels like dressing in the mud from the streets Those who have you, o Liberty, do not know. you. Those who do not have you should not speak of you, but win you.
A child who does not think about what happens around him and is content with living without wondering whether he lives honestly is like a man who lives from a scoundrel’s work and is on the road to being a scoundrel.
One is guilty of all abjection that one does not help to relieve.
Only those who spread treachery, fire, and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity.
He who receives money in trust to administer for the benefit of its owner, and uses it either for his own interest or against the wishes of its rightful owner, is a thief.
We light the oven so that everyone may bake bread in it.
One just principle from the depths of a cave is more powerful than an army.
Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.
He who does not see things in their depth should not call himself a radical.
We are free, but not to be evil, not to be indifferent to human suffering, not to profit from the people, from the work created and sustained through their spirit of political association, while refusing to contribute to the political state that we profit from.
Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.
Men are like the stars; some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive.
Charm is a product of the unexpected.
Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them.
Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it. He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.
Others go to bed with their mistresses; I with my ideas.
Just as he who gives his life to serve a great idea is admirable, he who avails himself of a great idea to serve his personal hopes of glory and power is abominable, even if he too risks his life.
But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.
Love is the bond between men, the way to teach and the center of the world.
Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel, the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing, so is liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect.
An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life.
To give one’s life is a right only when one gives it unselfishly.
The vote is a trust more delicate than any other, for it involves not just the interests of the voter, but his life, honor and future as well.
If I survive, I will spend my whole life at the oven door seeing that no one is denied bread and, so as to give a lesson of charity, especially those who did not bring flour.
Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever.