Jose Marti

(José Julián Martí Pérez)

Jose Marti
Jose Marti
  • Born: January 28, 1853
  • Died: May 19, 1895
  • Nationality: Cuban
  • Profession: Activist









José Julián Martí Pérez; January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895) was a Cuban poet, essayist, journalist, translator, professor, and publisher, who is considered a national hero and an important figure in Latin American literature. He was very politically active, and is considered an important revolutionary philosopher and political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol of Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence." From adolescence, he dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual independence for all Spanish Americans; his death was used as a cry for Cuban independence from Spain by both the Cuban revolutionaries and those Cubans previously reluctant to start a revolt. Martí was also used as a figurehead by the Cuban government throughout the government of Fidel Castro, and his writings were commonly cited as supporting socialism within Castro's administration.

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[Latin] America began to suffer, and still suffers, from the tiresome task of reconciling the hostile and discordant elements it inherited from the despotic and perverse colonizer [Spain], and the imported methods and ideas which have been retarding logical government because they are lacking in local realities. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
… men who are governed by self-interest will combine, whether white or black, and the generous and selfless will similarly unite Lobbying & Special Interests
… whoever brushes aside even a part of the truth, whether through intention or oversight, is doomed to fall. The truth he lacks thrives on negligence, and brings down whatever is built without it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A knowledge of different literatures is the best way to free one's self from the tyranny of any of them. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
A nation is not a complex of wheels, nor a wild horse race, but a stride upward concerted by real men. States. Nations & Nationhood
For the cruel man who would tear out the heart with which I live, I do not cultivate thistles. I cultivate a white rose. War & Peace
In nations composed of both cultured and uncultured elements, the uncultured will govern because it is their habit to attack and resolve doubts with their fists in cases where the cultured have failed in the art of governing. The uncultured masses are lazy and timid in the realm of intelligence, and they want to be governed well. But if the government hurts them, they shake it off and govern themselves. Miscellaneous
In politics, reality is that which is unseen. Politics is the art of combining a nation’s diverse or opposing factors to the benefit of its domestic well-being, and of saving the country from the open enmity or covetous friendship of other nations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is necessary to make virtue fashionable. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is the duty of man to raise up man. Development & Growth
It was imperative to make common cause with the oppressed in order to secure a new system opposed to the ambitions and governing habits of the oppressors. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Let the world be grafted onto our republics, but the trunk must be our own. States. Nations & Nationhood
Life on earth is a hand-to-hand mortal combat... between the law of love and the law of hate. Human Nature
Mankind is composed of two sorts of men — those who love and create, and those who hate and destroy. Human Nature
Men have no special right because they belong to one race or another: the word man defines all rights. Discrimination & Prejudice
Nations should live in an atmosphere of self-criticism because it is healthy, but always with one heart and one mind. Freedom & Liberty
One must have faith in the best of men and distrust the world. Leaders & Leadership
Only those who hate the Negro see hatred in the Negro. Discrimination & Prejudice
Politics and strategy are one. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Rights are to be taken, not requested; seized, not begged for. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sail against the wind. Leaders & Leadership
Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The scorn of our formidable neighbor who does not know us is our America’s greatest danger …. Through ignorance it might even come to lay hands on us. Once it does know us, it will remove it’s hands out of respect. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The spirit of a government must be that of the country. The form of a government must come from the makeup of the country. Government is nothing but the balance of the natural elements of a country. States. Nations & Nationhood
The struggles waged by nations are weak only when they lack support in the hearts of their women. 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. Minorities & Women
The vote is the most effective and merciful instrument that man has devised to manage his affairs. Voters, Voting & Elections
There can be no racial animosity, because there are no races. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
To govern well, one must see things as they are. Management & Managing Government
What right do white racist, who believe their race is superior, have for complaining about black racists, who see something special in their own race? What right do black racists, who see a special character in their race, have for complaining about white racists? Discrimination & Prejudice
Whoever foments and spreads antagonism and hate between the races, sins against humanity. Discrimination & Prejudice
With the poor people of this world I will cast my lot and share their fate. Poverty
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A child, from the time he can think, should think about all he sees, should suffer for all who cannot live with honesty, should work so that all men can be honest, and should be honest himself. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots.
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. Literature, Writers & Writing
A selfish man is a thief.
An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life. Life ;Death
But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Women ;Nature
Charm is a product of the unexpected.
Culture, which makes talent shine, is not completely ours either, nor can we place it solely at our disposal. Rather, it belongs mainly to our country, which gave it to us, and to humanity, from which we receive it as a birthright.
Every human being has within him an ideal man, just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the Greek made of the god Apollo. Religion & God
Fortunately, there is a sane equilibrium in the character of nations, as there is in that of men.
Freedoms, like privileges, prevail or are imperiled together You cannot harm or strive to achieve one without harming or furthering all.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Happiness & Unhappiness
He who could have been a torch and stoops to being a pair of jaws is a deserter.
He who does not see things in their depth should not call himself a radical.
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. Trust ;Money, Coins & Minting
He who uses the office he owes to the voters wrongfully and against them is a thief.
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. Life
In truth, men speak too much of danger. Truth
It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing.
It is terrible to speak of you, Liberty, for one who lives without you.
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. Life ;Power
Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.
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. Life
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.
Love is the bond between men, the way to teach and the center of the world. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man is a living duty, a depository of powers that he must not leave in a brute state. Man is a wing.
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.
Men are like the stars; some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive.
Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Mountains culminate in peaks, and nations in men.
One is guilty of all abjection that one does not help to relieve.
One just principle from the depths of a cave is more powerful than an army.
Only those who spread treachery, fire, and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity. Death
Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness. Fame
Others go to bed with their mistresses; I with my ideas.
Peoples are made of hate and of love, and more of hate than love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Perhaps the enemies of liberty are such only because they judge it by its loud voice.
The force of passion is balanced by the force of interest.
The struggles waged by nations are weak only when they lack support in the hearts of their women. Women
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. Life ;Future ;Trust
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. Freedom & Liberty
To busy oneself with what is futile when one can do something useful, to attend to what is simple when one has the mettle to attempt what is difficult, is to strip talent of its dignity.
To give one's life is a right only when one gives it unselfishly. Life
To use for our exclusive benefit what is not ours is theft.
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We light the oven so that everyone may bake bread in it.