Jose W. Diokno

Nationalist
February 26, 1922 - February 27, 1987

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"I know my people. We will be free. We will develop. We will build our own societies. We will sing our own songs" — Jose W. Diokno

"No cause is more worthy than the cause of human rights… they are what makes a man human. Deny them and you deny man’s humanity." — Jose W. Diokno

"Against a united people, no force is strong enough to prevail." — Jose W. Diokno

"We must believe in ourselves, in our capacity to overcome hardship, in our ability to make the right decision." — Jose W. Diokno

"We must view public office as a way to serve the people, not to profit at their expense." — Jose W. Diokno

"The superior virtue is not to receive justice, it is to fight relentlessly for it." — Jose W. Diokno

"There is one dream that we all Filipinos share: that our children may have a better life than we have had. To make this country, our country, a nation for our children." — Jose W. Diokno

"Law in the land died. I grieve for it but I do not despair over it. I know, with a certainty no argument can turn, no wind can shake, that from its dust will rise a new and better law: more just, more human, and more humane. When that will happen, I know not. That it will happen, I know." — Jose W. Diokno

"We are one nation with one future, a future that will be as bright or as dark as we remain united or divided." — Jose W. Diokno

"Authoritarianism does not let people decide; its basic premise is that people do not know how to decide. It promotes repression that prevents meaningful change, and preserves the structure of power and privilege." — Jose W. Diokno

"Yes-men are not compatible with democracy. We can strengthen our leaders by pointing out what they are doing that is wrong." — Jose W. Diokno

"The point is not to make a perfect world, just a better one - and that is difficult enough." — Jose W. Diokno

"Do not forget: We Filipinos are the first Asian people who revolted against a western imperial power, Spain; the first who adopted a democratic republican constitution in Asia, the Malolos Constitution; the first to fight the first major war of the twentieth century against another western imperial power, the United States of America. There is no insurmountable barrier that could stop us from becoming what we want to be." — Jose W. Diokno

"All of us are Filipinos not only because we are brothers in blood, but because we are all brothers in tears; not because we all share the same land, but because we share the same dream." — Jose W. Diokno

"Reality is often much more beautiful than anything that we can conceive of. If we can release the creative energy of our people, then we will have a nation full of hope and full of joy, full of life and full of love — a nation that may not be a nation for our children but which will be a nation of our children." — Jose W. Diokno

"We need—and our people hunger for — an economy run by humans for humans." — Jose W. Diokno

"Criticism, we welcome. Distortion, we deplore." — Jose W. Diokno

"Full human development is the optimal development of all that is human in all humans, the bringing to full flower of the native genius of each and of all." — Jose W. Diokno

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Do not forget: We Filipinos are the first Asian people who revolted against a western imperial power, Spain; the first who adopted a democratic republican constitution in Asia, the Malolos Constitution; the first to fight the first major war of the twentieth century against another western imperial power, the United States of America. There is no insurmountable barrier that could stop us from becoming what we want to be.
— Jose W. Diokno

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