Great Throughts Treasury

This site is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Alan William Smolowe who gave birth to the creation of this database.

José Martí, fully José Julián Martí Pérez

Cuban Patriot and National Hero

"Men have no special right because they belong to one race or another: the word man defines all rights."

"Do something useful and you will have everything you want. Doors are shut for those who are dull and lazy; life is secure for those who obey the law of work."

"A poem is something sacred. Let no one take it for anything except itself."

"Strength comes from waiting."

"The dagger plunged in the name of Freedom is plunged into the breast of Freedom."

"An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life."

"A selfish man is a thief. "

"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. "

"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. "

"It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing. "

"Freedoms, like privileges, prevail or are imperiled together. You cannot harm or strive to achieve one without harming or furthering all. "

"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. "

"He who does not see things in their depth should not call himself a radical. "

"It is the duty of man to raise up man. "

"Men are like the stars; some generate their own light while others reflect the brilliance they receive. "

"Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness. "

"The force of passion is balanced by the force of interest. "

"A grain of poetry suffices to season a century. "

"To educate is to free."

"Habit creates the appearance of justice: progress has no greater enemy than habit."