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