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José Martí

Data di nascita: 28. Gennaio 1853
Data di morte: 19. Maggio 1895

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José Julián Martí Pérez è stato un politico, scrittore e rivoluzionario cubano. Fu un leader del movimento per l'indipendenza cubana; a Cuba è considerato uno dei più grandi eroi nazionali.

Frasi José Martí

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„Ogni vero uomo deve sentire sulla propria guancia lo schiaffo dato sulla guancia di un altro uomo.“

— José Martí
erroneamente attribuito a Che Guevara; citato in Michael Löwy, Che's Revolutionary Humanism, Monthly Review, volume 49, numero 5, ottobre 1997

„A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.“

— José Martí, Versos Sencillos: Simple Verses
Dedication of the Statue of Liberty (1887)

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„Day and night I always dream with open eyes.“

— José Martí
"I dream awake" ["Ismaelillo"] As quoted in Great Hispanic-Americans (2005) by Nicolás Kanellos, Robert Rodriguez and Tamra Orr, p. 72

„White and black racists would be equally guilty of racism.“

— José Martí
Context: Ostentatious men who are governed by self-interest will combine, whether white or black, and the generous and selfless will similarly unite. True men, black and white, will treat one another with loyalty and tenderness, out of a sense of merit and the pride of everyone who honors the land in which we were born, black and white alike. Negroes, who now use the word "racist" in good faith, will stop using it when they realize it is the only apparently valid argument that weak men, who honestly believe that Negroes are inferior, use to deny them the full exercise of their rights as men. White and black racists would be equally guilty of racism.

„Absolute ideas must take relative forms if they are not to fail because of an error in form.“

— José Martí
Context: The youth of America are rolling up their sleeves, digging their hands in the dough, and making it rise with the sweat of their brows. They realize that there is too much imitation, and that creation holds the key to salvation. "Create" is the password of this generation. The wine is made from plantain, but even if it turns sour, it is our own wine! That a country's form of government must be in keeping with its natural elements is a foregone conclusion. Absolute ideas must take relative forms if they are not to fail because of an error in form. Freedom, to be viable, has to be sincere and complete. If a republic refuses to open its arms to all, and move ahead with all, it dies.

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„The problem of independence did not lie in a change of forms but in change of spirit.“

— José Martí
Context: 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, and the imported methods and ideas which have been retarding logical government because they are lacking in local realities. Thrown out of gear for three centuries by a power which denied men the right to use their reason, the continent disregarded or closed its ears to the unlettered throngs that helped bring it to redemption, and embarked on a government based on reason-a reason belonging to all for the common good, not the university brand of reason over the peasant brand. The problem of independence did not lie in a change of forms but in change of spirit.

„My poems are like a dagger
Sprouting flowers from the hilt;“

— José Martí
Context: My poems are like a dagger Sprouting flowers from the hilt; My poetry is like a fountain Sprinkling streams of coral water. V

„Man is a living duty, a depository of powers that he must not leave in a brute state.“

— José Martí
Context: Man is not an image engraved on a silver dollar, with covetous eyes, licking lips and a diamond pin on a silver dickey. Man is a living duty, a depository of powers that he must not leave in a brute state. Man is a wing.

„The spirit of a government must be that of the country. The form of a government must come from the makeup of the country.“

— José Martí
Context: 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. Our America (1891)

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