…it is my duty to lead our people to the final goal of complete and absolute freedom, a Republic of Filipinos, by Filipinos, and for Filipinos alone and exclusively.
We need a symbol around which the Filipinos can rally, a symbol that means the totality of everything that is Filipino and everything that is great and dear to the hearts of Filipinos.
…make them feel that no stone is being left unturned to serve them and to solve their difficult problems.
We may succeed in other fields; but, without proper educational orientation— not necessarily discriminatory but nationalistic in the legitimate sense, without discarding the universality of human knowledge not only as an endowment and gift from Heaven but as a universal heritage of mankind, regardless of race or color, and without properly synchronizing our system of education with the needs, customs, and traditions of our people, we are going to fail.
…naniniwala ako na sa bayang ito’y hindi namamatay ni maaaring mamatay ang damdaming namalagi sa puso ng bawa’t isa sa inyo na nauukol sa dakilang mithi ng ating Tinubuang Lupa.
I hope that with your interest and cooperation and your concern for the welfare of our people, you will behave as scientists—overlooking material gain, devoting your lives time, and energy to the work of science, and thereby discover the much needed remedies for the sufferings of the great masses of our population.
It is our duty, therefore, ever to keep before our eyes the life and deeds of the greatest hero of our race and to prove that we are equal to the great dream that he had for us and to the great faith that he had in our capacity to contribute to the welfare of mankind.
The Republic of the Philippines is committed to the creation of a citizenry definitely in keeping with the pattern set by the personality of Jose Rizal.
Ipagpatuloy ninyo ang aming paglakad, huwag ninyong pabayaan ang pangarap ni Rizal, pagpilitan, bumalikat ng mga hirap upang makamtan ang kang kalayaang tunay, wagas at dalisay.
“It is our duty to tide the country over to better times, to give those who will come after us a chance to establish a Republic that is real—a Government of Filipinos and for Filipinos, without any interference on the part of any foreign power.”