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José Martí

Date de naissance: 28. janvier 1853
Date de décès: 19. mai 1895

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José Julián Martí Pérez est un homme politique, philosophe, penseur, journaliste et un poète cubain. Il est le fondateur du Parti révolutionnaire cubain . Il est considéré à Cuba comme un héros national, le plus grand martyr et l'apôtre de la lutte pour l'indépendance. Le régime communiste mis en place par Fidel Castro se réclame officiellement de sa pensée. Après Rubén Darío, il est un des représentants les plus célèbres du mouvement moderniste.

Célèbre et honoré dans son pays, connu dans les milieux progressistes et littéraires de l'Amérique latine au même titre que Bolivar, Sucre, ou Miranda, il demeure peu connu ailleurs.

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Citations José Martí

„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

„In night's darkness I've seen
raining down on my head
pure flames, flashing rays
of beauty divine.“

— José Martí
Context: I come from all places and to all places I go: I am art among the arts and mountain among mountains. I know the strange names of flowers and herbs and of fatal deceptions and magnificent griefs. In night's darkness I've seen raining down on my head pure flames, flashing rays of beauty divine. I (Yo soy un hombre sincero) as translated by Esther Allen in José Martí : Selected Writings (2002), p. 273

„Love is the bond between men, the way to teach and the center of the world.“

— José Martí
Context: There is happiness in duty, although it may not seem so. To fulfill one's duty elevates the soul to a state of constant sweetness. Love is the bond between men, the way to teach and the center of the world.

„A nation that neglects either of these forces perishes. They must be steered together, like a pair of carriage horses.“

— José Martí
Context: Fortunately, there is a sane equilibrium in the character of nations, as there is in that of men. The force of passion is balanced by the force of interest. An insatiable appetite for glory leads to sacrifice and death, but innate instinct leads to self-preservation and life. A nation that neglects either of these forces perishes. They must be steered together, like a pair of carriage horses.

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

— José Martí
Context: To busy oneself with what is futile when one can do something useful, to attend to what is simple when one has the mettle to attempt what is difficult, is to strip talent of its dignity. It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing.

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„Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever.“

— José Martí
Context: Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever. Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.

„Action is the dignity of greatness.“

— José Martí
Context: Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever. Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate. Action is the dignity of greatness.

„In truth, men speak too much of danger.“

— José Martí
Context: In truth, men speak too much of danger. Let others be terrified by the natural and healthy risks of life! We shall not be frightened! Poison sumac grows in a hard-working man's field, the serpent hisses from its hidden den, and the owl's eye shines in the belfry, but the sun goes on lighting the sky, and truth continues marching across the earth unscathed.

„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.“

— José Martí
Context: 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. He who seeks it elsewhere will not find it for, having drunk from all the glasses of life, he will find satisfaction only in those.

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„Barricades of ideas are worth more than barricades of stones.“

— José Martí
Context: Barricades of ideas are worth more than barricades of stones. There is no prow that can cut through a cloudbank of ideas. A powerful idea, waved before the world at the proper time, can stop a squadron of iron-clad ships, like the mystical flag of the Last judgement.

„One must have faith in the best in men and distrust the worst. One must allow the best to be shown so that it reveals and prevails over the worst.“

— José Martí
Context: One must have faith in the best in men and distrust the worst. One must allow the best to be shown so that it reveals and prevails over the worst. Nations should have a pillory for whoever stirs up useless hate, and another for whoever fails to tell them the truth in time.

„Men have no special rights simply because they belong to one race or another. When you say "men," you have already imbued them with all their rights.“

— José Martí
Context: "Racist" is a confusing word, and it should be clarified. Men have no special rights simply because they belong to one race or another. When you say "men," you have already imbued them with all their rights. Variant translation: Men have no special right because they belong to one race or another: the word man defines all rights.

„There must be a certain amount of decorum in the world, just as there must be a certain amount of light.“

— José Martí
Context: There are men who live contented though they live without decorum. Others suffer as if in agony when they see around them people living without decorum. There must be a certain amount of decorum in the world, just as there must be a certain amount of light. When there are many men without decorum, there are always others who themselves possess the decorum of many men. These are the ones who rebel with terrible strength against those who rob nations of their liberty, which is to rob men of their decorum. Embodied in those men are thousands of men, a whole people, human dignity.

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