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Top 15 F. Sionil José Quotes (2023 Update)

F. Sionil José Quote: “We write from life and call it literature, and literature lives because we are in it.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “When I wake up every morning, I thank God for the new day.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “I write to please myself – of course, that is a given. But beyond this reach for pleasure, I know that I write for my countrymen, that they may be lifted from apathy and ignorance. I write because of a compulsion to make something out of the nothing that is my own life.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “Of course, we are all egoists. Egoism is so much a part of our humanity.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “You will find that our enemies are our own kin. It is they who betray us. So learn this most important lesson-in the end, our worst enemy is ourselves.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “No man stops caring as long as he breathes. As long as he has a mind and memory, he will care. This is what separates us from the animals. We have feelings.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “We are shallow because we are mayabang, ego driven, and do not have the humility to understand that we are only human, much too human to mistake knowledge for wisdom.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “Time will come that all that we love, we will eventually lose, and all that we hate we will eventually face.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “In the ’50s, I was traveling alone all over Mindanao, Basilan, all the way to Tawi-Tawi with just a camera and a notebook. I always stayed in the houses of Moros.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has began to brighten the landscape.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “I do not want to be bored listening to music that is muffled and known only to the poet himself.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “Life is always sad. That’s what makes suicide so tempting because life is all that we really have and haven’t. Death makes us equals, too, because the foul and the good all die. The past, the present, and the future-what escape is there from these? None-and yet sometimes we are life’s happy victims.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “Our appreciation of folk art will strengthen our identities, our pride in belonging to a community. People trained in the creative use of their hands soon acquire skills, excellent craftsmanship which will be the most important measure of how well we can industrialize.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “The Japanese bureaucracy is unique. It is also very powerful, although it is now the object of so much criticism. Many of Japans brightest made it a pillar of strength and continuity.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “A virtuoso performance. Scott Thompson’s biography of the soldier statesman Fidel V. Ramos illustrates the fascinating and complex geography of Filipino politics and its relation with the American hegemon. It’s first-rate scholarship and equally first-rate writing.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “Perhaps, this is what love has always been, whether it is for a woman of for a cause – the readiness to give and not ask for anything in return, the unquestioning willingness to lose everything, even if that loss is as something as precious as life itself.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “Just because you have so much to give does not mean that they’ll all be accepted. There’s more to giving than just giving.”
F. Sionil José Quote: “I wish I could be honest and true, but truth as I see it is not something abstract, a pious generality – It is justice at work, righteous, demanding, disciplined, sincere and unswerving; otherwise, it is not, it cannot be truth at all.”
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