Thursday 13 – Quotes From President Cory Aquino

President Cory Aquino was the first woman president here in Asia. She led our country to its democracy after years of martial law. But I guess what really endeared her to the hearts of the Filipino people is that she remained detached from power, she was sincere and she had integrity.

The whole country is in mourning. Today, as a tribute to her, my list is about some of her famous quotations.

  • I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.
  • I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad.
  • I just do whatever it is that I believe I should do, regardless of the risks to my life.
  • As I came to power peacefully, so shall I keep it.
  • It wasn’t until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero.
  • I guess my religious faith sustained me more than anything else. Family is also very important. If I didn’t have children, it would have been too difficult. Even if you are strong, you still need people who would support you all the way.
  • I was very privileged and really blessed with so many material and spiritual gifts that I should give back, … I should do something for my people, but … it’s not just in politics that you can be a servant of the people, you can do it in so many other ways.
  • I am not an icon of democracy. You are all, collectively, the icon of democracy.
  • Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn’t be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.
  • Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.
  • One must be frank to be relevant.
  • we will get to the truth. That’s what we’re all asking for. We lost, probably yes, but we still need to band together.
  • I believe that during these times, we should not forget that many sacrificed to regain our democracy.
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Thank You, Tita Cory

I was about 10 years old when people power happened and her passing away today and all the videos that they are showing reminded me of what she did. She was so courageous. And in her last interview with Jessica Soho, she mentioned that she was glad that she stayed at home with her kids while her husband was so busy with politics then. She didn’t want to deny her kids of a mom and a dad….. Well, that alone was an encouragement to me.

Thank you, Tita Cory for sharing your life with us!