Corazon Aquino 1933 - 2009

“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.”

“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.”

“I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.”

“I just do whatever it is that I believe I should do, regardless of the risks to my life.”

“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.”

“The media's power is frail. Without the people's support, it can be shut off with the ease of turning a light switch.”

“I know my limitations, and I don't like politics. I was only involved because of my husband.”

“As I came to power peacefully, so shall I keep it.”

“One must be frank to be relevant.”

“It's very simple, I just tell my sad story, and people weep.”

“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 don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen.”

“Freedom of expression - in particular, freedom of the press - guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.”

“National leaders who find themselves wilting under the withering criticisms by members of the media, would do well not to take such criticism personally but to regard the media as their allies in keeping the government clean and honest, its services”

“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.”

“It is true you cannot eat freedom and you cannot power machinery with democracy. But then neither can political prisoners turn on the light in the cells of a dictatorship.”

“It is not I who have been consigned to the bedroom of history.”

“As our country bled . . . its leader's wife came to this podium piously to call for a new human order, this when thousands of Filipinos were political prisoners.”

“The nation was awakened by that deafening shot.”

“You have spent many lives and much treasure to bring freedom to many lands that were reluctant to receive it. And here you have a people who won it by themselves and need only the help to preserve it.”

“You, the foreign media, have been the companion of my people in its long and painful journey to freedom.”

“Maybe this is one way of telling them how much it means not only to me but to all of us who love our democracy and who are searching for the truth.”

“I know I will receive a lot of criticism for this but I will do what I think is right for our country,”

“My biggest disappointment was, of course, the coup attempts, ... The economy was proceeding very well, but in 1989 we had the most serious coup attempt and ... many of the investors who were set to come here had to tell me that they chose to go to other countries because of the uncertainty brought about by (the coup attempt.) If that had not happened, I'm sure our economy would just be booming today ...”

“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.”

“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.”

“I believe that during these times, we should not forget that many sacrificed to regain our democracy. We cannot just keep quiet because that is what happened during martial law. Our dictator then believed that he can do anything to keep himself in power.”

“I am not embarrassed to tell you that I believe in miracles.”

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