Quotes from The Fathers of The Country

Left: Matías Ramón Mella, center: Juan Pablo Duarte, right: Francisco del Rosario Sánchez

The whites, the blacks, the indigenous and the mixed;

Marching serenely, united and daring;

Lets save our nation from horrible tyrants;

And lets show the world that we are all brothers.

– Juan Pablo Duarte

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My liberty consist of taking the best that life has to offer to all and to defend it with my life.

– Matías Ramón Mella

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Tell the Dominicans that I’m willing to die for our country and tell my family not to avenge my death.

– Francisco del Rosario Sánchez

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While the traitors of our country are not dealt with as they should,

the real and good Dominicans always will be victims of their actions.

– Juan Pablo Duarte

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Tell everybody that I’m the national flag, the national flag!

-Francisco del Rosario Sánchez

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There is no time to retreat.

We shall be free or die in the intent,

that is our reality.

¡Long live the Dominican Republic! 

– Matías Ramón Mella

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I admire the Haitian people as I see how they are victorious and free themselves from the horrible condition of slaves to create a free and independent country. I recognize that they possess two virtues: the love of liberty and the love of courage. But the Dominicans that so many times have given their life in an attempt to make us free, is their sacrifices simply to subject ourselves to our oppressors? No more humiliation! No more shame! If the Spaniards have their monarchy, France is its own country, even the Haitians have created their own Haitian Republic; why should we Dominicans be subjected to the rule of France, of Spain, of Haiti without thinking of creating our own country like all the other peoples? No, a thousand times no! No more domination! Long live the Dominican Republic!

– Juan Pablo Duarte