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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Emiliano Zapata on defiance, revolution, change, freedom, justice, fighting and slave.

13 Of Most Well-Known Quotes By Emiliano Zapata

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Famous As: Mexican Political figure

Born On: August 8, 1879

Died On: April 10, 1919

Born In: Anenecuilco, Mexico

Died At Age: 39

Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a Mexican revolutionary. He is credited for inspiring the Agrarian Agitation that came to be known as ‘Zapatismo’. Zapata was born in a noted family in Morelos, Mexico but his education was only limited to book-keeping and after growing up, he earned his living as a watermelon farmer and also dealt in mules and bricks. However, the peasant population in Mexico were routinely oppressed by the landowning classes which precipitated the Revolution of 1910 and Zapata became the leader of the faction in Morelos. However, before long, he became the prominent leader of the revolution when he united all the peasant leaders under ‘Liberation Army of the South’. Zapata became an extremely influential revolutionary and had even been successful in fighting against the forces sent by the Mexican government to oust him. He has left behind a rich legacy of dissent and revolutionary fervour that inspires Mexicans to this day. Zapata also proposed radical land reforms but that did not bear fruit and they have not been adopted by successive Mexican governments. He was a truly remarkable revolutionary leader and here are some of his famous quotes and sayings that will give you a glimpse into his mind. Following is a collection of thoughts and quotations by Emiliano Zapata which have been extracted from his ideas, writings, speeches, thoughts, work and life.
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It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.

Emiliano Zapata

I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees

Emiliano Zapata

I forgive those who murder and steal because they did it out of necessity, but a traitor never.

Emiliano Zapata

I want to die as a slave to principles, not to men.

Emiliano Zapata

It's better to die standing than live on your knees.

Emiliano Zapata

It’s better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!

Emiliano Zapata

I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.

Emiliano Zapata

I would rather die standing than live on my knees

Emiliano Zapata

It is better to die on your feet than to live a lifetime on your knees.

Emiliano Zapata

I would rather die on my feet then live on my knees

Emiliano Zapata

Stealing to forgive the killing, because maybe they do out of necessity, but the traitor ever

Emiliano Zapata

It is better to die fighting than to die on your knees.

Emiliano Zapata