Noli Me Tangere

Noli Me Tangere


José Rizal

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The mayor of San Diego is a conservative man who is devoted to religion. The mayor allows himself to be manipulated by the church, thinking himself a pious man. As such, anybody accused of heresy finds himself or herself not only held in contempt by the church, but by the government, too. Don Filipo, the deputy mayor, resents the mayor for blindly following the friars’ orders.

The Mayor Quotes in Noli Me Tangere

The Noli Me Tangere quotes below are all either spoken by The Mayor or refer to The Mayor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Noli Me Tangere published in 2006.
Chapter 4 Quotes

To be a heretic anywhere is a great disgrace, especially at that time, when the mayor made a great show of his religious devotion and prayed in the church with his servants and said the rosary in a great loud voice, perhaps so that everyone could hear him and pray with him. But to be a subversive is worse than being a heretic and killing three tax collectors who know how to read, write, and sign their names. Everyone deserted him. His papers and books were confiscated. They accused him of subscribing to the Overseas Mail, of reading the Madrid newspapers, of having sent you to German Switzerland, of having been in possession of letters and a portrait of a condemned priest, and who knows what else! They found accusations in everything, even of his wearing a peninsular-style shirt. If he had been anyone other than your father, he would have been set free almost immediately, especially since a doctor had attributed the death of the unfortunate tax collector to a blockage. But because of his wealth, his confidence in justice, and his hatred of anything that was not legal or just, they ruined him.

Page Number: 28
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Chapter 25 Quotes

“Because sane people,” he went on with a bitter irony, “will think you are crazy, too. People believe that madness is when you don’t think as they do, which is why they take me for a madman. And I’m grateful for that, because, well, the day on which they restore my reason is the day they deprive me of the small bit of freedom I’ve purchased at the price of a reputation as a sane person. And who knows if they are right? I neither think nor live according to their laws. My principles, my ideals, are different. Among them the mayor enjoys a reputation as a sane individual, since he has not learned anything more than how to serve chocolate and suffer Father Dámaso’s ill humor.”

Page Number: 162
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Chapter 35 Quotes

“But, gentlemen,” the mayor interrupted. “What can we do? What can the town do? Whatever happens, the friars are always right!”

“They are always right because we always let them be right,” Don Filipo answered with impatience, emphasizing the word “always.” “Let us be in the right for a change and then let’s talk!”

The mayor scratched his head and, looking at the ceiling, replied sourly, “Ay, the heat of blood! It seems like we don’t even know what country we’re in; we don’t even know our own countrymen. The friars are rich and united, and we are divided and poor. Sure, try to defend him and you’ll see how everyone will abandon you to your task.”

“Sure,” Don Filipo exclaimed bitterly, “it will always happen if you think that way, while fear and restraint are synonymous. Everyone pays more attention to something bad rather than to a needed good thing. Suddenly it’s all fear and lack of trust. Everyone thinks about himself, and no one about other people. That’s why we’re so weak!”

Page Number: 233
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The Mayor Character Timeline in Noli Me Tangere

The timeline below shows where the character The Mayor appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14: Tasio, Madman or Philosopher
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...philosophy rather than religion, which is uncommon in town. Near the church, he comes upon the mayor and playfully chastises him for installing a new bell tower, saying that this extravagant addition... (full context)
Chapter 20: The Meeting at City Hall
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...never seeing eye to eye. Don Filipo, the deputy mayor, complains to his friends about the mayor , who’s older and more conservative. The meeting they’re about to have is in regards... (full context)
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...Filipo successfully tricked the conservative old men into approving a reasonable budget for the fiesta, the mayor speaks up and says that the proposal won’t go through because the priest wants something... (full context)
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...Don Filipo make their way home together. On their way, Tasio bemoans the fact that the mayor —Don Filipo’s boss—is a slave to the priest. (full context)
Chapter 29: Morning
Colonialism, Religion, and Power Theme Icon on celebrations. Tasio urges Filipo to resign from his post as deputy mayor because the mayor is controlled too much by Father Salví. Meanwhile, the church fills up for the festival’s... (full context)
Chapter 34: The Banquet
Colonialism, Religion, and Power Theme Icon the table, each one announcing the same news to the governor, the ensign, and the mayor . Again, the friars are insulted by having been excluded. (full context)
Chapter 35: Comments
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Isolation Theme Icon particular hopes to do what he can to shield Ibarra from public harm, but the mayor steps in and says, “What can we do? What can the town do? Whatever happens,... (full context)
Chapter 37: His Excellency
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...young man, warning him to be more careful. When Ibarra leaves, the Captain General summons the mayor and tells him to help Ibarra reach his “patriotic goals” and to make sure the... (full context)
Chapter 38: The Procession
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...Ibarra is disgusted by the vigor these officers apply to the task, and he asks the mayor if “they hand out these blows as punishment for one’s sins or merely because they... (full context)
Chapter 40: Right and Might
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At the theater that night, Don Filipo tells Tasio that the mayor hasn’t accepted his resignation, instead suggesting that they postpone discussing the matter until after the... (full context)
Chapter 53: Il Buon Dí Si Conosce Da Mattina
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...Tasio, who has fallen gravely ill. Tasio criticizes him for having tendered his resignation to the mayor , saying that now that the young man is fighting against the Civil Guard, it’s... (full context)
Chapter 57: Vae Victis
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...delighted to witness the interrogation and torture of the prisoners. The court—which includes the ensign, the mayor , and Father Salví—brings out Társilo for questioning. He says that Ibarra never contacted him... (full context)