Emiliano Zapata
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Emiliano Zapata (Character)
from Viva Zapata! (1952)

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Viva Zapata! (1952)
Emiliano Zapata: Madero!
Pablo: Yes, you remember I read to you about him.
Emiliano Zapata: You promised to teach me to read.
Pablo: I will, I will.

Emiliano Zapata: A strong people is the only way to freedom!

Josefa: I don't speak for myself now, but if anything happens to you, what would become of the people? What would they have left?
Emiliano Zapata: Themselves.
Josefa: And all the fighting and the deaths... what has really changed?
Emiliano Zapata: They have really changed. That's how things really change - slowly - through people. They don't really need me anymore.
Josefa: They have to be led.
Emiliano Zapata: Yes, but by each other. A strong man makes a weal people. Strong people don't need a strong man.

Fernando: Where are you going?
Emiliano Zapata: I'm going home.
Fernando: So you're throwing it away! Leave tonight and your enemies will be here tomorrow in this room at that desk. They won't walk away. They'll hunt you down till you get your rest in the sun with the flies at your face. Leave now I promise you you won't live long.
Emiliano Zapata: I won't live long anyway.
Fernando: Zapata, in the name of all we fought for, don't go!
Emiliano Zapata: In the name of all we fought for, I'm going.
Fernando: I won't go with you.
Emiliano Zapata: I don't expect you to. Now I know you. No field... no home... no wife... no woman... no friends... no love. You only destroy... that is your love, and I will tell you what you will do now. You will go to Obregon or Caranza, and you will never change.

Emiliano Zapata: You people want honest politicians. There are none!

President Porfirio Diaz: These matters take time. You must be patient.
Emiliano Zapata: With your permission, my President, we make our tortillas with corn, not patience.