Hugo Chavez Best Quotes

Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías was a Venezuelan politician and the President of Venezuela from 1999 until his death in 2013. Enjoy Hugo Chavez’s best quotes below.

Hugo Chavez
“I’m a man with many defects. I love. I sing. I dream. I was born in the poor countryside. I was raised in the countryside, planting corn and selling sweets made by my grandmother. My children, my two daughters are with me and I want a better world for my grandchildren, for your grandchildren.”
“The left is back, and it’s the only path we have to get out of the spot to which the right has sunken us. Socialism builds and capitalism destroys.”
“The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there’s no dictatorship here.”
“Oil is a very valuable resource for life – electric heaters. We must have to transition ourselves to a post-oil era. And that’s what we must discuss: searching and developing new sources of energy. And that requires scientific research. That requires investment. And the developed countries must be the ones to assume this responsibility first.”
“There is no turning back.”
“I think developed countries – so-called developed countries – should reflect upon the way of living and the waste of energy.”
“I love Jesus Christ. I am a Christian… I cry when I see injustice, children dying of hunger.”
“We’re not perfect, but we do have democracy.”
“I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism.”
“I shook Obama’s hand and I said, ‘I want to be your friend.’ My hand is still outstretched. I am not Obama’s enemy, but it’s difficult not see imperialism in Washington. Those who don’t see it don’t want to see it, like the ostrich.”
“I think the United States and the secretary of State should be concerned about the poverty in this country – people without health insurance. The United States should stop being the empire and be concerned about other countries. You’ve got to be more worried about your own people.”
“Noam Chomsky has a book, which I read for the first time when I was in Spain, called ‘Fear of Democracy’. There is your answer. Fear of democracy. In Honduras, they had a sham democracy. It was run by elites, what was called a liberal democracy, but in reality was a false democracy.”
“I became a soldier, not because I had a military vocation initially, but because it was the only way that that young, poor-class child from the provinces could go to the center of the country: through baseball, which was my dream.”
“We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed a large part of the world.”
“I was a farm kid from the plains of South Venezuela, from a very poor family. I grew up in a palm tree house with an earthen floor.”
“We must reduce the emissions 100 percent. In Venezuela, the emissions are currently insignificant compared to the emissions of the developed countries.”
“Venezuelan interests are to be defended by Venezuela. The U.S. should defend the interests of the U.S. Where are the U.S. people, where are the intellectuals, who could put limits on their government?”
“Mutual respect! That’s what it takes to be friends.”
“Venezuela is a free country, and we will not be blackmailed by anyone. We will not accept being told what to do over Iran; we will not accept being anyone’s colony.”
“I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet.”
“An infernal machine that produces every minute an impressive amount of poor, 26 million poor in 10 years are 2.6 million per year of new poor, this is the road, well, the road to hell.”
“I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell.”
“No part of the human community can live entirely on its own planet, with its own laws of motion and cut off from the rest of humanity.”
“Convinced as I am and as I am from my government that the world needs a new moral architecture over all I believe that this should be the first topic to debate in our world of today, ethics, moral.”
“They do not walk in… the path of Christ.”
“Long live the Unity of Latin America.”
“Venezuela has changed forever.”
“What is the U.S. government looking for? And the elite governing this country? They’re looking for oil.”
“It’s a lie! I am not an anti-Semite. The World Jewish Congress supported me and said that I am not anti-Semitic.”
“We must reduce all the emissions that are destroying the planet. However, that requires a change in lifestyle, a change in the economic model: We must go from capitalism to socialism.”
“One of the greatest rebels, who I really admire: Christ. He was a rebel. He ended up being crucified. He was a great rebel. He rebelled against the established power that subjugated.”
“Our policy is to deepen the relations with all the countries in the world – monarchies, kingdoms, large powers – we want to respect all differences and have our relationships based on mutual respect.”
“We want to be brothers and sisters. We want respect and equality. Simon Bolivar, our father, said a balanced world – a universe – a balanced universe in order to have peace and development.”
“I remember. How many minutes do I have left President? About one, one minute.”
“I wish Obama would focus on governing the United States and would forget his country’s imperialist pretensions.”
“I am a President held prisoner, that I haven’t resigned and I will not resign.”
“I was an altar boy. My mother wanted me to be a priest. I am very Christian and Catholic. … I’m very faithful. I believe in God, in Jesus Christ.”
“Even socialist dictators have an interest in gorgeous supermodels.”
“The U.S. people have a major role to play to solve, to save this planet.”
“I’m a Christian. I want the world of justice and equality. This is the only way to achieve peace.”
“The problem is not the oil, but what they do with the oil. The United States is the biggest spender of oil and of all the planet resources.”
“This has been a great victory for the Venezuelan people.”
“Most governments in the United States in a hundred years have not respected the peoples of Latin America. They have sponsored coup d’etats, assassinations.”
“In the United States, the government is bailing out banks, intervening in the economy, yet in Latin America, the Right continues to talk about ‘free markets.’ It’s totally outdated; they don’t have arguments; they don’t have any sense.”
“I painted. I wanted to be a painter. I sang.”
“I wish we could begin a new period of normal relations with the government of the United States.”
“The world needs a true leader, an Obama that promotes peace and understanding in the world.”

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