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Hugo Chavez Quotes


Hugo Chavez Hugo Chavez was born into an educated family living in the rural town of Sabaneta in Barinas state where the main source of income derives from sugar production. He was fascinated by history and intensively studied the military and revolutionary annals of South America citing Ezequiel Zamora and Simón Bolívar as influential in his education. It was the poverty of Venezuela that pushed him to succeed in political office and even a 2 year imprisonment for leading a failed coup d'état could do nothing to curtail his political ambition. Chavez rose to become the 62nd president of Venezuela and in free elections he held this office for 3 terms. His somewhat controversial opinions often embroiled him in rows with western political leaders and as is so often the case created some brilliant one liners, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Hugo Chavez quotes. I hope you enjoy them.
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Hugo Rafael Chávez
  • Born: 28th July 1954, Sabaneta, Venezuela
  • Died: 5th March 2013, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Alma mater: Venezuelan Academy of Military Sciences
  • Military rank: Lieutenant colonel
  • Occupation: Soldier, politician and president
  • Political party: Fifth Republic Movement (1997–2007) and United Socialist Party (2007–2013)
  • Presidential reign: He was the 62nd Venezuelan president and he held office from 2nd February 1999 – 5th March 2013
  • Recognition: Chavez ranked as Time magazines top 100 most influential people during 2005 and 2006. This was mostly due to his anti capitalist stance and his speeches denouncing globalisation
  • Nickname: El Commandante
  • Trade mark: He liked to wear military fatigues topped off with a red beret to complete his look of the revolutionary leader
  • Trivia: Following a failed 1992 coup d'état that he led Chavez was jailed for two years in a Venezuelan jail where he claims to have worn his army uniform on every day of his imprisonment

"We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed a large part of the world"

Hugo Chavez

"Even socialist dictators have an interest in gorgeous supermodels"

Hugo Chavez

"When imperialism feels weak, it resorts to brute force. The attacks on Venezuela are a sign of weakness, ideological weakness"

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"The path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism"

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"The grand destroyer of the world, and the greatest threat … is represented by U.S. imperialism"

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"Let the dogs of the empire bark, that's their job; Ours is to battle to achieve the true liberation of our people"

Hugo Chavez

"I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet"

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"The Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulphur still today"

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"Fascists are not human. A snake is more human"

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"I'm not loved by Hillary Clinton... and I don't love her either"

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"Hate against me has a lot to do with racism. Because of my big mouth and curly hair"

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"What hurts me most is poverty, and that's what led me to become a rebel"

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"If the climate were a bank, they would already have saved it"

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"We're not perfect, but we do have democracy"

Hugo Chavez

"I think Hitler would be like a suckling baby next to George W. Bush"

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