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Hugo Chavez Quotes

Hugo Chavez
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  • Name: Hugo Rafael Chávez
  • Born: 28th July 1954, Sabaneta, Venezuela
  • Died: 5th March 2013, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Resting place: Cuartel de la Montaña, 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)
  • 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

"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"

Hugo Chavez

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

Hugo Chavez

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

Hugo Chavez

"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"

Hugo Chavez

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

Hugo Chavez

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

Hugo Chavez

"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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Hugo Chavez Biography

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 Simon Bolivar as influential in his education and Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, and Mao Zedong all inspirational in his political beliefs.

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. During his interment he claims to have worn his army uniform on every day of his imprisonment which gained him respect and a reputation as a revolutionary.

Chavez rose to become the 45th president of Venezuela and in free elections he held this office for four terms from 2nd February 1999 until 5th March 2013. 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. 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 this is my compilation of 15 of the best Hugo Chavez quotes.

Quotes About Hugo Chavez

U.S. President George W. Bush: "They mocked my appearance, my accent, and my religious beliefs. I was labeled a Nazi, a war criminal, and Satan himself. That last one came from a foreign leader, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez"

The Russian diplomat Vitaly Churkin was impressed to say: "He was a great politician for his country and for the world as a whole"

The film maker Oliver Stone described him thus: "I liked Chavez. He's very warm and very gracious. And he's a bear. I've always said that if he looked like Woody Allen he'd play a lot better with the world press. I think men are threatened by his physicality"

The political commentator David Sirota praised his economic miracle: "Chavez became the bugaboo of American politics because his full-throated advocacy of socialism and redistributionism... delivered some indisputably positive results. Indeed, as shown by some of the most significant indicators, Chavez racked up an economic record that a legacy-obsessed American president could only dream of achieving"

The economist Mark Weisbrot commented on his egalitarian reign: "Venezuela is recognized by many scholars to be more democratic than it was in the pre-Chávez era"

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