Pancho Villa was the revolutionary leader who was either loved or hated depending on which way the wind blew the Mexican allegiances vying for power during a turbulent period in the country's history. In truth he was loved by the poor people who Villa was prepared to die for. The author Richard Grant was quoted as saying this about him; "Hated by thousands and loved by millions", and it was a fair assessment. After the revolution in which he fought and won many battles Mexico was entangled in power struggles and then civil war. He rose again defeating armies in Northern Mexico and reallocating land to the poor and deserving. In 1920 Adolfo De la Huerta became interim president and wanted a peaceful Mexico so he offered Pancho a deal to retire and because he could also take care of his men he agreed. Controversial stories followed Pancho Villa throughout his life and even his death was surrounded by controversy as he was assassinated in 1923 in the town of Parral, Chihuahua. Many rumours surfaced about who was responsible for his death but the most likely outcome was it was a politically motivated killing by the then incumbent president Alvaro Obregon he feared he might stand against him in the next election. Although not educated when he spoke his words had meaning for millions of his fellow countrymen, so here is my compilation of 7 of the best Pancho Villa quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: José Doroteo Arango Arámbula
- Born: 5th June 1878, San Juan del Rio, Durango, Mexico
- Died: 20th July 1923, Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
- Occupation: Bandit, soldier and revolutionary
- Nickname: Pancho Villa and El Centauro del Norte (The Centaur of the North)
- Military rank: General
- Prominent positions held: División del Norte and Governor of Chihuahua (1913-1914)
- Assassination: He was gunned down in cold blood as he was taking his car for a drive in the town of Parral in 1923
- Folklore: He is portrayed as a Robin Hood character who stole from the rich and gave to the poor
- In the media: The newspaper USA Today called him; "A terrorist in 1916, a tourist attraction in 2011"
- Trivia: At the age of 16 he killed the man who was responsible for raping his sister which led him to flee into the mountains and so the story of The Centaur Of The North started to unfold
- Quotes about Pancho Villa: President Woodrow Wilson called him; "a sort of Robin Hood who had spent an eventful life robbing the rich in order to give to the poor. He had even at some point kept a butcher's shop for the purpose of distributing to the poor the proceeds of his innumerable cattle raids"
"I am not an educated man. I never had an opportunity to learn anything except how to fight"
"The country must be governed by someone who really loves his people and his land, who shares wealth and progress. I have all that, only that I am ignorant"
"I, Pancho Villa, was a loyal man that destiny brought the world to fight for the good of the poor and that I will never betray nor forget my duty"
"My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her..... If I could bring that about today by giving up my life, I would do it gladly"
"You, sir , have destroyed the revolution. It's simple: this bunch of dandies have made a fool of you, and this will eventually cost us our necks, yours included"
"Men will not forget that Pancho Villa was loyal to the cause of the people"
"Don't let it end like this. Tell them I said something"