Simon Bolivar came from a wealthy land owning and military family and received a coveted education in Europe where at the age of 19 he met his wife to be María Teresa Rodríguez. After they married they returned to South America and set up home in Caracas but after just eight months of marriage he was devastated when she succumbed to yellow fever and died, Simon vowed to never marry again and he kept his word. Married at 18 and widowed at 19 he was depressed and left for Europe to find a purpose for his life. He met with geographer Alexander Von Humboldt who informed him that South America was ripe for liberty and all it lacked was a leader. Simon also had meetings with his former educator and mentor Simon Carreno who had already instilled the merits of liberty, enlightenment, and freedom in him and his discussions gave Bolivar the focus he needed to decide he would fight for the independence of his homeland. It was while with Carreno on Palatine Hill in ancient Rome that Simon Bolivar swore an oath that quoted him as saying: "On my honour, I will never find rest until the Spanish chains are broken in Venezuela". He meant every word and he returned to South America with renewed vigour and a determined meaning to win his struggle for independence from the Spanish colonialists. Today Simon Bolivar is regarded as a South American hero who managed to wrestle control of an area equivalent in size to Europe from a then world super power. To get an idea of the size of the geographical area he liberated you just have to look at the modern day countries of Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana and Venezuela, as you can imagine to achieve this was staggeringly extraordinary. He was the first president of Gran Colombia where he held the reins of power from 24th February 1819 until his death in 1830. Due to ideological and political differences Gran Colombia broke up into separate successor states 1 year after his passing. History recognises him as one of the bravest and most successful revolutionaries of all time and he is forever remembered in the hearts and minds of all South Americans. As a soldier, leader and a statesman whose speeches carried such an impactful influence and meaning he was never short of an inspired word or two, so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Simon Bolivar quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Simon Bolivar
- Born: 24th July 1783, Caracas, Captaincy General of Venezuela, Spanish Empire
- Died: 17th December 1830, Santa Marta, Gran Colombia
- Alma mater: Milicias de Aragua
- Occupation: Soldier, revolutionary, politician and president
- Full name: Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios Ponte y Blanco
- Nickname: El Libertador
- Family background: He came from one of the wealthiest families in South America and the through the independence movement which he led his family lost most of their wealth
- Legacy: When Bolivia was named after him he became one of the few men in history to have a country named after them
- Constitution: In 1826 whilst in Lima, he wrote the Bolivian Constitution which introduced a fourfold separation the presidency, the judiciary, the congress and the electoral body
- Trivia: In the fight for independence he actively fought on the field in more than 100 battles and survived many assassination attempts but somewhat surprisingly was never on the receiving end of any significant wounds, it's like liberating much of South America was his destiny
- Quotes about Simon Bolivar: Haitian president Alexander Petion who twice armed Bolivar said this of him: “You failed, it happens in life to the better men. Something tells me that this time around you will succeed”
- Guyana politician Odeen Ishmael said of him: "He deserves glory for being a visionary and for taking the decisive giant step to win and influence political independence for so many nations in South America"
- Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez was quoted as saying about him: "I'm far from comparing myself with our father Bolivar. I'm a microscopic soldier next to the giant"
"When tyranny becomes law, rebellion is a right"
"To do something right it must be done twice. The first time instructs the second"
"We have been ruled more by deceit than by force, and we have been degraded more by vice than by superstition"
"The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty"
"It is harder to maintain the balance of freedom than it is to endure the weight of tyranny"
"They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice"
"The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote . . . and me"
"An ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction"
"Good morals, and not force are the pillars of the law"
"A people that loves freedom will in the end be free"
"All who have served the Revolution have ploughed the sea"
"The freedom of the New World is the hope of the universe"
"The art of victory is learned in defeat"
"God grants victory to perseverance"
"Slavery is the daughter of darkness"
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