Top 102 Hugo Chavez Quotes

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“The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there’s no dictatorship here.”

― Hugo Chavez

“There is no turning back.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The government of the United States doesn’t want peace. It wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war. It wants peace, but what’s happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon? Palestine? What’s happening? What’s happened over the last hundred years in Latin America and in the world?”

― Hugo Chavez

“Mutual respect! That’s what it takes to be friends.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I even believed in a third way; I thought it was possible to put a human face on capitalism. But I was wrong. The only way to save the world is through socialism, but a socialism that exists within a democracy; there’s no dictatorship here.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“If we reduced the military expenses in 10 percent of the world, we would have enough money to save millions of lives in this world.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I am convinced that the path to a new, better and possible world is not capitalism, the path is socialism.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Give me your crown, Jesus. Give me your cross, your thorns, so that I may bleed. But give me life, because I have more to do for this country and these people.”

― Hugo Chavez

“It makes one sad to see the sell-out of President Fox; really, it makes one sad. How sad that the president of a people like the Mexicans lets himself become the puppy dog of the empire.”

― 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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I believe in God, in Jesus Christ. I love Jesus Christ. I am a Christian… I cry when I see injustice, children dying of hunger.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“When we were children, we were told that we have a motherland, and that motherland was Spain. However, we have discovered later, in our lives, that as a matter of fact, we have several motherlands. And one of the greatest motherlands of all is, no doubt, Africa.”

― Hugo Chavez

“We’re not perfect, but we do have democracy.”

― Hugo Chavez

“We must confront the privileged elite who have destroyed a large part of the world.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Simon Bolivar, when history led him – and as Karl Marx said, men can make history, but only as far as history allows us to do so – when history took Bolivar and made him the leader of the independence process in Venezuela, he made that process revolutionary.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The president of the United States of North America, George W. Bush, the little gentleman of the North, the political cadaver that is visiting South America, that little gentleman is the president of all the history of the United States, and in the history of the United States, he has the lowest level of approval in his own country.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I love Jesus Christ. I am a Christian… I cry when I see injustice, children dying of hunger.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I am a President held prisoner, that I haven’t resigned and I will not resign.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Our voice is an independent voice to represent the dignity and the search for peace and the reformulation of the international system; to denounce persecution and aggression of hegemonistic forces on the planet. This is how Venezuela has presented itself. Bolivar’s home has sought a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Simon Bolivar turned over all of his land. He freed all of his slaves, and he turned them into soldiers, and he brought them here. He brought them to Peru and Carabobo, and he worked together with the troops of San Martin to liberate this continent. That is Simon Bolivar.”

― Hugo Chavez

“We must be aware of consumerism! That’s our tendency. It’s the capitalistic curse that we were poisoned with. We should spend only what is necessary. How do you call the big cars, the latest ones? Hummer! Not a single dollar to import Hummers! What is that? What is that? What kind of revolution is this? One of Hummers? No way!”

― Hugo Chavez

“I don’t care about the internal political system of the United States. I want to be a friend of United States, of its baseball, its institutions, its rock and roll, its workers, and its technology because we need it. I want to be friends of the Arab people, of the Persian people, of the Asian people.”

― Hugo Chavez

“They do not walk in… the path of Christ.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Venezuela has changed forever.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I remember. How many minutes do I have left President? About one, one minute.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I painted. I wanted to be a painter. I sang.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“What is the U.S. government looking for? And the elite governing this country? They’re looking for oil.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Don’t be shameless, Mr Blair. Don’t be immoral, Mr Blair. You are one of those who have no morals. You are not one who has the right to criticise anyone about the rules of the international community.”

― Hugo Chavez

“As Chomsky says here, clearly and in depth, the American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated.”

― Hugo Chavez

“There is film of the Americans landing on the moon. Does that mean the moon shot really happened? In the film, the Yanqui flag is flying straight out. So, is there wind on the moon?”

― Hugo Chavez

“Aristotle might not recognize it, or others who are at the root of democracy. What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?”

― Hugo Chavez

“Racism is very characteristic of imperialism. Racism is very characteristic of capitalism.”

― Hugo Chavez

“This has been a great victory for the Venezuelan people.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Long live the Unity of Latin America.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I wish Obama would focus on governing the United States and would forget his country’s imperialist pretensions.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I think developed countries – so-called developed countries – should reflect upon the way of living and the waste of energy.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The U.S. people have a major role to play to solve, to save this planet.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The world needs a true leader, an Obama that promotes peace and understanding in the world.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Even socialist dictators have an interest in gorgeous supermodels.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I’m a Christian. I want the world of justice and equality. This is the only way to achieve peace.”

― Hugo Chavez

“We must reduce the emissions 100 percent. In Venezuela, the emissions are currently insignificant compared to the emissions of the developed countries.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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?”

― Hugo Chavez

“I wish we could begin a new period of normal relations with the government of the United States.”

― Hugo Chavez

“It’s a lie! I am not an anti-Semite. The World Jewish Congress supported me and said that I am not anti-Semitic.”

― Hugo Chavez

“My father and my mother were both teachers. They inculcated to us the importance of studies.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I’ve been in revolt for years against ignominy, against injustice, against inequality, against immorality, against the exploitation of human beings.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Capitalism is destroying the world.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Dr. Insulza is quite an idiot, a true idiot. The insipid Dr. Insulza should resign from the secretariat of the OAS for daring to play that role.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I’m not loved by Hillary Clinton… and I don’t love her either.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Venezuela, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, is a full member of Mercosur. And many other Latin American countries, CARICOM, Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela. The Arab League, the full Arab League has voiced its support.”

― Hugo Chavez

“There’s been an open attack by the U.S. government, an immoral attack, to try and prevent Venezuela from being freely elected to a post in the Security Council. The imperium is afraid of truth, is afraid of independent voices. It calls us extremists, but they are the extremists.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The immoral veto of the United States allowed the Israelis, with impunity, to destroy Lebanon. Right in front of all of us as we stood there watching, a resolution in the council was prevented.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The U.N. system, born after the Second World War, collapsed. It’s worthless.”

― Hugo Chavez

“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.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Venezuela has the largest oil reserve, and Venezuela has to defend itself.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Venezuela is supporting tens of thousands of poor families in the United States with heating oil.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The U.S. only has 20 billion barrels of oil in reserve. It seems as though there is no more oil around. Venezuela has 300 billion barrels of oil in reserves. Iraq has, like, 150 billion barrels of oil. Iran, close to 300 billion barrels of reserve. Oil for 200 years, of course.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I’ve learned to appreciate the thinking of John Kennedy.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Artists are never wrong when they paint revolution with the beautiful dress and with the sword. On the horse or by foot. Because revolution is a woman.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I was born in the poor countryside. I was raised in the countryside, planting corn and selling sweets made by my grandmother.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I was an altar boy. My mother wanted me to be a priest. I am very Christian and Catholic… I’m very faithful.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The ‘Alliance for Progress’ was a political proposal to improve conditions. It was aimed at lowering the social difference between cultures.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Kennedy was the driving force of reform in America.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Castro has been a teacher for me. A master. Not on ideology but on strategy.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Fidel is a Marxist-Leninist. I am not. Fidel is an atheist. I am not. One day, we discussed God and Christ. I told Castro, I am a Christian. I believe in the Social Gospels of Christ. He doesn’t. Just doesn’t. More than once, Castro told me that Venezuela is not Cuba, and we are not in the 1960s.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I neglected my health, and I was reluctant to have medical check-ups. It was a fundamental mistake for a revolutionary, to the Venezuelan people and the international public opinion.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I’m going to show the world that I’m not a tyrant, much less a devil.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I don’t know anything about Osama Bin Laden that doesn’t come to me through the filter of the West and its propaganda.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The United States was born with an imperialist impulse. There has been a long confrontation between Monroe and Bolivar… It is necessary that the Monroe Doctrine be broken.”

― Hugo Chavez

“What a thing, Europe. Europe! The cultured Europe! We are the barbarians, the Indians, the blacks, the southerners. How cynical is Europe. Chavez the tyrant! Chavez the strongman! Chavez, who wants to stay forever. While there, they have kings, my friend!”

― Hugo Chavez

“The media has for us a fundamental priority because it is a weapon for the ideological struggle and a weapon to express to the people the hope that we all have.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Raul Reyes was a good revolutionary. I knew him personally.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I will be very sad and worried if the imperialist government was calling me a great democratic man.”

― Hugo Chavez

“In my opinion, Obama can become one of the biggest frustrations in the history for many people, not for me, but for the people of the United States that voted for him and saw him as a symbol of hope for change.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The United States is the biggest spender of oil and of all the planet resources. Oil is a very valuable resource for life – electric heaters. We must have to transition ourselves to a post-oil era.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I have to leave the government in the year 2012. I have to go.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Simon Bolivar is the leader of the revolution of this land. He is the leader of the social revolution, the people’s revolution, the historical revolution.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The imperialists see extremists everywhere. It’s not that we are extremists. It’s that the world is waking up. It’s waking up all over, and people are standing up.”

― Hugo Chavez

“The capitalist model, the developed model, the consumer model which comes from the North, which it has forced on the world, is falling apart on Earth, and there is no planet nearby that we can emigrate to.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Terrorists bombard complete cities, such as Fallujah, Baghdad, innocent women and children.”

― Hugo Chavez

“There is no doubt whatsoever that the U.S. government, lead by Mr. Bush, planned and participated in a coup d’etat in Venezuela in April, 2002.”

― Hugo Chavez
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