Hugo Chavez Dies: His Greatest Quotes

By @Gooch700 on
Hugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez passed away Tuesday at age 58. Reuters

Former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who died from cancer in Caracas at the age of 58 on Tuesday, left behind a wealth of bizarre and often humorous quotes.

Here are a few of the commandante’s verbal gems:

"Cuba is a dictatorship." [during 1998 presidential run]

"I'm not the devil." [during 1998 presidential run]

"Yesterday the devil came here. Right here. And it smells of sulfur still today." [at UN in 2006, on George W. Bush]

“Marisabel, I'm giving you one tonight, get ready!" [to his wife, on Valentine’s Day 2000]

“Christopher Columbus was the spearhead of the biggest invasion and genocide ever seen in the history of humanity." [2003, on the discovery of the New World by Europeans]

"You are a fraud, Obama. ... Go and ask many people in Africa, who might have believed in you because of the color of your skin, because your father was from Africa. You are an Afro-descendant, but you are the shame of all those people." [on Barack Obama, 2011]

“Bombing the brave Libyan people to save them? What a brilliant strategy by the mad empire. Where are the international rights? This is like the caveman era." [on NATO's bombing campaign in Libya, 2011]

"You are an alcoholic, a drunk, a liar, an immoral person, Mr. Danger. You are the worst ... a psychologically sick man." [on George W. Bush]

"I chew coca leaves every morning, and look at me!" [on natural health benefits, 2008]

"Capitalism is the way of the devil and exploitation. If you really want to look at things through the eyes of Jesus Christ -- who I think was the first socialist -- only socialism can really create a genuine society." [on Christ's economic views, 2006]

"We go from summit to summit, while our people go from abyss to abyss." [2005, on the value of presidential summits]

"Israel criticizes Hitler a lot, so do we, but they've done something very similar, even worse, than what the Nazis did." [on Israel, during visit to Iran in 2006]

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