Simón Bolívar, fully Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco

Bolívar, fully Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco

Caracas-born Venezuelan Military and Political Leader

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If Nature is opposed, we will fight her and make her obey us.

Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice.

That is why, at this historic moment, the Venezuelan people honor The Liberator, not only by calling themselves Bolivarian, but also by giving continuity to his anti-imperialist struggle for the integration and vindication of the peoples.

The great citizen, the first-born son of the New World.

The hate that the Iberian peninsula has inspired in us is broader than the sea which separates us from it; it is less difficult to join both continents than to join both countries' souls.

The poor indians are truly in a state of lamentable depression. I intend to help them all I can. First as a matter of humanity, second because it is their right and finally because doing good costs nothing and is worth much.

The real discoverer of South America was [Alexander von] Humboldt, since his work was more useful for our people than the work of all conquerors.

The sovereignty of the people is not unlimited, because it is based on justice and constrained by the concept of perfect utility? How can the representatives of the people think they are authorized constantly to change the social organization? What then will become the basis of rights, properties, honor and the life of citizens?

The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote . . . and me!

Those who have served the cause of the revolution have plowed the sea.

To achieve the victory has always been essential to move along the path of sacrifice.

For my enemies I have only forgiveness. If my death shall contribute to the cessation of factions and the consolidation of the Union, I can go tranquilly to my grave.

From the heroic to the ridiculous is but a step.

How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?

I have plowed the sea. Our America will fall into the hands of vulgar tyrants.

I have ruled for 20 years and from these I have gained only a few certainties: America is ungovernable, for us; Those who serve a revolution plough the sea; The only thing one can do in America is emigrate; This country will fall inevitably into the hands of the unbridled masses and then pass almost imperceptibly into the hands of petty tyrants, of all colours and races; Once we have been devoured by every crime and extinguished by utter ferocity, the Europeans will not even regard us as worth conquering; If it were possible for any part of the world to revert to primitive chaos, it would be America in its final hour.

I plowed furrows in the ocean.

If my death contributes to the ceasing of the parties and to the consolidation of the union, I shall go down in peace to my tomb.

Events?have proved that wholly representative institutions are not suited to our character, customs and present knowledge. In Caracas this led us back into slavery.

Fight, and you shall win. For God grants victory to perseverance.

First and foremost native soil. Our life is nothing but the heritage of our country.

Damn it! How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?

A republican government: that is what Venezuela?should have. Its principles should be the sovereignty of the people, division of powers, civil liberty, prohibition of slavery and the abolition of monarchy and privileges. We need equality to recast, so to speak, into a single whole, the classes of men, political opinions and political custom.

Legislators could certainly do with a school of morals.

War lives on despotism and is not waged with God's love.

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Caracas-born Venezuelan Military and Political Leader