The Quotable Hugo Chavez

MARCH 9, 2013

“Remember, little girl, I’m like the thorn tree that flowers on the plain…. Don’t mess with me,

Condoleezza. Don’t mess with me, girl.”, in a Sunday broadcast after Secretary of State Rice said

 Venezuela was a menace to democracy, February 2006.


“If one day you ever get the crazy idea of invading Venezuela, I’ll be waiting for you on

this savanna.” , addressed to “Mr. Danger” (President Bush), while seated behind a desk in a

 field, with cows, on his weekly TV show “Alo Presidente,” 200


“And the Devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the Devil came here. Right here.

 . And it smells of sulphur still today.”, on President George W. Bush, at the U.N.

 September 2006.


“I hope this doesn’t harm Obama, but if I was from the United States, I’d vote for Obama. I think

 that if Obama was from Barlovento or some Caracas neighborhood, he’d vote for Chavez.”, on

 TV, prior to U.S. and Venezuelan presidential elections, September 2012.


“It would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived

 there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet.”, in a World Water Day speech, March



“Would it be so strange that they [the United States] have invented the technology to spread

 cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”, in a speech to the military, December


Great thanks to Susan Brenneman, Wes Bausmith, The Los Angeles Times.