Simon Bolivar

(Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios Ponte y Blanco)

Simon Bolivar
Simon Bolivar
  • Born: July 24, 1783
  • Died: December 17, 1830
  • Nationality: Venezuelan
  • Profession: Revolutionary









Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios Ponte y Blanco, generally known as Simón Bolívar and also colloquially as El Libertador, was a Venezuelan military and political leader who absolved from the Spanish Empire what are currently the states of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama.

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Pablo Morillo y Morillo; Marques de La Puerta The seditious Bolivar has occupied Santa Fe, and the fateful result of that battle has placed at his disposition the whole kingdom and the immense resources of a very populated country, rich and abundant from which he will plunder what he needs to continue the war in these provinces because the insurgents have no rules or inhibitions
Pablo Morillo y Morillo; Marques de La Puerta Nothing can compare with the untiring activity of that leader. His fearlessness and his talents entitle him to his place at the head of the revolution and of the war; but he possesses as well, from his noble Spanish strain and his education, also Spanish, qualities of elegance and generosity which elevate him far above all who surround him. He is the revolution...Bolivar is an indominatable soul whom a single victory of the smallest nature is enough to make master of five hundred leagues of territory.
Jose Bernardo Torre Tagle The tyrant Bolivar and his indecent supporters ought to annex Peru, and place this rich country under the control of Columbia, but he has made a mistake. The Spaniards are the only alternative who can avert our ruin.
Jose A. Paez Simon Bolivar belongs to the band of modern men whose equals are to be found only when we reach back to republican times of Greece and Rome... In the midst of people who had no more tradition than the respect for an authority sanctioned by the acquiescence of three centuries of ignorance, superstition, and fanaticism, nor any political dogma but submission to an order of things supported by might and force, Bolivar succeeded in defying that power
Anonymous El Libertador
Pablo Neruda The Liberator [Simon Bolivar] arises every time the people regain consciousness,.
Ilan Stevans During [Simon] Bolivar’s own lifetime, his role changed dramatically, as Bolivar transformed from an anti-colonial populist to a dictator.
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... Monarches who call themselves presidents. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
… a model of political virtues and moral enlightenment unique in the history of mankind. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
16,000,000 Americans either defend their rights or suffer repression at the hands of Spain, which, although once the world's greatest empire, is now too weak, with what little is left her, to rule the new hemisphere or even to maintain herself in the old. And shall Europe, the civilized, the merchant, the lover of liberty allow an aged serpent, bent only on satisfying its venomous rage, devour the fairest part of our globe? What! Is Europe deaf to the clamor of her own interests? Has she no eyes to see justice? Freedom & Liberty
A few [South American territories] will constitute themselves as conventional federal republics; almost inevitably the larger territories will establish monarchies, some so wretched that they will devour their natural and human resources in present and future revolutions. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A man without education is an incomplete being. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Agitated by revolutionary movements, these grow in proportion to the force that resists them. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
All of America is steeped in American blood, It was necessary to wash out so ingrained a stain, It is the first time this unhappy continent, always a land of desolation but not of freedom, dresses in honour...for freedom, I say the earth has been sown with arms – that earth which only a little time ago suffered the war of slaves War & Peace ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
America is ungovernable. He who serves a revolution ploughs the sea. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Among the popular and representative systems of government I do not approve of the federal system: it is too perfect; and it requires virtues and political talents much superior to our own. Democracies & Republics
As this war has for its first and chief aim to destroy in Venezuela the accursed race of European Spaniards, they must be debarred from joining the revolutionary forces, however patriotic and sound they may seem, since not a single one must remain alive. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Caracas no longer exists, but its ashes, its monuments, the land it stood on, have remained glowing with liberty and covered with the glory of martyrdom. This comfort compensates for all the losses. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Colombians! I will not speak to you of freedom, because if I keep my promises, you will be more than free. You will be respected…. Besides in a dictatorship who can speak of freedom. Human Nature ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Columbians prefer to descend to the eternal abysses rather than be Spaniards. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Democracy, which has flourished even in the polluted soil of Europe, would certainly thrive in the virgin soil of America. Here there is no real element of aristocracy, nothing but a sorry caricature. There are not then, my dear general, elements of monarchy in this land of God. Let a republic be formed here and dignity will grow in men... A monarchy established here would be of short duration, for an idea, once implanted in the people, is impossible to extinguish; and the idea of democracy has been firmly rooted here during twelve years of glorious struggle Democracies & Republics
Do not adopt the best system of government, but the one most likely to succeed. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
England is a place where people were born to rule and be free. Freedom & Liberty
Europe itself, by policy, should have prepared and carried out plans for South American independence; not only because it is necessary for the proper balance of the world, but because it is a legitimate and safe means for obtaining commercial bases on this side of the ocean. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Every Spaniard who does not conspire with the most active and effective means possible against the tyranny in favour of our just cause will be held as an enemy and a traitor to the fatherland; and in consequence will be inexorably put to the knife. On the other hand, an absolute and general indulgence will be granted to those who pass to our army with or without their arms...Spaniards who render conspicuous service to the State will be treated as Americans...Spaniards and men of the Canary Islands, if you are lukewarm and do not work actively for America’s freedom, you may be certain of death. Americans, even if you have done wrong, you may be certain of life. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Fearing that I am regarded as an obstacle to establishing the Republic on a firm base of happiness, I remove myself from the high office to which you were good enough to elevate me... My one desire has been to contribute to your liberty... The Republic will be happy if, accepting my resignation, you name a president beloved of all the nation... Hear my prayers. Save the Republic. Save my glory, which is Columbia’s. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Federalism, though it may be the most perfect [system] and the most capable of bringing happiness to human society, is nevertheless the most detrimental to the interests of our infant countries. Generally speaking our citizens are not yet able to exercise their rights fully and for themselves, because they lack the political virtues that charecterise true republics Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Generous souls always interest themselves in the fate of a people who strive to recover the rights to which the Creator and Nature have entitled them, and one must indeed be wedded to error and passion not to harbor this noble sentiment Freedom & Liberty
How beautiful it would be if the Isthmus of Panama should come to be to us what the Isthmus of Corinth was to the Greeks! May God grant that some day we may have the happiness of installing there an august congress of the representatives of the republics, kingdoms and empires, to discuss and study the high interests of peace and war with nations of other three parts of the world! United Nations
I advise you not to meddle in political affairs nor to either support or oppose any party…. A woman should be neutral in public matters. Her family and domestic duties are her first obligations. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I am about to die, God calls me... I have scarcely strength enough to support the last days that remain of my miserable life... I see no salvation for the country. I believe everything is lost forever. If there were a single sacrifice I could make - my life, my happiness or my honour – believe me, I would not hesitate; but I am convinced the sacrifice would be useless. Since I am unable to secure the happiness of my country, I refuse to rule it. Further, the tyrants have taken my native land from me and therefore I have no longer any country for which to make a sacrifice Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
I am overwhelmed by confusion and trepidation…. I have no talent for making laws Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am the father of the Centuries, the mysterious repository of fame; and the unknown Eternity was my mother; Infinity marks the borders of my realm; no sepulcher will ever hold me, for I am mightier than Death; my vision scans the past and the future, and through my hands the presence flows. Leaders & Leadership
I have arrived at only a few sure conclusions: 1. For us, (South) America is ungovernable. 2. He who serves a revolution ploughs the sea. 3. The only thing we can do in (South) America is emigrate. 4. This country will eventually fall into the hands of the unbridled mob, and will proceed to almost imperceptible petty tyrannies of all complexions and races. 5. Devoured as we are by every kind of crime and annhilated by ferocity Europeans will not go to the trouble of conquering us. 6. If it were possible for any part of the world to revert to primordial chaos, that would be (South) America’s final state. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
In order to evaluate revolutions and revolutionaries, one needs to observe them close up but judge the them at a distance. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In republics the executive must be strongest because everything conspires against it, while in monarchies the legislature must be strongest, because everything conspires in favour of the monarch Leaders & Leadership
In ten years of struggle and travail that beggar description, in ten years of suffering almost beyond human endurance, we have witnessed the indifference with which all Europe and even our brothers of the north have remained but passive spectators to our anguish. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Instead of contributing to the restoration of liberty they enlist of their own free will under the flag of the Spanish tyrants and most actively co-operate to our destruction Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is essential that a government mold itself … to the nature of the circumstances, the times, and the men that comprise it. If these factors are prosperity and peace, the government should be mild and protecting; but if they are turbulence and disaster, it should be stern and arm itself with a firmness that matches its dangers, without regard for laws or constitutions until happiness and peace have been reestablished. Miscellaneous
It is impossible to say with any certainty to which human race we belong. We all differ visibly in the color of our skin. Citizenship & Patriotism
It is praiseworthy, it is noble and sublime, to avenge Nature when it has been outraged by tyranny. Nothing can compare with the greatness of such action and, even if desolation and death are the reward of such a glorious endeavor, there is no reason to condemn it, for it is not the easily attainable that should be undertaken, but that which justice demands that we do. Justice & Injustice
It was a sane, humane, and politic treaty which put an end to that horrible butchery of slaying the conquered, of giving no quarter to prisoners of war – Spanish barbarism that the patriots were forced to adopt themselves in reprisal, that had pushed back civilization, made the soil of Columbia an abode of cannibals and soaked it with innocent blood until all humanity shuddered, It was an advantage to us, fatal to the Spaniards. Their forces could only diminish; mine, augment and organize. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Let us hasten to break the chains of those victims who groan in their dungeons, awaiting salvation at your hands! Do not abuse their confidence! Do not turn a deaf ear to the lamentations of your brothers! Let us fly quickly to avenge the dead, to give life to the dying, freedom to the oppressed and liberty to all! Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Merging the entire region into a single nation with a single unifying principle is both grandiose and impractical. States. Nations & Nationhood
My spirit is so defeated that I do not feel strong enough to command a single soldier. My presumptuousness made me believe that my desire to achieve and my ardent zeal for the fatherland would supply the talents I lacked to command Military & Veterans
Nearly a million persons formerly dwelt in Venezuela, and it is no exaggeration to say that one out of four has succumbed either to the land, sword, hunger, plague, flight, or privation, all consequences of the war Miscellaneous
One less of such monsters in existence is one less who has slaughtered or would slaughter hundreds of victims War & Peace
Our hatred shall be implacable and the war shall be to the death. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Our vengeance shall rival Spanish ferocity. Our goodwill is at last exhausted; and, since our oppressors compel us to mortal warfare, they shall disappear from America and our land shall be purged of the monsters that infest it. Our hate shall be inexorable and our war shall be to the death. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Popular elections by country rustics and intriguing city-dwellers are one more obstacle to the practice of federation among us; because the former are so ignorant that they cast their votes mechanically, and the latter so ambitious that they convert everything into factions; therefore in Venezuela there has never been a free and just vote Voters, Voting & Elections
Pure representative government is not suitable to our character, customs, and present conditions...So long as our compatriots do not develop the talents and political virtues which distinguish our brothers of the north (The United States) the entire popular system, far from being suitable to our conditions, may, I fear, be our ruin. Democracies & Republics
Respecto Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Slavery is the negation of all law, and any law which would perpetuate it would be a sacrilege. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Soldiers, you are going to finish the greatest task which heaven can charge to a man: to save a whole world from slavery... Soldiers, Peru and the whole of America are waiting for you to deliver peace, the child of victory. Even free Europe looks upon you with favor: for the freedom of the New World is the life of the universe. War & Peace
States are slaves because of either the nature or the misuse of their constitutions; a people is therefore enslaved when the government, by its nature or its vices, infringes on and usurps the rights of the citizen or subject. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Success will crown our efforts, because the destiny of America has been irrevocably decided; the tie that bound her to Spain has been severed. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Supreme Leader Slogans & Mottoes ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
That (The United States) has continued to exist and prosper, that it has not been overthrown at the first sign of danger. In spite of the fact that this people is a singular model of political virtue and moral enlightenment, that liberty has been its cradle, that it has been reared in and fed upon pure liberty, it is a marvel that a system so weak and complicated as the federal has been able to endure...I has never even remotely entered my mind to consider a parallel between the positions and natures as distinct as the Anglo- and Hispano-American Democracies & Republics
The Americans, in the Spanish system now in place, perhaps more so than ever before, have no other place in society than that of simple consumers; even in this they are burdened with shocking restrictions, such as a ban on the cultivation of European fruit, with control of these products monopolised by the king, a prohibition on factories which not even the peninsula possesses, exclusive commercial privileges even over basic needs, and customs bans between American provinces so that they cannot trade, understand each other or negotiate Foreign Trade
The hatred that the Peninsula has inspired in us is greater than the ocean between us. It would be easier to have the two continents meet than to reconcile the spirits of the two countries. The habit of obedience; a community of interest, of understanding, of religion; mutual goodwill; a tender regard for the birthplace and good name of our forefathers; in short, all that gave rise to our hopes, came to us from Spain Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The laws were framed by certain well-meaning visionaries who, building republics in the air, have tried to reach political perfection on the assumption that humanity is perfect. So we have had philosophers instead of leaders, philanthropy instead of legislation, dialectic instead of tactics, and sophists instead of soldiers. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The President of the Republic in our constitution will be like the sun which, firmly in the centre, gives life to the universe. The supreme authority must be permanent because in non-hereditary systems one needs, more than in others, a fixed point around which circle the magistrates and citizens, men and things. For a people to be free it must have a strong government which possesses sufficient means to free them from popular anarchy and the abuse of the powerful Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The role of the inhabitants of the American hemisphere has for centuries been purely passive. Politically they were nonexistent. We are still in a position lower than slavery, and therefore it is more difficult for us to rise to the enjoyment of freedom. States. Nations & Nationhood
The Spaniards have served us with rapine and death. They have violated the sacred rights of human beings, violated capitulations and the most solemn treaties; committed, in fact, every crime. They have reduced the Republic of Venezuela to the most frightful desolation. Thus, then, justice demands vengeance and necessity obliges us to take it Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The state of slavery in which the people find themselves must be done away with; as must the fact that they were beneath the yoke not only of the mayors of the parish priests but of the two or three magnates in each parish. In the cities it was the same, with the difference that there are many more masters because there are many more clerics and doctors Freedom & Liberty
The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This Diversity of origins requires an infinitely firm guide, an infinitely delicate touch to manage this heterogeneous society, whose complex composition becomes destroyed, divided and dissolved with the slightest alteration. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We have ploughed the sea. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
We need to make ourselves deaf to the clamor of the whole world, because war feeds on despotism and is not fought for love of God War & Peace
Without delay and without exception, you will put to the sword every Spaniard in dungeon or hospital … Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
You can have no idea of the spirit which animates our military officers. They are no longer the men you knew. They are men who have fought for years and believe themselves superior; and yet they are humiliated and impoverished, with no hope of enjoying the fruits of the work of their lances. They are often resolute llaneros, ignorant men who think themselves superior to those of greater accomplishments. Even I, who have always been at their head, cannot say of what they might be capable. I treat them with the greatest consideration, but it doesn’t seem to inspire them with the spirit which ought to exist among comrades and fellow citizens. Believe me... we are over a volcano about to erupt. I fear peace even more than I fear war. Military & Veterans
You may judge for yourselves, without partiality, whether I have not sacrificed my life, my being, every minute of my time in order to make a nation of you. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.