29 Famous Quotes by Jose Mujica

Jose Mujica is a former president of Uruguay who is known for his progressive policies and humble lifestyle. Mujica, who was once a guerrilla fighter, became famous for his decision to donate most of his presidential salary to charity and live in a simple farmhouse outside of the capital. He was a champion of human rights and social justice, and his policies helped to reduce poverty and inequality in Uruguay. Mujica's life and work serve as a reminder of the importance of empathy, humility, and a commitment to serving others. (Jose Mujica Biography).

Jose Mujica Famous Quotes

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1. "Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more."

2. "I don't know whether I like this planet or not. But I have to accept it."

3. "I'll shout it if they want: Down with isms! Up with a Left that is capable of thinking outside the box! In other words, I am more than completely cured of simplifications, of dividing the world into good and evil, of thinking in black and white. I have repented!"

4. "I give myself the luxury of saying what I want."

5. "My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I'm the son of my history."

6. "The fight against the drug smuggling is lost worldwide."

7. "If we lived within our means - by being prudent - the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species."

8. "I'm just sick of the way things are. We're in an age in which we can't live without accepting the logic of the market. Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy... What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us."

9. "If you don't have many possessions, then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself."

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10. "When you have a lot of solitude, any living thing becomes a companion."

11. "The political climate during a campaign is not the best climate for reasonable debate."

12. "If I worried about pollsters, I wouldn't be president."

13. "There are those who believe that power is up above, and they don't notice that it's actually in the hearts of the great masses."

14. "I learned that one can always start again."

15. "I know prisons from the inside."

16. "The goatherds were the poorest people of Spain. Probably, they were the richest."

17. "There are people who say that you can't experiment... That condemns you to failure."

18. "The world will always need revolution. That doesn't mean shooting and violence. A revolution is when you change your thinking. Confucianism and Christianity were both revolutionary."

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19. "I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor."

20. "A lot of people like a lot of money. They shouldn't go into politics."

21. "I don't want to be an apologist for poverty, but I can't stand waste, useless spending, wasted energy and having to live squandering stuff."

22. "All my life I've been rowing against the tide. What can I do? It seems I was born that way."

23. "No addiction is good."

24. "Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet."

25. "The kids of today have to be better than us. We must strive to create tools adequate for human beings that come with other things that are, at least, different from those we used to have."

26. "My years in jail were a bit like a workshop for my - that actually forged my way of thinking and my values."

27. "I'm not the apocalypse nor the promised land."

28. "We can't avoid that our daily and intimate manner of speaking is sometimes rough."

29. "The world cries out for global rules that respect the achievements of science."

― Jose Mujica Quotes

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