Augusto Pinochet

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Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
Henry Miller
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Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (November 25 1915December 10 2006) was a general and de facto head of state of Chile. He led a military junta to power in 1973 through a coup d'état, deposing the elected Socialist president Salvador Allende and establishing a military dictatorship.


As de facto head of state

  • The country is safe, because we count with a good intelligence service. (September 1974)[1]
  • I will die. The person who succeeds me will also have to die. But elections, you won't have. (June 17, 1975)[2]
  • If senator Kennedy is elected President of the United States, the government of Chile will take appropriate measures. (September 11, 1979)[3]
  • Not a single leaf moves in this country if I'm not the one moving it. I want that to be clear! (October 1981)[4]
  • I devaluated the peso only looking at the poor. (June 29, 1982)[5]
  • This is not a 'dictadura,' but a 'dictablanda.' (September 1983, a play on the Spanish word for dictatorship, dura means tough, blanda means soft)[6]
  • My face is sour. Maybe that's why they say I'm a dictator. (April 24, 1986)[7]
  • My library is full with UN condemnations. (December 26, 1986)[8]
  • Nation is to make Chile a country or proprietors, not proletarians. (April 24, 1987)[9]
  • I'm looking at them from above, because God put me there. (July 1987)[10]
  • We practically wiped this nation clean of Marxists. (February 23, 1988)[11]
  • The rich people are the ones making money and you have to treat them well so they continue making more money. (May 26, 1988)[12]
  • Don't forget that in the history of the world, there was a plebiscite, in which Christ and Barabbas were being judged, and the people chose Barabbas. (October 25, 1988) [13]
  • I'm not someone who usually sends out threats. I warn only once. The day they touch one of my men, the rule of law is over. (April 17, 1989)[14]

As army commander-in-chief

  • What a wonderful space-saving measure! (September 1991, following the discovery of coffins containing two or three bodies at Patio 29)[15]
  • Who are we going to forgive? The ones who tried to killed us? The ones who tried to destroy the Fatherland? (September 11, 1994)[16]
  • The only solution to the issue of human rights is oblivion. (September 21, 1995)[17]
  • Rome cut the heads of Christians but they continued to reappear. Something similar occurs with Marxists. (November 10, 1995)[18]
  • Had I been a dictator, I would still be governing. (December 31, 1995)[19]

As senator for life

  • I was only an aspiring dictator. I was never a real dictator. (November 1998, during detention in London)[20]


  • Two-thousand is nothing. (July 1994, while comparing the population of Chile to the number of disappeared during his regime)
  • Tell my friends to get me out of here. (October 27, 1998, nine days after being arrested in London)
  • I don't remember, but it's not true. It's not true, and If it were true, I don't remember. (November 16, 2005, in response to the question of whether he as president was head of DINA)