In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.Robert Frost
Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios y Blanco (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830) was a South American revolutionary leader.
- A state too expensive in itself, or by virtue of its dependencies, ultimately falls into decay; its free government is transformed into a tyranny; it disregards the principles which it should preserve, and finally degenerates into despotism. The distinguishing characteristic of small republics is stability: the character of large republics is mutability.
- Letter from Jamaica (Summer 1815)
- 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.
- Letter from Jamaica (Summer 1815)
- Let us give to our republic a fourth power with authority over the youth, the hearts of men, public spirit, habits, and republican morality. Let us establish this Areopagus to watch over the education of the children, to supervise national education, to purify whatever may be corrupt in the republic, to denounce ingratitude, coldness in the country's service, egotism, sloth, idleness, and to pass judgment upon the first signs of corruption and pernicious example.
- Address to the Congress of Angostura (15 February 1819)
- Colombians! My last wish is for the happiness of the patria. If my death contributes to the end of partisanship and the consolidation of the Union, I shall lowered in peace into my grave.
- Final proclamation to the people of Colombia (8 December 1830), as quoted in Man of Glory : Simón Bolívar (1939) by Thomas Rourke
- Variant translations: If my death contributes to the end of the parties and the consolidation of the Union, I shall go quietly to my grave.
- Colombians! my last wishes are for the welfare of the fatherland. If my death contributes to the cessation of party strife, and to the consolidation of the Union, I shall descend in peace to the grave.
- 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.
- The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote . . . and me!
- Words reportedly said to his physician in his final days, but not his last words, as quoted in Our Lord Don Quixote : The Life of Don Quixote and Sancho, with Related Essays (1967) by Miguel de Unamuno, as translated by Anthony Kerrigan, p. 386
- Variant translations or versions:
- The three greatest fools (majaderos) of history have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote — and I!
- As quoted in Simón Bolívar and Spanish American Independence, 1783-1830 (1968) by John J. Johnson and Doris M. Ladd, p. 115
- The three greatest idiots in history, have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote, and myself.
- As quoted in Nineteenth-century Gallery : Portraits of Power and Rebellion (1970) by Stanley Edward Ayling, p. 122
- In the course of history, there have been three radicals: Jesus Christ, Don Quixote, and... me.
- The three biggest fools in the world have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote, and... me.
- Jesus Christ, Don Quixote and I: three greatest fools of history.
- We have sewn the sea — Jesus Christ, Don Quixote and me: the three great fools of history...
- I’ve been plowing in the sea. Jesus Christ, Don Quixote and I — the three great mavericks of history.
- All who have served the Revolution have plowed the sea.
- Statement written in his final days, as quoted in Simón Bolívar : A Story of Courage (1941) by Elizabeth Dey Jenkinson Waugh, p. 320; These are sometimes said to have been repeated many times while he was dying, and to be his last words.
- Variant translations or reports:
- America is ungovernable; those who served the revolution have plowed the sea.
- As quoted in Man, State, and Society in Latin American History (1972) by Sheldon B. Liss and Peggy K. Liss, p. 133
- Those who have served the cause of the revolution have plowed the sea.
- We have plowed the sea.
- I plowed furrows in the ocean.
- I have plowed the sea. Our America will fall into the hands of vulgar tyrants.
- Flee the country where a lone man holds all power: It is a nation of slaves.
- How will I ever get out of this labyrinth?
- Occasionally said to be his last words
- I swear before you; I swear on the God of my parents; I swear on them; I swear on my honor and I swear on my country that I shall not give rest to my arm nor respite to my soul until I have broken the chains that oppress us by the will of the Spanish power.
- If Nature is against us, we shall fight Nature, and make it obey.
- It is harder to maintain the balance of freedom than it is to endure the weight of tyranny.
- Legislators could certainly do with a school of morals.
- Morals and lights are our first necessities.
- The art of victory is learned in defeat.
- The freedom of the New World is the hope of the Universe.
- To do something right it must be done twice. The first time instructs the second.
- The United States seems destined by Providence to plague the American continent with misery in the name of liberty. (1829)
- The Ignorance the people live in leads them to commit mistakes against their own happiness
- Nations will march towards the apex of their greatness at the same pace as their education. Nations will soar if their education soars; they will regress if it regresses. Nations will fall and sink in darkness if education is corrupted or completely abandoned