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.Simón Bolívar
The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.Simón Bolívar
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 be lowered in peace into my grave.Simón Bolívar
The three greatest fools of History have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote . . . and me!Simón Bolívar
The three greatest idiots in history, have been Jesus Christ, Don Quixote, and myself.Simón Bolívar
Damn it, how will I ever get out of this labyrinth?Simón Bolívar
All who have served the Revolution have plowed the sea.Simón Bolívar
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.Simón Bolívar
The United States seems destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.Simón Bolívar
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