God and the people are the source of all power. I have twice been given the power. I have taken it, and damn it, I will keep it forever.
Quoted in Elizabeth Abbott, Haiti: An insider's history of the rise and fall of the Duvaliers (1988), p. 112
Communism has established centres of infection... No area in the world is as vital to American security as the Caribbean...We need a massive injection of money to reset the country on its feet, and this injection can come only from our great, capable friend and neighbor the United States.François Duvalier
I accept the people's will. As a revolutionary, I have no right to disregard the will of the people.François Duvalier