Brazil is in a solid position. In the past, if the United States sneezed, we caught pneumonia. Today, if the United States sneezes, we sneeze too.
Interview transcript: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in: Financial Times, July 7, 2006
A long time ago I learned not to put the blame for backwardness in Brazil on the US. We have to blame ourselves. Our backwardness is caused by an elite which for a century didn't think about the majority and subordinated itself to foreign interests.Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva
Look, my friend. I don't speak the language here, I've got no money, the food stinks, there's no rice, no beans. I'd rather be arrested in Brazil than stay in this dump of a country.Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva
I am the son of an illiterate father and mother.Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva
The foundation is in place, and now we have to get to work. "Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva
If the US is the country that most contributes with greenhouse gases, in the world, it should assume more responsibility to reduce emissionsLuiz Inácio Lula Da Silva
This is a crisis that was caused by people, white with blue eyes. And before the crisis they looked as if they knew everything about economics.Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva