We can not have equilibrium in this world with the current inequality and destruction of Mother Earth. Capitalism is what is causing this problem and it needs to end.

Natural disasters in Bolivia have been getting worse with the passage of time.

It's brought about by a system: the capitalist system, the unbridled industrialization of the resources of the Planet Earth.

The cost of pension reforms has been perhaps the biggest error committed in the process of modernizing Bolivia's economy.

Capitalism and the thirst for profit without limits of the capitalist system are destroying the planet...Climate change has placed all humankind before a great choice: to continue in the ways of capitalism and death, or to start down the path of harmony with nature and respect for life.

For me, being leftist means fighting against injustice and inequality but, most of all, we want to live well.

In Iraq, [American administration] said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction endangering mankind. With this pretext, the U.S. intervened militarily, and all they did is take control over oil fields, and oil wells.

Baldness that appears to be normal is a disease in Europe, almost all of them are bald, and that is because of the things they eat; while among the indigenous peoples there are no bald people, because we eat other things.

The fight against drug trafficking is a false pretext for the United States to install military bases.

I have a lot of trouble understanding all the detail of finance and administration - but if you combine intellectual and professional capacity with a social conscience, you can change things: countries, structures, economic models, colonial states.

Israel does not respect the principles or purposes of the United Nations charter nor the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

What unites Bolivia with Venezuela is the concept of the integration of South America. This is the old dream of a great fatherland, a dream that existed even before the Spanish conquest, and Simon Bolivar fought for it later on.

There are countries that send us garbage.

There are countries that send us their outdated technology as their cooperation. With Fidel [Castro] it is totally different. Fidel is the first and the best one to stand for peace in the world denouncing the interventionist policies of the U.S.

Bolivia historically made and still makes a living from natural resources.

Before it was tin, but also silver, gold, and other minerals were plundered by many foreign countries. Europe after the United States.

I am not accustomed to protocol.

Bolivia also depends not only on tin and other minerals, but also depends on the gas and oil. A rational extraction should be made, taking care of the environment. We should give added value to this natural resource, and generate revenue to fight poverty with more resources, that come from natural resources.

I have a lot of hope for the Constituent Assembly.

Chile needs Bolivian natural resources and Bolivia needs access to the sea.

Under those circumstances, it must be possible to find a solution in the interest of both countries.

When the United States was in control of counternarcotics, the US governments used drug trafficking for purely geopolitical purposes .... The US uses drug trafficking and terrorism for political control .... We have nationalised the fight against drug trafficking.

Lithium is like a beautiful lady, very much sought and pursued, especially in Bolivia. There is data indicating Bolivia has the largest reserves of lithium in the world.

The chicken that we eat is chock-full of feminine hormones.

So, when men eat these chickens, they deviate from themselves as men.

I don't debate with liars.

We are going forward with the idea of a multicultural , a multinational state, trying to live in unity, at the same time respecting our diversity...But we need to all come together so we can live united.

We want to govern with our indigenous ancestors' models: That means a different concept of participation, community work and honesty.

We Indians are Latin America's moral reserve.

We act according to a universal law that consists of three basic principles: do not steal, do not lie and do not be idle.

The capitalist system only allows us to heap up waste.

I would like to propose that the trillions of money earmarked for war should be channeled to make good the damage to the environment, to make reparations to the earth.

The United States is using its war on drugs as an excuse to expand its control over Latin America.

In Bolivia there are Catholic, Evangelical, Methodist, Baptist churches, and so on. In Bolivia there are indigenous religious beliefs like the rite of Pachamama Mother Earth, which shows us that Mother Earth is our life, we are born out of the Earth we live on the Earth and return to the Earth.

Unfortunately, in this Obama Government, we have charges of drug trafficking and terrorism. For Evo, it's drug trafficking. For Hugo, it's terrorism. Evo Morales, drug trafficking. Hugo Chavez, terrorism.

Direct access to sea is an essential part of foreign policy.

I don't mind being a permanent nightmare for the United States.

[In Bolivia] We want to overcome our historical problems with Chile.

The sea has divided us and the sea must bring us back together again.

Playing sports has always been my greatest pleasure.

I don't smoke, I hardly drink alcohol. Sports helped get me into the presidential palace. My first position in the union was that of sports secretary.

In this new millennium it is more important to defend the rights of the Mother Earth to guarantee human rights.

If we want to save our planet earth, we have a duty to put an end to the capitalist system.

Capitalism has only hurt Latin America.

Chavez's oil is unimportant for Bolivia.

.. We are not dependent on Venezuela. We complement each other. Venezuela shares its wealth with other countries, but that doesn't make us subordinate.

I am quite an admirer of Fidel [Castro].

For me, Fidel is the first and the best man in solidarity with the peoples of the world. Fidel shares not just what he does not need, but every little thing he has. That is called solidarity.

It is a democratic uprising. I'd say a democratic revolution against imperialism and against capitalism. So the agreements between us, more than that, any cooperation means unconditional credit, while the US and some capitalist countries want to help us under conditions, under blackmail.

The peoples of the Andes believe in the concept of 'living well' instead of wanting to 'live better' by consuming more, regardless of the cost to our neighbors and our environment.

With our goddess, the Pachamama, and it is not possible to continue having a monopoly of religious faith, only Catholic. We have therefore adopted the new constitution as a secular state where all religious beliefs will be respected.

I am Catholic but I want to say something to the Catholics.

Thank you for some of the bishops who live in rural areas, and are still Catholic. These bishops of the Catholic churches still pray for the poor, and pray for their president who works for the poor, while the leaders of the Catholic Church only defend oligarchy.

I'm much more convinced that the hierarchy comes from the monarchy, and that the hierarchy stays apart from the oligarchy. So the oligarchy is hurtful to the majority in Bolivia.

With Bolivia, I had hope that a discriminated African-American, with another discriminated indigenous peasant leader, I hoped that together we could work for justice and equality. Not only for just two countries, Bolivia and USA, but for equality around the world.

To talk only about national security, national defense, means to be selfish, ambitious. It is discrimination, isolation. "It is just me. What do I care about others?"

I don't accept armed struggle. Maybe it was the way in the '50s and '60s, but we want a democratic revolution.

Almost everyone is bald. And thats because of what they eat.

Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity.

Secret bank accounts are for laundering dirty money.

Heads of state at the UN should put an end them. That would be the best way of tracking down the drug traffickers.

Friends, we have now won....I say to Aymaras, Quechuas, Chiquitaos, and Guaranis: for the first time we are going to be presidents. And I want to say to businesses, intellectual professionals, and artists: do not abandon us.

The 21st of December marks the end of the time and the beginning of no-time