Some people love money and get into politics. If they love money so much, they should get into commerce, industry, or do whatever they want - it's no sin. But politics is for serving the people.

— Jose Mujica

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This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself.


To live in accordance with how one thinks.

Be yourself and don't try to impose your criteria on the rest. I don't expect others to live like me. I want to respect people's freedom, but I defend my freedom. And that comes with the courage to say what you think, even if sometimes others don't share those views.


We can almost recycle everything now.

If we lived within our means, by being prudent, the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species.


I'm not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live. My lifestyle is a consequence of my wounds. I'm the son of my history. There have been years when I would have been happy just to have a mattress.


I'm not the poorest president. The poorest is the one who needs a lot to live.


Businesses just want to increase their profits;

it's up to the government to make sure they distribute enough of those profits so workers have the money to buy the goods they produce. It's no mystery - the less poverty, the more commerce. The most important investment we can make is in human resources.


A president is a high-level official who is elected to carry out a function.

He is not a king, not a god. He is not the witch doctor of a tribe who knows everything. He is a civil servant. I think the ideal way of living is to live like the vast majority of people whom we attempt to serve and represent.


Between madness and sanity, there is a shifting boundary.

It is impossible to explain. Time slows down and you have to try to fill it. You don't have anything but solitude.


In life you can fall down 1000 times but the point is to have the willingness to stand up and to start again.


The way the banks behave is frankly unbearable.

I didn't rob for me. I expropriated resources for a struggle. If I had robbed for myself that would be different.


Worse that drugs is drug trafficking.

Much worse. Drugs are a disease, and I don't think that there are good drugs or that marijuana is good. Nor cigarettes. No addiction is good. I include alcohol. The only good addiction is love. Forget everything else.


I have a way of life that I don't change just because I am a president.

I earn more than I need, even if it's not enough for others. For me, it is no sacrifice, it's a duty.


About Jose Mujica

Quotes 33 sayings
Profession President of Uruguay
Birthday May 20, 1935

We applied a very simple principle: Recognize the facts.

Abortion is old as the world. Gay marriage, please - it's older than the world. We had Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, please. To say it's modern, come on, it's older than we are. It's an objective reality that it exists. For us, not legalizing it would be to torture people needlessly.


Does this planet have enough resources so seven or eight billion can have the same level of consumption and waste that today is seen in rich societies? It is this level of hyper-consumption that is harming our planet.


It seems that we have been born only to consume and to consume, and when we can no longer consume, we have a feeling of frustration, and we suffer from poverty, and we are auto-marginalized.


We have sacrificed the old immaterial gods, and now we are occupying the temple of the Market-God. He organizes our economy, our politics, our habits, our lives, and even provides us with rates and credit cards and gives us the appearance of happiness.


But we think as people and countries, not as a species.


What's sad is that an 80-year-old grandpa has to be the open-minded one.

Old people aren't old because of their age, but because of what's in their heads. They are horrified at this, but they aren't horrified at what's happening in the streets?


Help does not mean to intervene. I will not meddle if I am not invited to do so. But if I can serve as a go-between with my experience, I will support the government's call for dialogue with the rebel forces who also have their problems, who also have their fears. I think all us Latin Americans have to help.


I think the ideal way of living is to live like the vast majority of people whom we attempt to serve and represent.


I was no assassin. I got out during the amnesty because I had not committed any violent crimes.


From afar, it seems like a war without a solution and like a long sacrifice for the entire country. So when a president appears who tries to open a path to peace, I think that deserves support, because there is a lot of pain, and if they try to settle scores, the war will never end. But there is an opportunity. I would feel selfish if I did not help in any way.


I never killed anyone because it wasn't necessary. I could have killed.


Uruguay is a country which has grown from immigration, people from all over. That is our origin.


What was my great sin? To have revealed the private property of the bank - well if this is being a criminal, then maybe I'm a great criminal.


I can live well with what I have.I'm called 'the poorest president', but I don't feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more.


There are people who say that you can't experiment... That condemns you to failure.


I may appear to be an eccentric old man... But this is a free choice.


No country can solve climate change alone, we have to take global measures.


My definition of poor are those who need too much.

Because those who need too much are never satisfied.


As soon as politicians start climbing up the ladder, they suddenly become kings.

I don't know how it works, but what I do know is that republics came to the world to make sure that no one is more than anyone else. The pomp of office is like something left over from a feudal past: "You need a palace, red carpet, a lot of people behind you saying, 'Yes, sir.' I think all of that is awful."


If I asked people to live as I live, they would kill me.