"Llora el cielo, llora el mar; lloran los desiertos, lloran los manantiales del llano. Lloran los tambores y los tiples. Llora la Madre Tierra." - la Madre Patria
"At long last, we can stop pretending we liked him." - the American Left
"The enemy of my enemy... is insufferable." - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"I know how hard this musn't be for you." - Barack Obama extends his condolences to South American leaders
"There is no greater joy for a leader than to outlive his disciples."
"Two for one!" - John Kerry, on learning that a grief-stricken Oliver Stone has retired from filmmaking
"I wish we were still competent enough to pull
that kind of shit off in Latin America." - John Brennan on the possibility of
"He was truly overbearing." - Stephen Sackur
"I can finally order for myself when I go out to eat!" - Evo Morales
"Was he the new Bolívar?"
"Bolívar, no. Elvis, maybe."
- Charlie Rose, Mauricio Funes
"No, I don't think that Chavez's legacy poses any lasting challenges to, well, to anything, if only because it never really worked. If his highly centralized, strong-armed tactics had been wildly successful in really changing the country, perhaps there would be something to think about in terms of whether there's a viable alternative to democracy in popular mobilization behind progressive, redistributionary, pseudo-authoritarian regimes. Instead, Chavez's accomplishments were modest at best, at least compared to what might have been, and often merely symbolic, while elsewhere there were quite substantial reductions of freedom and basic failures to help the people that supported him. It makes you think, the whole idea of a philosopher-king just doesn't work because no one is really that competant." - Noam Chomsky
"I think he was just a powerful man doing what he thought was right by History." - George W. Bush
"He was better than nothing, but not better than Nothing."
- Subcommandante Marcos
"Can you hear that?"
- Juan Carlos I, Antonio Banderas
"Maduro doesn't need to steal home plate, the People will give it to him freely." - Danny Glover arguing with his third base coach, the ghost of Hugo of Chavez, Angels in the Outfield 4: Concrete Diamond
"Manifest Destiny!" - Néstor Kirchner, Pablo Neruda, and Simón Bolívar toasting in the really cool part of Hell