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A collection of quotes and sayings by Salvador Allende on kindness, country, people, reality, academic, unity, government, progress, people, integrity, and belief.

19 Notable Quotes By Salvador Allende

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Famous As: Former President of Chile

Born On: June 26, 1908

Died On: September 11, 1973

Born In: Santiago, Chile

Died At Age: 65

Salvador Allende was a well-known Chilean physician and democratic socialist politician. From 1970 to 1973, he served as the President of Chile. He was the foremost Marxist to hold this position in a country with liberal democracy. He also served as the head of ‘Popular Unity’ political coalition government. He covered the posts of senator, deputy and cabinet minister in a political span of approximately four decades. We have compiled a list of noteworthy quotes and thoughts by Salvador Allende that are sure to inspire you and give you a glimpse of his political mind. Following is a collection of thought-provoking quotes and sayings by Salvador Allende which have been curated from his works, thoughts, public utterances, speeches, interviews, and life.

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This is an instrument in the hands of the people for fighting the fascist saboteurs, because the Chilean armed forces are a guarantee of constitutionality and integrity.

Salvador Allende

There can be leftist groups that have not matured politically.

Salvador Allende

People can progress only by working and producing more.

Salvador Allende

People can come and see me, and I have the pleasure of being able to talk to them.

Salvador Allende

Only an organized and conscious people can bring about a different kind of society.

Salvador Allende

It's much harder to bring about socialism through legal means, because there are so many possibilities for opposition.

Salvador Allende

If the U.S. is going to defend itself, why shouldn't we do the same? We only want to be treated equally, nothing more.

Salvador Allende

I was a minister in the Frente Popular (Popular Front) government, one of the three in Chile during the Pedro Aguirre Cerda years, and I was as much a Socialist then as I am today.

Salvador Allende

I still believe in what I believed in for 20 years as a Socialist in Parliament, and being a Socialist is not the same as being a utopian.

Salvador Allende

I have often said that it doesn't matter to me if a student tells me he is a leader of the left, unless he is a good student. We need good students.

Salvador Allende

I have always said to workers that they have to work hard, to produce more and better. In Chile, we need to achieve an average annual income of US$2,000, and to do that we need to increase production.

Salvador Allende

I can't spend my whole day talking to people.

Salvador Allende

First fulfill your academic obligations and then you will have the right to call yourself a leader of the left.

Salvador Allende

Every country has its own reality and its own leaders, and the leaders act in accordance with their reality.

Salvador Allende

Chile is a country that sells cheap and buys expensive, because we have to pay for manufactured goods from countries at much higher levels of development.

Salvador Allende

Fidel Castro is a man with a great sense of self-criticism and respect for his political friends. He is not going to give me instructions, and I am not the type of man who would take them. That's not to say that I don't approve of what is happening in Cuba, but he would never send me a letter telling me what to do or not to do.

Salvador Allende

I have been to Cuba many times. I have spoken many times with Fidel Castro and got to know Commander Ernesto Guevara well enough. I know Cuba's leaders and their struggle. It has been difficult to overcome the blockade. But the reality in Cuba is very different from that in Chile. Cuba came from a dictatorship, and I arrived at the presidency after being senator for 25 years.

Salvador Allende

I have experience and I am employing it in the service of a Chilean road for Chile's problems. We always take advantage of experience wherever it comes from, but adapting it to our reality. I am putting it to use in a Chilean way, for the problems of Chile. We are not anyone's mental colonists.

Salvador Allende

The Popular Unity government represented the first attempt anywhere to build a genuinely democratic transition to socialism - a socialism that, owing to its origins, might be guided not by authoritarian bureaucracy, but by democratic self-rule.

Salvador Allende