Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (born October 27, 1945) is a Brazilian former trade union leader and politician, who served as President of Brazil from 1 January 2003 to 1 January 2011.


  • 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.
    • Lula da Silva (1975), Cited in: Emir Sader, ‎Ken Silverstein (1991) Without Fear of Being Happy. p. 41
    • After being advised to stay in the United States when his brother was arrested in Brazil as a communist subversive.
  • I am the son of an illiterate father and mother.
    • In: Speech, August 2005, published at
  • The foundation is in place, and now we have to get to work. "
  • 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.
  • I want to know if the people are in the shit and I want to take the people out of the shit in which they are." – during a speech in São Luís, the capital of the Brazilian state of Maranhão. After recognizing he cursed, he stated: "Of course I cursed. Tomorrow, commentators of the major newspapers will say that Lula cursed, but I'm aware that they curse more than I do everyday, and I'm aware of how the poor people of this country live.

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