- Fatherland, socialism or death—I swear it.
New York Times (online edition) 11 January 2007 1954–2013 Venezuelan statesman: third inauguration speech, 10 January 2007, in
- Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.
Newsweek 24 August 1959 1901–92 German-born American actress and singer: in
- To the Europeans, South America is a man with a moustache, a guitar and a gun.
No One Writes to the Colonel (1961) 1927–2014 Colombian novelist:
- Night, snow, and sand make up the form
of my thin country,
all silence lies in its long line,
all foam flows from its marine beard,
all coal covers it with mysterious kisses.
1904–73 Chilean poet: ‘Discoverers of Chile’ (1950)
- Mexicans are descended from the Aztecs, Peruvians from the Incas and Argentinians from the ships.
Observer 16 June 1990 1914–98 Mexican poet and essayist: attributed, in
- I'm Charley's aunt from Brazil—where the nuts come from.
Charley's Aunt (1892) act 1 1856–1914 English dramatist: