Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco (24 July 1783 – 17 December 1830), commonly known as SimónBolívar , was a Venezuelan military and political leader. Bolívar played a key role in Hispanic America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire, and is today considered one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas.
"1. Amerika läßt sich von uns nicht regieren. 2. Wer einer Revolution dient, pflügt im Meer. [...]" - Brief vom 9. November 1830 an General Juan José Flores. Zitiert bei Salvador de Madariaga: Bolivar. Aus der englischen Originalausgabe Hollis & Carter, 1952, ins Deutsche übertragen von Helmut Lindemann. DVA Stuttgart 1961. S. 523.
A state too expensive in itself, or by virtue of its dependencies, ultimately falls into decay; its free government is transformed into a tyranny; it disregards the principles which it should preserve, and finally degenerates into despotism. The distinguishing characteristic of small republics is stability: the character of large republics is mutability. - Letter from Jamaica (Summer 1815)