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José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (born 4 August, 1960) is the President of the Government (Prime Minister) of Spain. The party he leads, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE), won the general election on March 14, 2004 and a subsequent victory in 2008.
Born: August 4th, 1960
Quotes: 40 sourced quotes total
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"I don't want to be a great leader. I would rather be a good democrat."
"You can be completely opposed to an ideological position, and I'm certainly not close to Aznar's ideas, however he was elected by the Spanish people and I demand that respect."
"The Spain of today looks at the Second Republic with great appreciation and above all with satisfaction and pride for what we have been able to do in this constitutional age".
"I'm going to give you a peaceful Basque Country"
"During the next legislature, we will aim for full employment in Spain."
"I would like to admit the clear error I made in front of all Spanish citizens".
"The photo is the most important thing."
"In my opinion, patriotism is liberty."
"We are the envy of Europe and in a few years time we are going to be one of the top countries in the world."
"I think that it would do us good to have some tension [...]. From this weekend, I'm going to start to overdramatise things a little."
"How can a governing party propose to its people a referendum that won't be binding? Is that a serious political programme? No it is not. It's the final option that will end up with upset, at a dead end, reflecting the last 4 years of the Ibarretxe Plan"
"In democracy, nobody is above anybody else apart from he who is elected by the people."
"We are lucky that a crisis of this magnitude only comes around once every 80 years."
"We must have a distinct vision of what employment and unemployment are. A person who is training or educating themselves is working for their country. That is what we have discovered in this recession, that training, education and innovation are fundamental.", Oslo Forum, September 2010.
"There isn't any wall, however high, however wide or however big, whatever it is made from, that can bar you from achieving a better life. There isn't any wall or pit that is in front of you to stop you from achieving a future of wellbeing."
"I'm not the right person to talk about this. It doesn't seem right to me (the price paid by Real Madrid for footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, but I understand the social significance of football."
"Discouraging smoking and drinking is a left ideal."
"Peace needs and takes time, it needs and takes caution, it needs and takes patience after 30 years of terrorism and violence."
"Goodnight, and good luck."
"Gender equality is more successful than armed force"
"Although the recession is strong and although hard times await us in the next 2 or 3 months, Spain will continue to grow in the second quarter of 2009."
"To every insult we receive we will offer a proposal, to every defamatory remark, an idea, and to every exaggeration, a smile."
"Less smoking and more reading."
"I am highly at ease and calm because we have a fairly republican king." "For me, a republican is someone who defends public institutions and democratic values, someone who is a defender of public life, someone who repsects the principles of liberty, so in that sense we are very calm and at ease."
"Reachable goals are worth the struggle." (30th Nov., 2005)
"Today things are better than a year ago. But within a year things will be even better."
"If we live together, together we must decide."
"The Spanish economy is not going to return to growth immediately."
"It's likely that the worst of the economic crisis is behind us."
"The earth belongs to nobody except the wind."
"The PP has spent 3 years thinking about the election (in 2008), but I think that one has to give them some advice: to prepare themselves to carry on thinking, but about the election in 2012."
"Given that a few days ago we had a terrible accident, a tragic terrorist attack in Barajas, in Madrid, I would like to propose to you that we show our complete condemnation, our most intense revulsion, and that we show profound solidarity with the victims."
"With a Socialist government, there will not be a national surplus whilst there continues to be inequality."
"The main priority of the Socialist Party is education".
"Every time a teacher leaves her classroom in Paris to put up osters of Ségolène France is illuminated."
"Castilian Spanish speaking Spain is big, but is bigger in addition with Catalonian speaking Spain, Galician speaking Spain and Basque speaking Spain. Democratic Spain, Constitutional Spain, can not be separated from diversity and the respect to the citizenship"
Drawing a comparison to football, it could be said that the Spanish economy has, during this legislature, into the Champions League of the world economy, however bad that may seem to some."
The US doesn't understand South America." "The longer they put off admitting defeat and crticising themselves, the longer it will take for them to earn the confidence of their citizens." "If there is corruption, it's because the political parties are weak."
"The strength of a culture depends on its capacity to open itself up to other cultures, to integrate itself into them and to integrate them into it. It doesn't matter how many differences there may be, Habermas pointed out, everyone shares some principles. No culture tolerates the exploitation of human beings. No religion permits the murder of innocent people. No civilisation accepts violence or terror." [...] "Peace is not a natural state of man, as the great pacifist Gandhi told us. But man can create it. If we have broken down walls that seemed unbreakable, we will not passively agree that more profound differences should their place."
"My grandfather asked in his will that whenever it became possible, his name should be cleared so that he would no longer be denounced as a 'traitor to patriotism'. My grandfather has had a great effect on me during my life." "The transition to democracy was based on a base of harmony and little remembrance." (It was good that the Transition) "[...] was like that, because at the time the wounds were still open. That problem affected an entire generation of Spaniards. However, the generation that I come from is drawn to politics in a context of democracy and liberty, and now it's only fair that the sacrifices that many people made are recognised and that people know exactly what happened to their relatives, because it's their right [...] this right doesn't involve looking back with a grudge, but completely the opposite: it means looking back with serenity, to find out the truth [...] it means building a stronger country, a country that can look at all of its citizens with absolute serenity, so that they feel recognised in our project of contemporary democracy".