“Nothing for us, everything for the country,” a phrase that Rafael Correa constantly recalled was used by President Eloy Alfaro, is another one of the most pronounced by the outgoing president in his speeches.
“You want a president who allows insults and who does not answer. Look for another one. I’m no good at that. I will answer in the same field.”
“Well-off people of the 21st century are those who buy the most ostentatious cars to show off the money they have, right? The finest suits because others can not buy them and to prove their superiority. Their neighborhoods are more luxurious, exclusive, with artificial lagoons, the entrance is only allowed with electromagnetic cards to prevent the entry of the riffraff.”
“Today Ecuador has chosen a new country. The old structures have been defeated.”
“You know what gentlemen? go and give orders in your houses, change your donations in small cents and put them in your ears, because we are not going to obey orders from anyone.”
“If you want to kill the president, here he is, kill him if you want to, kill him if you have power, kill him if you have courage.”
“Do not believe this corrupt press anymore, it does not even serve to plant avocados.”
“Now it turns out that he does not have a degree in economics and that to be president of the Central Bank someone needs to be an economist. Is all a lie.” (Talking about his cousin Pedro Delgado).
“They have clean hands, lucid minds, and fiery hearts, all for the country.”
“It is the most serious act of corruption.” (Talking about corruption scandals within the Petroecuador state oil company).
“It’s not a bribe because Alecksey Mosquera was no longer a civil servant. This was a private agreement.” (Talking about a former electricity minister arrested in the Odebrecht case).