If making jaw-dropping comments was an art, Hugo Chavez would've been something of a Pablo Picasso.
Since rising to power in 1999, Venezuela's stridently outspoken president made a series of remarks that will undoubtedly go down in history. Some, including his 2011 comments about U.S. involvement in growing cancer rates in Latin America, have been deemed nonsensical. While others, such as those he made against aid groups in Haiti, were seen as highly shocking and offensive.
And then there were those comments that never ceased to amuse. How capitalism may have ended life in Mars, for example.
Check out some of Chavez's most iconic quotes in the slideshow below
"What they have implanted here, which is really a 'gringo' custom, is terrorism. They disguise children as witches and wizards, that is contrary to our culture," Chavez said, according to the <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4391166.stm">BBC</a>. <em>A boy dressed as a wizard attends at a Halloween party in the Bulgarian capital Sofia on October 31, 2009. (DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)</em>
On Life On Mars
"I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet," the president said, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/22/us-venezuela-chavez-mars-idUSTRE72L61D20110322">Reuters</a>. <em>Caption: This Dec. 12, 2012 file image provided by NASA shows the Mars rover Curiosity at a pit stop, a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay." (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech, File)</em>
On Barack Obama
"I think that Barack Obama - aside from 'the president' - is a good guy," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/30/hugo-chavez-says-hed-vote_n_1927024.html">the AP quoted</a>. <em>Caption: President Barack Obama winks as he arrives to make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)</em>
Also On Barack Obama
“Mr. Obama ... You are a clown, a clown. Leave us in peace … Go after your votes by fulfilling that which you promised your people," Chavez said, according to <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70694.html">Politico</a>. <em>President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the fiscal cliff, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)</em>
On Condoleezza Rice
“Remember, little girl, I’m like the thorn tree that flowers on the plain,” Chavez said. “Don’t mess with me, Condoleezza. Don’t mess with me, girl,” <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7090600.stm">the BBC quoted </a>Chavez. <em>Caption: Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled 'Ukraine and the World: Addressing Tomorrows Challenges Together', organized by the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in partnership with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation at the Livadia Palace in Yalta, Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)</em>
On Cancer In Latin America
"Would it be so strange that they've invented technology to spread cancer and we won't know about it for 50 years?" according to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-28/chavez-u-s-may-be-behind-s-america-leaders-cancer.html">Bloomberg News report</a>. <em>Captions: Researchers Dr Sarah-Jane Dawson (R) and Dr Tim Forshew work at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute on December 10, 2012 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid - WPA Pool/Getty Images)</em>
On Iran's Nuclear Issue
“That hill will open up and a big atomic bomb will come out. The imperialist spokesmen say Ahmadinejad and I are going into the basement now to set our sights on Washington and launch cannons and missiles… It’s laughable,” <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/big-atomic-bomb-come-ahmadinejad-chavez-joke-nuclear-072956821.html">according to</a> the Blaze. <em>Caption: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, and Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez shake hands as Ahmadinejad arrives to Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)</em>
On Drinking Uvita Instead Of Cola
"This juice is delicious..." the president said, according to <a href="http://www.noticias24.com/venezuela/noticia/117755/chavez-pide-comprar-la-bebida-uvita-en-lugar-de-pepsi-o-coca-cola-este-juguito-si-es-sabroso/">Noticias24</a>. <em>Cans of Coca-Cola soda are offered for sale at a grocery store on April 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</em>
On U.S. Foreign Policy
"Let's save the human race, let's finish off the U.S. empire," Chavez said, according to <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2007/mar/6/20070306-090345-8553r/">The Washington Times</a>. <em>Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, right, embraces Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a welcoming ceremony at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)</em>
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