As quoted by the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/22/us/luis-a-ferre-dies-at-99-pushed-puerto-rican-statehood.html in an October 22, 2003 obituary.
Luis A. Ferré citations
Luis A. Ferré
Date de naissance: 17. février 1904
Date de décès: 21. octobre 2003
Luis Alberto Ferré Aguayo était un ingénieur, entrepreneur, homme politique, philanthrope et mécène portoricain. Troisième gouverneur du Commonwealth de Porto Rico, il a exercé ses fonctions de 1969 à 1973. Il est le père fondateur du Nouveau Parti progressiste, qui plaide pour que Porto Rico devienne un État des États-Unis d'Amérique.
Il est récipiendaire de la médaille présidentielle de la liberté. Wikipedia
Citations Luis A. Ferré
„I am concerned that many young people in the Hemisphere seem to envision the United States as a nation intoxicated by power, addicted to warfare, controlled by a military-industrial complex, and determined to preserve the status quo, that we are against rapid economic and social growth.“
1971 National Governors Association Annual Meeting NGA http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.f3e4d086ac6dda968a278110501010a0/?vgnextoid=abd0a75a0f58b010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD
„Industry is not a collection of machines and tools and buildings. It is a social entity that has the responsibility of realizing the happiness of those who work in it.“
Quoted by TIME Magazine on May 11, 1962 Time Magazine http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,939385,00.html
„We speak Spanish but we think American. We don't want to be a colony, we don't want to be inferior. We want to be equal.“
On Puerto Ricans and their relationship with the United States, in a 1999 WOSO radio station interview in Puerto Rico, as quoted by the Associated Press http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2003/Ex-Puerto-Rican-Governor-Ferre-Dies-at-99/id-8cb93046108ad2da5ed0958cda645bfb
„The most important things in my life have been being governor of Puerto Rico and eliminating the old tradition that was established by [former Gov. Luis] Muñoz himself of being a boss. He was the boss of the government and there was no opposition in Puerto Rico. That was the thing I broke to make Puerto Rico a two-party system, a truly democratic society.“
Caribbean Business interview, 1999. http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues/2003/vol7n44/CBPRGrieves-en.html
Quoted in a Forbes magazine interview in 1993 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/22/us/luis-a-ferre-dies-at-99-pushed-puerto-rican-statehood.html, on his acquisition of art pieces to create the Ponce Museum of Art, now the largest art museum in the Caribbean, and considered one of the best in the Americas.
On acquiring El Día, now the largest newspaper by circulation in Puerto Rico, as quoted by the Associated Press http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2003/Ex-Puerto-Rican-Governor-Ferre-Dies-at-99/id-8cb93046108ad2da5ed0958cda645bfb.
„Not only are Puerto Ricans citizens by birth, but one would be hard-pressed to find a Puerto Rican without a sister in New York or a son in Chicago, a cousin in Orlando or a daughter in Honolulu or Oklahoma City.“
On the subject of the Puerto Rican diaspora to a United States Senate committee in 1998, as quoted by the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/22/us/luis-a-ferre-dies-at-99-pushed-puerto-rican-statehood.html.
„I hope I will live to see a final meeting of the minds between Puerto Rico and statehood, but [even] if I don't live that long, I am certain it will happen.“
As quoted by the Associated Press http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2003/Ex-Puerto-Rican-Governor-Ferre-Dies-at-99/id-8cb93046108ad2da5ed0958cda645bfb after the 1998 status referendum in Puerto Rico.
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