João Goulart

24th President of Brazil (1918-1976)
João Goulart
João Goulart
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João Belchior Marques Goulart (nicknamed Jango), (São Borja, Rio Grande do Sul, March 1, 1918 - Mercedes, Argentina, December 6, 1976) was the 16th Vice-President from Brazil (1956-1961) and the 24th President (1961-1964).


  • "I won't trade one Brazilian worker for a hundred of these tidy little grandfins."
- Phrase said during a rally as president of Brazil
  • "The image projected in Veja Magazine about my life in exile, presenting me as a rich landlord, oblivious to the problems of the homeland, does not reflect reality."
- In an interview with "Veja Magazine", in 1971, quoted in Revista Veja - Edição Especial de 30 anos
  • "It is regrettable that still large parts of the population that have had access to higher education remain insensitive to the national reality."
- Parlamentares Gaúchos: João Goulart. Page: 238. 2014. ISBN 9788566054095
  • "...I will only return to my country through the front door, democratically. My duty, my right is to remain quiet, one day History judges me”
- Parlamentares Gaúchos: João Goulart. Page: 163. 2014. ISBN 9788566054095
  • "...the major objective of Brazilian society is the strengthening of peace. We believe that the ideological conflict between West and East cannot and should not be solved militarily, because if in a nuclear war we saved our lives, we would not be able to save, whether we won or were won, our reason for living".
-João Goulart: Uma Biografia. Jorge Ferreira. 2011. Page 276. ISBN 978-85-200-1056-3
  • "What threatens democracy is hunger, it is misery, it is the disease of those who have no resources to face it. These are the evils that can threaten democracy, but never the people in the public square in the use of their legitimate and democratic rights".
-João Goulart: Uma Biografia. Jorge Ferreira. 2011. Page 411. ISBN 978-85-200-1056-3


  • "The government recognizes the mistakes of the past and apologizes to a man who defended the nation and its people whom we could never have forgiven."
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 35th president of Brazil (2003-2010), on the political amnesty granted to Jango's family on November 15, 2008 by the Ministry of Justice.
  • "The national memory is treated as garbage."
João Vicente Goulart, son of the former president, in an interview with CartaCapital magazine number 357, about the paralysis of the investigations on his father's death.
  • "It is my duty to state in a solemn declaration to History that I have never been insinuated with any movement or tendency to hurt the law or the institutions. I have always heard categorical statements from the President that he would be an uncompromising defender of legality and democratic institutions. [...] I could never defend a government committed to communism."
- General Ladário Telles. Parlamentares Gaúchos: João Goulart. Page: 117. 2014. ISBN 9788566054095
-Maria Thereza Goulart. Parlamentares Gaúchos: João Goulart. Página: 132. 2014. ISBN 9788566054095
  • "In what he says he will be representing me. You can trust him, as if I were myself."
-Getúlio Vargas. João Goulart: Uma Biografia. Jorge Ferreira. 2011. Page 103. ISBN 978-85-200-1056-3