The brutality and uncouthness of many of the revolutionary leaders has not prevented them from becoming popular myths. Villa still gallops through the north, in songs and ballads; Zapata dies at every popular fair. … It is the Revolution, the magical word, the word that is going to change everything, that is going to bring us immense delight and a quick death.
Octavio Paz, as quoted in Staging Politics in Mexico: The Road to Neoliberalism (2004) by Stuart Alexander Day, p. 38
Tengo el deber de informarle que Pancho Villa se encuentra en todas partes y en ninguna a la vez.
I have the duty to inform you that Pancho Villa is everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
A report from an officer in Venustiano Carranza's army, mentioned in the book ¡Vamonos con Pancho Villa! (2007) by Rafael Muñoz.
Hated by thousands and loved by millions.
Richard Grant, as quoted in Bandit Roads: Into the Lawless Heart of Mexico, (2009)