San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

So They Said: Great Quotations of 2005

“He had no office, no functions, no programs. But he did have a salary.”


–First Vice-President Lineth Saborío

on her former colleague, Second Vice-President Luis Fishman, following Fishman’s resignation in January after three years with no official functions because of a 2002 disagreement with President Abel Pacheco.


“The legislators and the great ones eat meat, and we can’t even buy it. We can’t even buy rice… The fathers of the country… are leeches, feeding off the blood of the people, and they expect us to be grateful. That’s Costa Rica: a democracy with a broken ass.”


–Benjamin Vindas, a carpenter, 77,

speaking with The Tico Times on Ave.

Central in downtown San José on the

rising cost of living in April.


“The business of literature is a cheap swindle. What I would recommend to young people is that they seek something more useful to do with their time, like making shoes or singing. Singing is very nice.”


–José León Sánchez,

author of “The Lonely Men’s Island” and

former inmate at San Lucas

Penitentiary, a prison that operated on

Isla San Lucas in the Gulf of Nicoya

from 1873-1989, when asked what tips

he would give aspiring writers.


“If we say yes to CAFTA, that isn’t the solution either – we won’t have Disneyland here the next day.”


–Trade Minister Manuel González

in January, on the Central American

Free-TradeAgreement with the United States.


“We live in an ungovernable country, where democracy has evolved into a quasi-anarchy… This country cannot bear more of this.”


–Former President and National

Liberation Party candidate

Oscar Arias

in September.


“How do we explain to the Marriott or the Four Seasons… that the rules of play can be changed on a whim?”


–Agustín Monge of the Costa Rican

Hotel Chamber (CCH),

complaining in February about the

Comptroller General’s tendency to make

far-reaching decisions that change conditions

for investors.


“I have complete faith in the Prosecutor’s Office, but let me tell you this, Mr. Chief Prosecutor. The political judgment has been made. Only the judicial judgment remains.”


–Ricardo Toledo, legislator from

the Social Christian Unity Party

(PUSC), to Chief Prosecutor

Francisco Dall’Anese,

who was visiting the Legislative

Assembly to discuss the case of former

President José María Figueres,

under suspicion of corruption.


 “Justice isn’t a matter of the majority. We can’t put someone in jail to satisfy the observer.”


responding to legislators’ comments.


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