Being a true Colombian at heart, Escobar valued his family as the most important thing in the world. This was the stronghold and probably the success of his Cartel, which was based on family trust and bonds. The following 2 quotes proof his love for his family and country above all:
I’d rather be in a grave in Colombia than in prison in the United States.
I can replace things, but I could never replace my wife and kids.
Some of Escobars other quotes show that he is a gruesome leader and an ambitious business man, who killed and bribed his way up in his criminal career:
All empires are created of blood and fire.
Everyone has a price, the important thing is to find out that price.
Sometimes I am God, if I say a man dies, he dies that same day.
There can only be one king.
There are two hundred million idiots, manipulated by a million intelligent men
My favorite Pablo Escobar quote however comes from an interview with Colombian journalist Elizabeth Mora-Mass. She interviewed him 6 times and eventually fled the country after threats of the Medellin Cartel.
At the time of her first interview, Mora-Mass was just a 20 year old journalism student. With some luck and persistence, she was able to arrange an interview with the leader of the Medellin Cartel. As the interview progressed, Mora-Mass got more frank and decided to ask Escobar what he did for a living. While we don’t know if Escobar was serious or lighthearted in his reply, his answer is definitely remarkable. Read it in our last quote:
I am a decent man who exports flowers.