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“They say I’m the world’s poorest president. Let me tell you that I’m not poor. Poor are those who need too much,” he said last week while getting an honorary degree at Argentina’s Universidad de La Plata, the day after the final abortion vote.

“I discovered the keys to this in the jail cells, when I couldn’t read. If I hadn’t spent those years there, I wouldn’t be who I am, because one learns more from pain than from bounty,” he said.

“That’s why, the night when I had a mattress, I felt happy. How is it possible, therefore, that we spend our lives poisoned with desperation to buy a new car every two years? If I could, I would live much more simply.”