TIME

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has resigned from his post to help smooth his country’s negotiations with creditors on a new debt restructuring deal.

In typically flamboyant fashion, the motorbike-riding economist left some parting words to his Eurogroup peers — the ones he has battled with over the last few months. “I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride,” he boasted in a blog post announcing his departure Monday.

We’ll certainly miss one of the Europe’s most colorful figures. Here are seven quotes that show, when it comes to one-liners, there may be no man in global finance better than the former economics professor:

On using the Eagles to show Greece’s dilemma
“Greece is absolutely, irreversibly, committed to staying in the eurozone,” he told CNN. “The problem is that once you’re in, it goes just like the Eagle’s song ‘Hotel California’ – you can check out any time you…

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