November 30, 2016

Fidel Castro Quotes

“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.”

“A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.”

“A revolution is not a trail of roses.… A revolution is a fight to the death between the future and the past.”

“All criticism is opposition. All opposition is counter-revolutionary.”

“As I have said before, the ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger.”

“Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.”

“Condemn me, it does not matter: history will absolve me.”

“How can the rope and the hanged man understand each other or the chain and the slave?”

“I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.”

“I am a Marxist-Leninist, and I will be a Marxist-Leninist until the last days of my life.”

“I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement, but we do not have to say that we are anticommunists just to fawn on foreign powers.”

“I am not a dictator, and I do not think I will become one. I will not maintain power with a machine gun.”

“I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.”

“I believe that all of us ought to retire relatively young.”

“I feel my belief in sacrifice and struggle getting stronger. I despise the kind of existence that clings to the miserly trifles of comfort and self-interest. I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.”

“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”

“I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib. In personality and in courage, this man is the Himalayas. I have thus had the experience of witnessing the Himalayas.”

“I have reached the conclusion, a bit late perhaps, that speeches should be short.”

“I never perceived a contradiction in the political revolutionary field between the ideas I maintained and the idea of that symbol, that extraordinary figure who had been so familiar to me since I began to reason.”

“I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.”

“I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution.”

“I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.”

“I was a man who was lucky enough to have discovered a political theory, a man who was caught up in the whirlpool of Cuba’s political crisis… discovering Marxism… was like finding a map in the forest.”

“I would not vote for the mayor. It’s not just because he didn’t invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.”

“If there ever was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world, attack the entire world in any way or another, that real and really universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism.”

“If we had paused to tell the people that we were Marxist-Leninists while we were on Pico Turquino and not yet strong, it is possible that we would never have been able to descend to the plains.”

“Las ideas no necesitan ni de las armas, en la medida en que sean capaces de conquistar a las grandes masas.”

“Men do not shape destiny. Destiny produces the man for the hour.”

“More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.”

“My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn’t work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious.”

“No government can sell its nation on the backs of its people.”

“No thieves, no traitors, no interventionists! This time the revolution is for real!”

“North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.”

“The Alliance for Progress is an alliance between one millionaire and many beggars.”

“The existing world economic order constitutes a system of plundering and exploitation like no other in history.”

“The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.”

“The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.”

“The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs.”

“They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?”

“This country … abounds in that Cuba is a heaven in the spiritual sense of the word, and we prefer to die in heaven than serve in hell.”

“Warfare is a means and not an end. Warfare is a tool of revolutionaries. The important thing is the revolution! The important thing is the revolutionary cause, revolutionary ideas, revolutionary objectives, revolutionary sentiments, revolutionary virtues!”

“We have a theoretical concept of the Revolution which is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.”

“When I was a young boy, my father taught me that to be a good Catholic, I had to confess at church if I ever had impure thoughts about a girl. That very evening, I had to rush to confess my sin. And the next night, and the next. After a week, I decided religion wasn’t for me.”