Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.

— Che Guevara

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The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.

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It's a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies.

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Be realistic, demand the impossible!

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The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.

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Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart?

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If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.

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We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle.

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To accomplish much you must first lose everything.

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Silence is argument carried out by other means.

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If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.

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I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.

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We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.

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About Che Guevara

Quotes 168 sayings
Nationality Argentinian
Profession Revolutionary
Birthday June 14, 1928

The ***** is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.

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A new era will dawn in Africa, when the impoverished masses of a nation rise up to rescue their right to a decent life from the hands of the ruling oligarchies.

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My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood… Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!

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I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.

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Every person has the truth in his heart.

No matter how complicated his circumstances, no matter how others look at him from the outside, and no matter how deep or shallow the truth dwells in his heart, once his heart is pieced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser.

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At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.

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Democracy is not compatible with financial oligarchy.

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I am not Christ or a philanthropist, old lady, I am all the contrary of a Christ I fight for the things I believe in, with all the weapons at my disposal and try to leave the other man dead so that I don't get nailed to a cross or any other place.

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One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth in order to avoid dogmatic extremes, cold scholasticism, or an isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity is transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.

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The negro is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.

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Everyday you have to fight so that love for humanity can be transformed into concrete deeds, into acts that set an example, that mobilize.

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The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day to day.

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The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation

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Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.

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Words without deeds are worthless.

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War is always a struggle in which each contender tries to annihilate the other.

Besides using force, they will have recourse to all possible tricks and stratagems to achieve the goal.

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Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.

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I now know, by an almost fatalistic conformity with the facts, that my destiny is to travel.

40

We are overcome by anguish at this illogical moment of humanity.

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The problem of peaceful transition to socialism, we do not discuss it as a theoretical question. But in America it is very difficult, and it is nearly impossible. That is why specifically in America we say that the road to the liberation of peoples, which will be the road of socialism will go through bullets in almost all countries.

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Mexicans are a band of illiterate Indians.

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...because it is the very nature of Imperialism to turn humans into beasts.

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How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?

33

Americans are given the sole option of electing their jailer for four years and sometimes do him the honour of re-electing him.

33

Hatred as an element of the struggle;

a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.

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The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City!

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One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness.

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A smoke in times of rest is a great companion to the solitary soldier.

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In a revolution one wins or dies, if it is a real one

28

The final hour of colonialism has struck, and millions of inhabitants of Africa, Asia and Latin America rise to meet a new life and demand their unrestricted right to self-determination.

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What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two: melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.

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We should not go to the [poor countries] and say: 'We come to .

.. teach you our science, to show you your errors.' ... We should go instead with an inquiring mind and a humble spirit to learn [from] these people.

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When forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law, peace is considered already broken.

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If any person has a good word for the previous government that is good enough for me to have him shot.

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The interests of the IMF represent the big international interests that today seem to be established and concentrated in Wall Street.

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Our youth must always be free, discussing and exchanging ideas concerned with what is happening throughout the entire world.

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Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted.

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