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

— Fidel Castro

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We must establish a new world order based on justice, on equity, and on peace.

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It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action.

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One of the greatest benefits of the revolution is that even our prostitutes are college graduates.

424

If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.

411

The first thing dictators do is finish free press, to establish censorship.

There is no doubt that a free press is the first enemy of dictatorship.

364

I've always considered Christ to be one of the greatest revolutionaries in the history of humanity.

359

Ideas do not need weapons.

347

Good athletes do not know what tiredness is.

They do not know what discouragement is. Good athletes only know what victory is.

337

We are not politicians. We made our revolution to get the politicians out.

307

A large percentage of those living in developed societies are told what brand of soda they should drink, what cigarettes they should smoke, what clothes and shoes they should wear, what they should eat and what brand of food they should buy. Their political ideas are supplied in the same way. Every year a trillion dollars is spent on advertising.

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

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

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About Fidel Castro

Quotes 107 sayings
Profession Statesman
Birthday October 16

The percentage of mentally disturbed people in the United States is very high.

From the time the American gets up in the morning, he feels as if someone is trying to influence his will in some way: he is a person with a thousand pressures. The Americans live under a great strain ... and have great feelings of frustration.

161

This country is heaven, in the spiritual sense of the word.

And I say, we prefer to die in heaven than survive in hell.

148

A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.

138

Why do some people have to go barefoot so that others can drive luxury cars? Why are some people able to live only 35 years in order that others can live 70 years? Why do some people have to be miserably poor in order that others can be extravagantly rich? I speak for all the children in the world who don't even have a piece of bread.

128

Nowhere in the world, in no act of genocide, in no war, are so many people killed per minute, per hour and per day as those who are killed by hunger and poverty on our planet.

115

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.

87

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.

87

The selection of a Republican candidate for the presidency of this globalized and expansive empire is - and I mean this seriously - the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been.

82

We need a Nuremberg to put on trial the economic order that they have imposed on us, that every three years kills more men, women and children by hunger and preventable or curable diseases than the death toll in six years of the second world war.

80

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.

69

We are not only a Latin American nation, we are an Afro-American nation also.

63

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.

54

Fellow workers and peasants, this is the socialist and democratic revolution of the working people, with the working people, and for the working people. And for this revolution of the working people, by the working people, and for the working people we are prepared to give our lives.

48

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.

42

I don't think that the contradictions between capitalism and socialism can be resolved by war. This is no longer the age of the bow and arrow. It's the nuclear age, and war can annihilate us all. The only way to achieve solutions seems to be for the different social systems to coexist.

37

If religious feeling is put in opposition to social change, then it does become an opium, but if it is joined to the struggle for social change then it is a wonderful medicine.

32

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

29

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

28

Whoever hesitates while waiting for ideas to triumph among the masses before initiating revolutionary action will never be a revolutionary... Humanity will, of course, change; human society will, of course, continue to develop - in spite of men and the errors of men. But that is not a revolutionary attitude.

25

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!

25

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

22

U.S. leaders should think that if they are aiding terrorist plans to eliminate Cuban leaders, they themselves will not be safe.

20

There is nothing more agreeable than having a place where one can throw on the floor as many cigar butts as one pleases without the subconscious fear of a maid who is waiting like a sentinel to place an ashtray where the ashes are going to fall.

20

More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger;

and 790 million of them live in the Third World.

19

On birthdays I avoid taking hasty or impulsive measures.

19

Cuba has the cleanest and most-educated prostitutes in the world.

18

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

18

Forgive me for using the term 'fat little brother'.

It is not a criticism, rather a suggestion that he do some exercises and go on a diet, don't you think? I'm doing this for the gentleman's health.

17

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.

17

There is no more democratic government than a revolutionary government.

17

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.

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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.

15

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.

15

Democracy's my idea. I do not agree with communists, my acts prove. Free press in Cuba - free ideas, freedom religion belief.

14

It would have been the easiest thing in the world for us to build those emplacements under the guise of something totally different and they would have never been discovered. The amazing thing was that they weren't discovered earlier. It was a question of carelessness, lack of foresight.

13

Were Kennedy not a millionaire, illiterate and ignorant, then he would obviously understand that you cannot revolt against the peasants.

13

You Americans keep saying that Cuba is ninety miles from the United States.

I say that the United States is ninety miles from Cuba and for us, that is worse.

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