Forgiving is not forgetting. Forgiving is remembering without pain.

Socialist ideology, like so many others, has two main dangers.

One stems from confused and incomplete readings of foreign texts, and the other from the arrogance and hidden rage of those who, in order to climb up in the world, pretend to be frantic defenders of the helpless so as to have shoulders on which to stand.

Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy.

Other famous men, those of much talk and few deeds, soon evaporate.

Action is the dignity of greatness.

Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.

We are free, but not to be evil, not to be indifferent to human suffering, not to profit from the people, from the work created and sustained through their spirit of political association, while refusing to contribute to the political state that we profit from.

To busy oneself with what is futile when one can do something useful, to attend to what is simple when one has the mettle to attempt what is difficult, is to strip talent of its dignity.

It is my duty to prevent, through the independence of Cuba, the U.

S.A. from spreading over the West Indies and falling with addedweight upon other lands of Our America. All I have done up to now and shall do hereafter is to that end.... I know the Monster, because I have lived in its lair--and my weapon is only the slingshot of David.

In a time of crisis, the peoples of the world must rush to get to know each other.

Amor cuerdo, no es amor. (Sane love, is not love)

Only those who spread treachery, fire, and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity.

One revolution is still necessary: the one that will not end with the rule of its leader. It will be the revolution against revolutions, the uprising of all peaceable individuals, who will become soldiers for once so that neither they nor anyone else will ever have to be a soldier again.

"Racist" is a confusing word, and it should be clarified.

Men have no special rights simply because they belong to one race or another. When you say "men," you have already imbued them with all their rights.

Men of action, above all those whose actions are guided by love, live forever.

Are we to say that any individual who's on steroids that has an angry moment is due to steroids? What about the individual who gets angry and kills someone who's not on steroids? What do we blame it on now?

But when women are moved and lend help, when women, who are by nature calm and controlled, give encouragement and applause, when virtuous and knowledgeable women grace the endeavor with their sweet love, then it is invincible.

I love sitting down and talking to people.

CNBC gave me a chance to do it in a way that I liked. They gave me a chance to also develop the skills to learn from my mistakes.

I was never a true journalist, I was a movie critic.

A good smoker, like a good lover, always takes his time with a cigar.

Culture, which makes talent shine, is not completely ours either, nor can we place it solely at our disposal. Rather, it belongs mainly to our country, which gave it to us, and to humanity, from which we receive it as a birthright.

Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life.

Like bones to the human body, the axle to the wheel, the wing to the bird, and the air to the wing, so is liberty the essence of life. Whatever is done without it is imperfect.

The beauty of women was the first expression of my photography.

I just smoked a Cohiba the other day. It was great. You have to appreciate everything that cigar is.

I always clean before the cleaning lady comes.

If not, when I come home, I can't find anything. Cleaning ladies are always hiding things you leave out.

If you want to achieve a high goal, you're going to have to take some chances.

I had as many doubts as anyone else. Standing on the starting line, we're all cowards.

You would give up your career if you lost your voice for good, or if the impresarios stopped calling, or the audiences stopped coming. But as long as those things are there, I don't plan to stop. There is nothing that makes me feel better than to be with my public.

Steroids, used correctly, will not only make you stronger and sexier, they will also make you healthier.

When I write, the first blank page, or any blank page, means nothing to me.

What means something is a page that has been filled with words.

I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.

Do something useful and you will have everything you want.

Doors are shut for those who are dull and lazy; life is secure for those who obey the law of work.

If I don't work, I'll be sitting on the couch watching TV, eating popcorn and getting like a cow.

My mother had been educated at a convent, and she had been converted to communism by my father during Stalin's most rampant period, at the beginning of the 1930s. So she had two gods, God in heaven and god on earth.

If I survive, I will spend my whole life at the oven door seeing that no one is denied bread and, so as to give a lesson of charity, especially those who did not bring flour.

Cigars must be smoked one at a time, peaceably, with all the leisure in the world. Cigarettes are of the instant, Cigars are for eternity.

Early in my career I was accused of being overconfident and even cocky, but I really was confident that I had done the training and didn't see any other reason to say otherwise.

Forget the camera, forget the lens, forget all of that.

With any four-dollar camera, you can capture the best picture.

A selfish man is a thief.

Day and night I always dream with open eyes." - José Martí

To Educate is to Free.

Let those who desire a secure homeland conquer it.

Let those who do not conquer it live under the whip and in exile, watched over like wild animals, cast from one country to another, concealing the death of their souls with a beggar's smile from the scorn of free men.

Fits did not go over well in my house.

There was a lot of discipline and obedience and you had to be very ladylike. Ladies didn't curse and I still don't curse in front of my parents.

An athlete who tells you the training is always easy and always fun simply hasn't been there. Goals can be elusive which makes the difficult journey all the more rewarding.

Hatred, slavery's inevitable aftermath.

I'm doing great heart-wise. I get a complete stress test once a year, and those have gone well. I have stents in two arteries, and they are holding up. My other arteries haven't shown any additional clogging.

Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach their objectives despite all obstacles and barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder them, but impossible to stop them.

It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.

It is a sin not to do what one is capable of doing.

He who could have been a torch and stoops to being a pair of jaws is a deserter.