Quotes

It is not just a simple game, it is a weapon of the revolution.
Better to die standing, than to live on your knees.
I don’t know if the Cuban revolution will survive or not. It’s difficult to say. But [if it doesn’t] . . . don’t come looking for me among the refugees in the embassies. I’ve had that experience, and I’m not ever going to repeat it. I will go out with a machine gun in my hand, to the barricades. . . I’ll keep fighting to the end.
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting
I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.
Silence is argument carried out by other means.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
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.
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.
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves. If they attack, we shall fight to the end.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall. I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation.
One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness.
The university cannot be an ivory tower, far away from the society, removed from the practical accomplishments of the Revolution. If such an attitude is maintained, the university will continue giving our society lawyers that we do not need.
Let us not try to classify him, to capture him in a mold, that is, kill him. When forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established
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.
After graduation, due to special circumstances and perhaps also to my character, I began to travel throughout America, and I became acquainted with all of it.
The first liberating revolutions never destroyed the large landholding powers that always constituted a reactionary force and upheld the principle of servitude on the land.
We, politely referred to as “underdeveloped,” in truth are colonial, semi-colonial or dependent countries.
Cuba hopes that her children will see a better future, and that victory will not have to be won at the cost of millions of human lives destroyed by the atomic bomb. Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians.
Power is the sine qua non strategic objective of the revolutionary forces, and everything must be subordinated to this basic endeavor.
Cuba, for example, is a vanguard outpost, an outpost which overlooks the extremely broad stretches of the economically distorted world of Latin America.
Guerrilla warfare is a people’s warfare; an attempt to carry out this type of war without the population’s support is a prelude to inevitable disaster.
The guerrilla is supported by the peasant and worker masses of the region and of the whole territory in which it acts. Without these prerequisites, guerrilla warfare is not possible.
Violence is not the monopoly of the exploiters and as such the exploited can use it too and, moreover, ought to use it when the moment arrives.
The dictatorship tries to function without resorting to force so we must try to oblige it to do so, thereby unmasking its true nature as the dictatorship of the reactionary social classes.
The people did not talk about reciprocal concessions but demanded liberties and guarantees, which brought inevitably in many sectors a crueler war than the French would have waged otherwise.
Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers.
The feeling of revolt will grow stronger every day among the peoples subjected to various degrees of exploitation, and they will take up arms to gain by force the rights which reason alone has not won them.
Cuba was developed as a sugar factory of the United States.
A monopolistic control was established by U.S. interests in all aspects of a sugar production,
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.
Peaceful coexistence cannot be limited to the powerful countries if we want to ensure world peace.
There are no borders in this struggle to the death.
Imperialism has been defeated in many partial battles. But it remains a considerable force in the world, and we cannot expect its final defeat save through effort and sacrifice on the part of us all.
For us there is no valid definition of socialism other than the abolition of the exploitation of one human being by another.
There is no other definition of socialism valid for us than that of the abolition of the exploitation of man by man.
The state sometimes makes mistakes. When one of these mistakes occurs, a decline in collective enthusiasm is reflected by a resulting quantitative decrease of the contribution of each individual, each of the elements forming the whole of the masses. Work is so paralysed that insignificant quantities are produced. It is time to make a correction.
In capitalist society individuals are controlled by a pitiless law usually beyond their comprehension.
The laws of capitalism, blind and invisible to the majority, act upon the individual without his thinking about it.
Wealth is far from being within the reach of the masses simply through the process of appropriation.
In moments of great peril it is easy to muster a powerful response to moral stimuli; but for them to retain their effect requires the development of a consciousness in which there is a new priority of values.
The road is long and full of difficulties.
In our zeal as revolutionists we try to move ahead as fast as possible, clearing the way, but knowing we must draw our sustenance from the mass and that it can advance more rapidly only if we inspire it by our example.
Socialism is young and has made errors. Many times revolutionaries lack the knowledge and intellectual courage needed to meet the task of developing the new man with methods different from the conventional ones — and the conventional methods suffer from the influences of the society, which created them.
What are needed are the development of an ideological-cultural mechanism which permits both free inquiry and the uprooting of the weeds which multiply so easily in the fertile soil of state subsidies.
Our task is to prevent the present generation, torn asunder by its conflicts, from becoming perverted and from perverting new generations.
Man still needs to undergo a complete spiritual rebirth in his attitude towards his work, freed from the direct pressure of his social environment, though linked to it by his new habits.
There is still a need to undergo a complete spiritual rebirth in one’s attitude toward one’s own work, freed from the direct pressure of the social environment, though linked to it by new habits.
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.
We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.
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… We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity will be transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.
The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation.
A school of artistic experimentation is invented, which is said to be the definition of freedom; but this “experimentation” has its limits, imperceptible until there is a clash, that is, until the real problems of individual alienation arise.
The basic clay of our work is the youth; we place our hope in it and prepare it to take the banner from our hands.
In a revolution one wins or dies, if it is a real one.
I have lived magnificent days.
Until victory always, Homeland or death!
Once again I feel beneath my heels the ribs of Recinante. Once more, I’m on the road with my shield on my arm.
Many will call me an adventurer, and that I am… only one of a different sort: one who risks his skin to prove his truths.
Until always, little children. I still hope to see you again. A really big kiss and a hug from Papa.
Remember, there are still many years of struggle ahead, and even when you are a woman, you will have to do your part in the struggle.
The beginnings will not be easy; they shall be extremely difficult.