Fidel Castro Quotes

"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."

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

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

"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."

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

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

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

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

"Ideas do not need weapons, to the extent that they can convince the great masses."

"Everyone is a poet at 16, but how many are poets at 50? Generally, people seem to get more conservative as they age, but in my case, I seem to have gotten more radical."

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

"Revolutionaries must proclaim their ideas courageously..and express their intentions so that no one is deceived."

"I promise all Cuban mothers that I will never will make them weep."

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

"If someone is responsible, it's me."

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

"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."

"The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."

"I’m not attached to anything. I’m attached to what it feels it's my duty, to do my duty. I think that I will die with the boots on."

"I don't think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews."

"I don't think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews."

"There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust."

"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!"

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

"I do not conceive of any manifestation of culture, of science, of art, as purposes in themselves. I think the purpose of science and culture is man."

"There are enough doctors on the planet so that nobody has to die for lack of attendance."

"I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement."

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

"I am not a follower of Moscow, but its victim."

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

"North Americans don't understand... that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity."

"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."

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

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

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

"I am someone who's been in politics for 43 years and I know what I'm doing and what I should do. Have no doubt that I know how to tell the truth and to do so elegantly."

"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."

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

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

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

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