Fidel Castro Quotes



Best 30 Quotes by Fidel Castro

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

“A revolution is not a bed of roses.”

“A smart policy should be one that tends to receive the capitals, pays the price for that capital – which is the interest – returns the capital and in the end the factories, the industries, are left to remain in the country.”

“All criticism is opposition. All opposition is counter-revolutionary.”

“As we know, while our species remains alive, everybody has the sacred duty to be optimistic. Ethically, any other behaviour wouldn't be admissible.”

“Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.”

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

“Christ didn't choose the rich to preach the doctrine; he choose 12 poor ignorant workers – that is, he chose the proletariat of the times.”

“Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.”

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

“Defending peace is the duty of all.”

“Every country must be absolutely free to adopt the type of economic, political and social system that it considers convenient.”

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

“Humanity can learn from those who have broken their chains. Those who have chained humanity for centuries cannot teach humanity anything.”

“I almost laughed about the Machiavellian plans of the presidents of the United States.”

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

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

“I believe that all of us ought to retire relatively young.”

“I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country.”

“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.”

“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”

“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.”

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

“Ideas do not need weapons.”

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

“If you calculate 15 minutes a day to shave, that is 5,000 minutes a year spent shaving.”

“Permission does not need to be advertised.”

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“From Marx, I received the concept of what human society is; otherwise, someone who hasn't read about it, or to whom it hasn't been explained, it's as though they were set down in the middle of a forest, at night, without knowing which way north is, or south, east or west. Marx told us what a society is and the history of its evolution. Without Marx, you can't formulate any argument that leads to a reasonable interpretation of historical events – what the tendencies are, the probable evolution of a humanity that has not yet completed its social evolution.”

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“Quality of life lies in knowledge, in culture. Values are what constitute true quality of life, the supreme quality of life, even above food, shelter and clothing.”

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