Fidel Castro Quotes

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

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

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.

Condemn me, it does not matter. History will absolve me.

Each one of you must go ready to face aggression, harassment, blackmail attempts and bribery.

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.

How can we help President Obama?

I am a Marxist-Leninist, and I will be a Marxist-Leninist until the last days of my life.

I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate Cuba.

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.

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

I ask your forgiveness for having fallen. To prevent speculation, I observe I have a fracture in the knee and maybe the arm too, I’m not sure.

I began the revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action.

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

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

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

I have a heart of steel.

I have concluded – maybe a little late – that speeches must be short.

I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief.

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

I realized that my true destiny would be the war that I was going to have with the United States.

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 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 long before becoming a fully fledged Communist … discovering Marxism was like finding a map in the forest.

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.

I’m not thinking to cut my beard, because I’m accustomed to my beard and my beard means many things to my country. When we have fulfilled our promise of good government I will cut my beard.

It seems that the empire finally has a new leader. From the new boss, we expect little.

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

More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.

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.

Niemeyer and I are the last communists on this planet.

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

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

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

Sorry, I’m still a dialectical materialist.

The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.

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

There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.

There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.

They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?

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

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

With what morality can the [US] leaders talk of human rights in a country where there are millionaires and beggars, where blacks face discrimination, women are prostituted, and great masses of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans are deprecated, exploited and humiliated?