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Quotes by Fidel Castro

  • Statesman
  • Born August 13, 1926

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (; American Spanish: [fiˈðel aleˈhandɾo ˈkastɾo ˈrus] ( listen); August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016) was a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban patriot, Castro also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party communist state, while industry and business were nationalized and state socialist reforms were implemented throughout the society.


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




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.




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




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




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




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.




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.




How can we help President Obama?




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




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.




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




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




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




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




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




Someday, the capitalist system will disappear in the United States, because no social class system has been eternal. One day, class societies will disappear.




Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony.




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




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




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


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




Sorry, I'm still a dialectical materialist.




I don't think it is so difficult to solve the problems between Cuba and the United States; it all depends on whether there is a dialogue, a discussion, or if the prejudices and hatred of people like the extremists and terrorists from the Cuban community, who try to impose their policies, prevail.




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




I have always fought for concrete facts, for justice.




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




Nothing in the world is irreversible, not even capitalism.



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