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Fidel Castro

 

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (1926 –  2016) was the leader of Cuba from 1959 till 2008. He lead the Movement that overthrew the dictatorship of  Batista turning Cuba into the first Communist nation in the Western Hemisphere.

 

   

 

Change the World!

 BE MAD

MAD song

Leader

Be a Victor

 

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

Winning

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

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

I never perceived a contradiction in the political revolutionary field between the ideas I maintained and the idea of that symbol, that extraordinary figure who had been so familiar to me since I began to reason.

If we had paused to tell the people that we were Marxist-Leninists while we were on Pico Turquino and not yet strong, it is possible that we would never have been able to descend to the plains.

The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain as proof on this planet that if they are worked at with fervor and dignity, they can produce the material and cultural goods that human beings need, and we need to fight without a truce to obtain them.

Nature fills us with instincts; it is education that fills us with virtues.

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

Revolution

A revolution is not a trail of roses.… A revolution is a fight to the death between the future and the past.

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

It is amazing that in spite of the differences between human beings, they can become as one in a single instant or they can be millions, and they can be a million strong just through their ideas. Nobody followed the Revolution as a cult to anyone or because they felt personal sympathy with any one person. It is only by embracing certain values and ideas that an entire people can develop the same willingness to make sacrifices of any one of those who loyally and sincerely try to lead them toward their destiny.

Revolution is the sense of the historical moment; it is changing everything that must be changed; it is full equality and freedom; it is being treated and treating others like human beings; it is emancipating ourselves, by ourselves and with our very own efforts; it is challenging the dominant powerful forces within and outside of the social and national arena; it is defending the values one believes in at the cost of any sacrifice; it is modesty, selflessness, altruism, solidarity and heroism; it is fighting with audacity, intelligence and realism; it is never telling a lie or violating ethical principles; it is the profound conviction that there is no force on earth that can crush truth and ideas. Revolution is unity, it is independence, it is fighting for our dreams of justice for Cuba and the world that is the basis of our patriotism, our socialism and our internationalism.

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.

Fellow workers and peasants, this is the socialist and democratic revolution of the working people, with the working people, and for the working people. And for this revolution of the working people, by the working people, and for the working people we are prepared to give our lives.

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!

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

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

Leading a Country

I became a Communist by studying capitalist political economy, and when I had some understanding of that problem, it actually seemed to me so absurd, so irrational, so inhuman, that I simply began to elaborate on my own formulas for production and distribution.

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

The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing - that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world ‒ is what I wish for all.

Here is a conclusion I’ve come to after many years: among all the errors we may have committed, the greatest of them all was that we believed that someone really knew something about socialism, or that someone actually knew how to build socialism.

This country … abounds in that Cuba is a heaven in the spiritual sense of the word, and we prefer to die in heaven than serve in hell.

 

 "Fidel is a man of tremendous personal magnetism, destined to assume the role of leader in any movement in which he takes part."

~ Che Guevara

 

 

 "I wanted to meet you for many reasons, above all, because you are a very brave man."

~ Jawaharlal Nehru

"The most honest, courageous politician I have ever met."

~ Jesse Jackson