I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate
does not matter how small you are if
not shape destiny. Destiny produces
the man for the hour.
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
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
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
fills us with instincts; it is
education that fills us with
never saw a contradiction between
the ideas that sustain me and
the ideas of Jesus Christ.
revolution is not a trail of roses.
A revolution is a fight to the death
between the future and the past.
revolution is a dictatorship of the
exploited against the exploiters.
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.
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.
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
sentiments, revolutionary virtues!
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
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.
not a dictator, and I do not think I
will become one. I will not maintain
power with a machine gun.
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.
is a conclusion Ive 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.
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.