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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Fidel Castro on politics, conflict, society, poverty, war, oppression, illness, hunger, power, culture and revolution.

138 Most Memorable Quotes By Fidel Castro

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Cuban Revolutionary Leader

Born On
13 August 1926 AD

Died On
26 November 2016 AD

Born In
Birán, Cuba

Died At Age
90

Fidel Castro was the Prime Minister and President of Republic of Cuba, who ruled the country for more than three decades. Under his influence, Cuba transformed into a single party socialist state. Castro imparted Marxist-Leninist ideologies in various political, industrial and economical reforms in the country. Fidel Castro single handedly transformed a small Caribbean island tagged as the ‘banana republic’ into a global force of reckoning. As a result, he became a towering and iconic figure in Cuba. There is a school of thought which terms Castro as a power-mad dictator, while others claim him to be the champion of people. His leadership style is often compared with the likes of totalitarian leaders such as Mussolini, Stalin and Hitler. Here are some of the most eloquent quotes from this celebrated leader from Central America, giving us an insight on his life, thoughts and work. Presenting the most famous quotations and thoughts by Fidel Castro.

The U.S.S.R. had absolutely nothing to do with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution.

- Fidel Castro

Experience acquired in the heroic battle against Batista's tyranny showed that the enemy, no matter what his strength, could not defeat the Cuban people.

- Fidel Castro

I see Libya as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and a sovereign State of the nearly 200 members of the United Nations.

- Fidel Castro

The world has not yet reached the point which, in my view, is an essential condition for the survival of our human species: access by all the peoples to the material resources of this planet.

- Fidel Castro

Although we resolutely supported the armed struggle against Batista's tyranny, we were, on principle, opposed to any terrorist action that could cause the death of innocent people.

- Fidel Castro

The traditional stand adopted by the Cuban Revolution, which was always opposed to any action that could jeopardize the life of civilians, is well known.

- Fidel Castro

The last time I visited Qaddafi was in May of 2001, 15 years after Reagan attacked his rather modest residence where he took me to show me how it had been left.

- Fidel Castro

Oil has become the principal wealth in the hands of the great Yankee transnationals; through this energy source, they had an instrument that considerably expanded their political power in the world.

- Fidel Castro

Peoples do not defy repression and death, nor do they remain for nights on end protesting energetically, just because of merely formal matters.

- Fidel Castro

The United States is supplying the most modern and sophisticated weaponry to Israel to the tune of billions of dollars every year.

- Fidel Castro

Mubarak was oppressing and pillaging his own people. He was an enemy to the Palestinians and an accomplice of Israel, the sixth nuclear power on the planet, associated with the war-mongering NATO group.

- Fidel Castro

The United States never stopped conspiring against the Arab world, which holds the largest oil reserves on the planet.

- Fidel Castro

The death of Abdel Nasser on September 28, 1970, was an irreversible setback for Egypt.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

Many things shall change in Cuba, but they shall change because of our efforts and despite the United States. Perhaps that empire shall crumble first.

- Fidel Castro

NATO's brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression known in the history of humankind.

- Fidel Castro

The United States tyrannizes and pillages the globalized world with its political, economic, technological, and military might.

- Fidel Castro

Even in the United States, the enslavement of African descendants continued until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. That brutal form of slavery was abolished there hardly thirty years before it was abolished in Cuba.

- Fidel Castro

Social struggles have been taking place throughout millennia, since human beings, by resorting to wars, were able to take hold of a surplus production to satisfy the essential needs of life.

- Fidel Castro

For revolutionary Cubans, to cooperate with other poor and exploited peoples has always been a political principle and a duty towards humanity.

- Fidel Castro

Cuba came to be the last country to get rid of Spanish colonialism and the first to shake off the heinous imperialist tutelage.

- Fidel Castro

Our Revolution emerged where it was least expected by the empire, in a hemisphere where it was used to acting like an all-powerful master.

- Fidel Castro

No political event can be judged outside of the era and the circumstances in which it took place.

- Fidel Castro

Xi Jinping is one of the strongest and most capable revolutionary leaders I have met in my life.

- Fidel Castro

Chinese combatants, men and women, inheritors of a millennial culture, are people of uncommon intelligence and an invincible spirit of struggle.

- Fidel Castro

Twenty-six million Russians died in the defense of their homeland against the Nazis.

- Fidel Castro

Cuba never had advisors in Vietnam. The military there knew very well how to conduct their war.

- Fidel Castro

Defending peace is the duty of all.

- Fidel Castro

We do not need the empire to give us anything.

- Fidel Castro

None of us is designed for the role we must assume in a revolutionary society, although Cubans had the privilege of Jose Marti's example.

- Fidel Castro

To our brothers in Latin America and the world, we must convey that the Cuban people will overcome.

- Fidel Castro

Without a tutor to help me in the study of Marxism-Leninism, I was no more than a theorist and, of course, had total confidence in the Soviet Union.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

The existing world economic order constitutes a system of plundering and exploitation like no other in history. Thus, the peoples believe less and less in statements and promises.

- Fidel Castro

It is a fundamental principle of criminal law that an imputed offense must correspond exactly to the type of crime described by law. If no law applies exactly to the point in question, then there is no offense.

- Fidel Castro

I am a just man.

- Fidel Castro

Homeland or death! Socialism or death! We shall overcome!

- Fidel Castro

Soon, I'll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Communists will remain.

- Fidel Castro

Our position is that we do not accept conditions of any kind which may affect the independence and sovereignty of our country just with the view to solve economic problems existing between the United States and Cuba.

- Fidel Castro

In my next incarnation, I want to be a writer.

- Fidel Castro

I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount.

- Fidel Castro

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.

- Fidel Castro

The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

The unyielding resistance of the Cuban patriots is symbolized by our 5 Heroes. They shall never back down! They shall never surrender!

- Fidel Castro

Venezuela, given its extraordinary educational, cultural, and social developments, and its vast energy and natural resources, is called on to become a revolutionary model for the world.

- Fidel Castro

It constitutes a superhuman effort to lead any people in times of crisis. Without them, the changes would be impossible.

- Fidel Castro

You may agree or not with Gaddafi's political ideas, but no one has the right to question the existence of Libya as an independent state and member of the United Nations.

- Fidel Castro

Every citizen has the real right to receive general education and professional training at no cost, something that the United States has not been able to ensure for all its inhabitants.

- Fidel Castro

Marx and Engels never talked about murdering the bourgeois. According to the old bourgeois concept, the judges were the ones who judged, and the executioners were the ones who executed.

- Fidel Castro

We are proud of the history of our country; we learned it in school and have grown up hearing of freedom, justice and human rights.

- Fidel Castro

There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.

- Fidel Castro

Cynicism is something which has become symbolic of imperial policy.

- Fidel Castro

No one even knows one percent of the fabulous history of Man; but thanks to history, we know about occurrences that go beyond the limits of the imaginable.

- Fidel Castro

England was the first true colonial power to use its dominion over a large part of Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, North America, and many Caribbean islands, in the first half of the 20th century.

- Fidel Castro

I was born in a territory called Biran, in the eastern region of Cuba. It's known by that name, although it has never appeared on a map.

- Fidel Castro

The prestige of the international financial institutions rates less than zero.

- Fidel Castro

The lies of the empire and the treason of the quislings shall be defeated.

- Fidel Castro

The human being is a strange mixture of blind instinct, on one hand, and conscience, on the other.

- Fidel Castro

The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, not in the least resolved, which is suffered by humankind: climate change.

- Fidel Castro

I will never retire from politics, the revolution, or the ideas I have.

- Fidel Castro

It doesn't sound too good to say I am the son of a landowner, so let us rather say I am the grandson of exploited Galician peasants.

- Fidel Castro

We do not exploit our dolphins for profit.

- Fidel Castro

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.

- Fidel Castro

What prevails in every corner of this globalized world is the real struggle of our species for its own survival.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

Following the missile crisis, detente started to gain ground between the United States and the Soviet Union, so the international political climate improved after that.

- Fidel Castro

At times, I've referred to Christ's miracles, and have said, 'Well, Christ multiplied the fish and the loaves to feed the people. That is precisely what we want to do with the Revolution and socialism.'

- Fidel Castro

Nature teaches us that tens of billions of light years may have passed, and life in all of its expressions has always been subjected to an incredible combination of matter and radiation.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

I was not the son of a worker or lacking in material or social resources for a relatively comfortable existence; I could say I miraculously escaped wealth.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

The Arab population of Palestine are victims of genocidal actions; their lands are confiscated or deprived of water supplies in the semi-desert areas, and their homes are destroyed with heavy wrecking equipment.

- Fidel Castro

Religious faith, like political belief, should be based on reasoning, on the development of thought and feelings. The two things are inseparable.

- Fidel Castro

The people respect and believe in men who fulfill their duty.

- Fidel Castro

The people of Egypt are an intelligent people with a glorious history who left their mark on civilization.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

None of us has any personal interest above the interests of the country. Our country is more important than our careers.

- Fidel Castro

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.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

Something must be done to save humanity! A better world is possible!

- Fidel Castro

Nothing in the world is irreversible, not even capitalism.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

A revolution is not a bed of roses.

- Fidel Castro

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.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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.

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro

I have always fought for concrete facts, for justice.

- Fidel Castro

How can we help President Obama?

- Fidel Castro

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

- Fidel Castro