Fidel Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz

Fidel
Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
1927
2012

Cuban Marxist Politician, One of the primary leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Prime Minister, President of the Council of State of Cuba, President of Council of Ministers, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba

Author Quotes

Driven to death by that monstrous invention of the United States called the Cuban Adjustment Act.

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

I have a heart of steel.

I think that it has moved the world. It's something extraordinary, something historic.

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.

Let us yield a bit. Let us grant socialism a few more years. Socialism is so obsolete, it is dying by itself.... Did I say socialism? I assure you on my honor this was not a mental slip. This was a slip of the tongue. Do not forget that. Capitalism — and I say it with such gusto — capitalism is so obsolete that it is dying by itself.

Our relations are based on mutual interest and devotion to peace, in the context of cooperation and integration.

Each one of you must go ready to face aggression, harassment, blackmail attempts and bribery. [addressing Cuban athletes before the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games warning them not to defect]

I am appealing to their intelligence.

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

I warn you, I am just beginning! If there is in your hearts a vestige of love for your country, love for humanity, love for justice, listen carefully.... I know that the regime will try to suppress the truth by all possible means; I know that there will be a conspiracy to bury me in oblivion. But my voice will not be stifled — it will rise from my breast even when I feel most alone, and my heart will give it all the fire that callous cowards deny it.... Condemn me. It does not matter. History will absolve me.

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.

Let's hope that, in Cuba's case, God does not 'instruct' Mr. Bush to attack our country but that he rather inspires him to avoid this colossal mistake!

Put an end to the ongoing genocide against the Palestinian people that is taking place while the world stares in amazement.

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.

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

I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib. In personality and in courage, this man is the Himalayas. I have thus had the experience of witnessing the Himalayas.

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'm really happy to reach eighty. I never expected it, not least having a neighbor — the greatest power in the world — trying to kill me every day.

Life has its ups and downs, you can fall down, but you can also get up. I have friends, my daughters and a very great spirit of struggle which is comforting in finding another opportunity. My family has helped me a lot along this road; now I wake up every morning and have the same ambitions that I had a while back.

Quality of life lies in knowledge, in culture. Values are what constitute true quality of life, the supreme quality of life, even above food, shelter and clothing.

For every word you have said -- even those I might disagree with -- on behalf of all the Cuban people, Holy Father, I thank you!

I am going to tell you what I think about this famous commission.

I have reached the conclusion, a bit late perhaps, that speeches should be short. Known for his three-hour speeches, reportedly shortened them to not more than 90 minutes

I was asked by many citizens whether I was going to respond... We are all going to respond!

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First Name
Fidel
Last Name
Castro, fully Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
Birth Date
1927
Death Date
2012
Bio

Cuban Marxist Politician, One of the primary leaders of the Cuban Revolution, Prime Minister, President of the Council of State of Cuba, President of Council of Ministers, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba