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“Che” Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, writer, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become an everywhere countercultural symbol of rebellion and a global symbol in popular culture.
I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.
I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.
I am not a Liberator. Liberators don’t exist. The people liberate themselves.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
Many will call me an adventurer, and that I am…only one of a different sort: one who risks his skin to prove his truths.
Che Guevara Quotes
If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.
The man really attains the state of complete humanity when he produces, without being forced by the physical need to sell himself as a commodity.
If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.
Silence is a continuation of the dispute by other means.
Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary.
We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
Hatred is an element of struggle; relentless hatred of the enemy that impels us over and beyond the natural limitations of man and transforms us into effective, violent, selective, and cold killing machines. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.
We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without a struggle.
I will always dream and will never stop until I am dead.
I have a wish. It is a fear as well – that my end will be my beginning.
I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution passion and audacity are required in big doses.
The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day to day.
The life of a single human being is worth more than all property of the richest man on earth.
The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view.
Let the world change you and you can change the world.
This journey has only served to confirm this belief, that the division of America into unstable and illusory nations is complete fiction. We are one single mestizo race with remarkable ethnographic similarities, from Mexico down to Magellan Straits.
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
If you become furious with every injustice, then you are my friend.
Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his platitudes.
Be realistic, demand the impossible.
When I began to study medicine most of the concepts I now have as a revolutionary were then absent from my warehouse of ideals. I wanted to be successful, as everyone does. I used to dream of being a famous researcher, of working tirelessly to achieve something that could, decidedly, be placed at the service of mankind, but which was at that time all about personal triumph. I was, as we all are, a product of my environment.
Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers.
If I lose, it will not mean that it was impossible to win.
The peasant must always be helped technically, economically, morally, and culturally. The guerrilla fighter will be a sort of guiding angel who has fallen into the zone, helping the poor always and bothering the rich as little as possible in the first phases of the war.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.
I now know by an unbelievable coincidence of fate that I am destined to travel.
In a revolution, one triumphs or dies.
Every day people straighten up their hair, why not the heart?
Silence is an argument carried out by other means.
And then many things became very clear… we learned perfectly that the life of a single human being is worth millions of times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
Against brute force and injustice, the People will have the last word, that of Victory.
The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: is to see human beings liberated from their alienation.
Better to die standing, than to live on your knees.
I would rather die standing up to live life on my knees.
How easy it is to govern when one follows a system of consulting the will of the people and one holds as the only norm all the actions which contribute to the well-being of the people.
It’s not my fault if reality is Marxist.
Remember that the revolution is what is important, and each one of us, alone, is worth nothing.
The walls of the educational system must come down. Education should not be a privilege, so the children of those who have money can study.
The people’s heroes cannot be separated from the people, cannot be elevated onto a pedestal, into something alien to the lives of that people.
Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.
It is unnecessary to say that Fidel Castro possesses the high qualities of a fighter and statesman: our path, our struggle, and our triumph we owed to his vision.
I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people.
The only passion that guides me is for the truth…I look at everything from this point of view.
I would rather die standing up to live life than die on my knees.
I had a project for my life that involved 10 years of wandering, then some years of medical studies and, if any time was left, the great adventure of physics.
There is no other definition of socialism valid for us than that of the abolition of the exploitation of man by man.
This revolution has always relied on the willingness of the Cuban people.
Every person has the truth in his heart. No matter how complicated his circumstances, no matter how others look at him from the outside, and no matter how deep or shallow the truth dwells in his heart, once his heart is pierced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser.
It is important to emphasize that guerrilla warfare is a war of the masses, a war of the people. The guerrilla band is an armed nucleus, the fighting vanguard of the people. It draws its great force from the mass of the people themselves.
I will fight with all the weapons within my reach rather than let myself be nailed to a cross or whatever.
If you can tremble with indignation every time an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.
You can live by your own rules.
There are no boundaries in this struggle to death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, for a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory; just as any country’s defeat is a defeat for all of us.
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
Our efforts are focused on the push for unity amongst the world’s underdeveloped nations in order to present a coherent front.
We are overcome by anguish at this illogical moment of humanity.
Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.
The best form of saying is being.
It’s one of those times when one has to take big decisions; this type of struggle affords us the chance to become revolutionaries, the highest stage of human development, and it also gives us the chance to graduate as men.
I have a wish. It is a fear as well – that my end will be my beginning.
Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature.
A country that does not know how to read and write is easy to deceive.
To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We execute from revolutionary conviction!
Let’s be realistic. Let’s do the impossible.
I could become very rich in Guatemala but by the low method of ratifying my title, opening a clinic, and specializing in allergies. To do that would be the most horrible betrayal of the two ‘I’s’ struggling inside me: the socialist and the traveler.
The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.
Much more valuable than rural recruits for our Cuban guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda.
We must eliminate all newspapers; we cannot make a revolution with a free press.
I would probably have more in common with a whale than with a bourgeois married couple employed at worthy institutions that I would wipe from the face of the earth if it was given to me to do so.
I now know, by almost fatalistic conformity with the facts, that my destiny is to travel.
A political event was when I met Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary. He is a young, intelligent guy, very sure of himself and extraordinarily audacious; I think we hit it off well.
The revolution is made through human beings, but individuals must forge their revolutionary spirit day by day.
Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates! Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work, and military service. Youth should learn to think and act as a mass.
One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness.
The guerrilla fighters should be required to go to bed and get up at fixed hours. Games that have no social function and that hurt the morale of the troops and the consumption of alcoholic drinks should both be prohibited.
I finally felt lifted definitively away on the winds of adventure toward worlds I envisaged would be stranger than they were, into situations I imagined would be much more normal than they turned out to be.
We executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct many investigations.
The first commandment for every good explorer is that an expedition has two points: the point of departure and the point of arrival. If your intention is to make the second theoretical point coincide with the actual point of arrival, don’t think about the means — because the journey is a virtual space that finishes when it finishes, and there are as many means as there are different ways of ‘finishing.’ That is to say, the means are endless.
What we affirm is that we must proceed along the path of liberation even if this costs millions of atomic victims.
What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two: melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.
The man truly achieves his full human condition when he produces without being compelled by the physical necessity of selling himself as a commodity.
My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid color of gunpowder and blood…. I’d like to confess, Papa, at the moment I discovered that I really like killing.
If the missiles had remained we would have used them against the very heart of the United States, including New York We must never establish peaceful coexistence.
This is not a story of heroic feats or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.
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