Fidel Castro Quotes (46 quotes)
“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.”
Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaking about Mujib during the Non-Aligned Summit held in Algiers in 1973.
“They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?”
Statement of 1991, during the fall of USSR.
“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.”
Speech at the First World Congress on Literacy (2 February 2005) paraphrasing a line in John Milton's Paradise Lost; quoted in Granma
“I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement, but we do not have to say that we are anticommunists just to fawn on foreign powers.”
Resignation announcement (17 July 1959)
“A revolution is not a trail of roses.… A revolution is a fight to the death between the future and the past.”
Speech on the second anniversary of the triumph of the revolution (2 January 1961)
“You Americans keep saying that Cuba is ninety miles from the United States. I say that the United States is ninety miles from Cuba and for us, that is worse.”
As quoted in: Herbert L. Matthews, Castro: A Political Biography (1969)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsFidel Castro
Born: August 13, 1926 (age 91)
Bio: Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician, having held the position of Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and then President from 1976 to 2008. He also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from the party's foundation in 1961 until 2011.
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