Che Guevara quotes, phrases, citations and sayings
Che Guevara Quotes
This page is dedicated to ‘Benigno’ …. I am not a liberator.
They do not exist. The People liberate themselves.
In April 1957, also during an asthma attack, Che clashed with soldiers under the command of Sanchez Mosquera. Running out of ammunition, he barely made his way to shelter. “Asthma at first took pity and allowed me to run a few metres, then it took its revenge: my heart thumped as if it were ready to leap out of my chest. Suddenly I heard the crunch of branches but by now I couldn’t even force myself to run. But this time it was one of our new men, who had lost his way.
Seeing me he said: ‘Don’t be afraid, commander, I’ll die by your side!’ The trouble was, I didn’t want to die at all, I’d rather send him to the devil instead. I think that’s what I did in fact.
Che Guevara Quotes
That day it seemed to me that I was a coward.
Q: “Are you a Communist?”
A: “If you consider that the things that we are doing in the people’s interest represent manifestations of communism, then call us communists. If you are asking whether I am a member of the Partido Socialista Popular, the answer is no.”
Q: “Why did you come to Cuba?”
A: “I wanted to take part in the liberation of even a small piece of enslaved Latin America.”
Q: “Do you advocate maintaining relations with Soviet Russia?”
A: “I support the establishment of diplomatic and trade relations with all countries in the world barring exception. I see no reason to exclude a country that respects us and hopes for the victory of our ideals.”
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
When Professor Elias Entralgo from the University of Havana once invited Che to speak to his students and added that a payment of a specific sum would accompany the address, Che answered him in a polite but extremely curt letter:
“You and I have radical differences concerning the proper behavior of a revolutionary leader…. I find it inadmissible that a Party or government figure be offered a monetary remuneration for any kind of work. As far as I personally am concerned, the most treasured of all payments which I have received is the right to belong to the Cuban people, a right which has no equivalent in pesos or centavos.”
Che Guevara Quotes
“We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it, to his home, to his centers of entertainment: a total war. It is necessary to prevent him from having a moment of peace, a quiet moment outside his barracks or even inside; we must attack him wherever he may be, make him feel like a cornered beast wherever he may move. Then his moral fiber shall begin to decline, but we shall notice how the signs of decadence begin to disappear.”
Che Guevara, Message to the Tricontinental
“In a revolution, one triumphs or dies.”
Che Guevara Quote (farewell letter to Fidel Castro; dated April 1, 1965)
“Hatred as an element of the struggle; a relentless hatred of the enemy, impelling us over and beyond the natural limitations that man is heir to and transforming him into an effective, violent, selective and cold killing machine. Our soldiers must be thus; a people without hatred cannot vanquish a brutal enemy.”
Che Guevara (message to the Tricontinental; 1967)
“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.”
“It is better to die standing than to live on your knees.“
“The question is one of fighting the causes and not just the effects. This revolution is bound to fail if it doesn’t succeed in reaching deep inside them, stirring them right down to the bone, and giving them back their stature as human beings. Otherwise, what’s the use?”
“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.”
“Man really attains the state of complete humanity when he produces, without being forced by physical need to sell himself as a commodity.”
“Let me say at the risk of seeming ridiculous that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.”
“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.”
“The guerrilla band is not to be considered inferior to the army against which it fights simply because it is inferior in fire power.”
“Guerrilla warfare is used by the side which is supported by a majority but which possesses a much smaller number of arms for use in defense against oppression.”
(from Guerrilla Warfare, 1960)
“Let’s be realistic, demand the impossible!”
We must struggle every day so that this love for humanity becomes a reality.