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Quotes of the day: Che Guevara

Published Thursday, October 08, 2015 @ 3:19 PM EDT
Oct 08 2015

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.

Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians.

Everything we thought and felt in that past period ought to be deposited in an archive, and a new type of human being created.

Far more important than a good remuneration is the pride of serving one's neighbor.

If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.

Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers.

Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.

Much more definitive and much more lasting than all the gold that one can accumulate is the gratitude of a people.

One must harden without ever losing tenderness.

Real revolutionaries adorn themselves on the inside, not on the surface.

Silence is argument carried out by other means.

The desire to sacrifice an entire lifetime to the noblest of ideals serves no purpose if one works alone.

The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.

The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.

The university cannot be an ivory tower, far away from the society, removed from the practical accomplishments of the Revolution. If such an attitude is maintained, the university will continue giving our society lawyers that we do not need.

We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.

We should not allow the word "democracy" to be utilized apologetically to represent the dictatorship of the exploiting classes.

When forces of oppression come to maintain themselves in power against established law, peace is considered already broken.

Where a government has come into power through some form of popular vote... the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted, since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been exhausted.

Words that do not match deeds are unimportant.


(October 9 is also the birthday of John Lennon.)

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