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Fidel Quotes By Ira Carmen

You know who has tenure? The pope has tenure. The Queen of England has tenure. So does Fidel and the communists - because they represent the people, of course (scoff). Federal judges have tenure as well - no federal judge has ever successfully been removed. And then there's the college professors. Me. How do you like that? — Ira Carmen

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

If someone is responsible, it's me, — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The percentage of mentally disturbed people in the United States is very high. From the time the American gets up in the morning, he feels as if someone is trying to influence his will in some way: he is a person with a thousand pressures. The Americans live under a great strain ... and have great feelings of frustration. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The first thing dictators do is finish free press, to establish censorship. There is no doubt that a free press is the first enemy of dictatorship. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Gustavo Perez Firmat

There's a Cuban saying: Bicho malo nunca muere. Loose translation: The good die young but the wicked live forever. It seems to apply to Fidel. I hope it applies to me. — Gustavo Perez Firmat

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

We have the lowest student-teacher ratio and spend five times as much on schools than war - the opposite of what the United States does. [explaining why Cuba has the highest literacy in the world] — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Albert Belle

There were so many Cuban-Americans upset that we were going to Cuba and I was curious to see why they were so angry, and anti-Castro. I found out as soon as we got there. The people were treated terrible. The conditions were terrible. I can see why people risk their lives and limbs to get out. (Fidel Castro) lives like a king and won't help anybody, and has everybody scared to death. Nobody lives a normal life. It was still a good experience, but I thought we should just play that one game. — Albert Belle

Fidel Quotes By Donald Jeffries

In a June 25, 2010, Washington Post article, the CIA acknowledged officially
discussing the creation of a video of a fake Saddam Hussein having sex with a
teenage boy in order to discredit him in the eyes of the Iraqi people. Evidently,
the Agency did create a video of a fake Osama Bin Laden drinking liquor
around a campfire with his cronies, bragging about their conquests of young
boys. The article quoted an anonymous former CIA officer "chuckling" at the
memory, and declaring that the actors used in the video were drawn from
"some of us darker-skinned employees." These ridiculous clandestine ideas
brought to mind the childish efforts to assassinate Fidel Castro forty years
earlier. — Donald Jeffries

Fidel Quotes By Rafael Cruz

Why do you think there's so many thousands of Cuban doctors in Florida? Because they all had to leave Cuba. Because doctors were rich, and so the [Fidel] Castro government began confiscating all their property. Not much different from this plan to tax you at a higher rate if you and your family, you and your spouse make over $250,000. You're rich! So they must confiscate more your money. — Rafael Cruz

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I have reached the conclusion, a bit late perhaps, that speeches should be short. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Nowhere in the world, in no act of genocide, in no war, are so many people killed per minute, per hour and per day as those who are killed by hunger and poverty on our planet. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

If we wish to express what we want the men of future generations to be, we must say: Let them be like Che! If we wish to say how we want our children to be educated, we must say without hesitation: We want them to be educated in Che's spirit! If we want the model of a man, who does not belong to our times but to the future, I say from the depths of my heart that such a model, without a single stain on his conduct, without a single stain on his action, is Che! — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

So these Red Sox ... are they a Communist organization? — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The fact is, when men carry the same ideals in their hearts, nothing can isolate them - neither prison walls nor the sod of cemeteries. For single memory, a single spirit, a single idea, a single conscience, a single dignity will sustain them all. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I am not a dictator, and I do not think I will become one. I will not maintain power with a machine gun. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The truth is that after several decades of neoliberalism, the rich are becoming increasingly richer while the poor are both more numerous and increasingly poorer. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

If religious feeling is put in opposition to social change, then it does become an opium, but if it is joined to the struggle for social change then it is a wonderful medicine. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Lamar Waldron

Until all the files are released, former officials and CIA personnel will continue to say or imply that Fidel killed JFK, thus perpetuating the fifty-plus-year Cold War with Cuba — Lamar Waldron

Fidel Quotes By John Lennon

All the revolutions have happened when a Fidel or Marx or Lenin or whatever, who were intellectuals, were able to get through to the workers. They got a good pocket of people together and the workers seemed to understand that they were in a repressed state. — John Lennon

Fidel Quotes By Jeffrey Goldberg

I think Fidel [Castro] has a stronger allergy to the market than his brother, but he is not getting in the way of what his brother is implementing. — Jeffrey Goldberg

Fidel Quotes By Assata Shakur

Usually, after a disagreement, they suggested i read this or that, often Marx, Lenin, or Engels. I preferred Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il Sung, Che, or Fidel, but i ended up having to get into Marx and Lenin just to understand a lot of the speeches and stuff Huey Newton was putting out. — Assata Shakur

Fidel Quotes By Steven Bauer

I'm actually Cuban-born, born in 1956, the year Fidel Castro came into power, and my father moved my family to Miami a few years later when things were starting to look bad. — Steven Bauer

Fidel Quotes By Ozzie Guillen

I love Fidel Castro, I respect Fidel Castro, you know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf****r is still here. — Ozzie Guillen

Fidel Quotes By Elliott Abrams

There are examples of fraternal dictatorships, or one, anyway: the passing of power from Fidel to Raul Castro. — Elliott Abrams

Fidel Quotes By F. Sionil Jose

A virtuoso performance. Scott Thompson's biography of the soldier statesman Fidel V. Ramos illustrates the fascinating and complex geography of Filipino politics and its relation with the American hegemon. It's first-rate scholarship and equally first-rate writing. — F. Sionil Jose

Fidel Quotes By David Horowitz

They are for 'freedom' when it is freedom to kill third-term fetuses or engage in same-sex marriages or stuff coke up their noses; they do not define freedom as anything to do with captive peoples around the world having the chance to escape the tyrannies that constrain them. They like Fidel because he is a thorn in America's side and a sort of dime-store existentialist, and they rhapsodize about his spreading of literacy in Cuba without considering the fact that at the same time that he teaches people to read he tortures writers like Armando Valladares whose books he doesn't like. — David Horowitz

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I don't think it is so difficult to solve the problems between Cuba and the United States; it all depends on whether there is a dialogue, a discussion, or if the prejudices and hatred of people like the extremists and terrorists from the Cuban community, who try to impose their policies, prevail. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Lamar Waldron

As several historians have pointed out, it would have made little sense for Fidel to do something that would risk having his country invaded in retaliation, just to make Lyndon Johnson President. — Lamar Waldron

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Cuba has the cleanest and most-educated prostitutes in the world. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

We are going to give a little something, a few little years more, to socialism, because socialism is defunct. It dies all by itself. The bad thing is that socialism, being a victim of its ... Did I say socialism? — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I would not vote for the mayor. It's not just because he didn't invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

How can we help President Obama? — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I will not speak of him as if he were absent, he has not been and he will never be. These are not mere words of consolation. Only those of us who feel it truly and permanently in the depths of our souls can comprehend this. Physical life is ephemeral, it passes inexorably ... This truth should be taught to every human being
that the immortal values of the spirit are above physical life. What sense does life have without these values? What then is it to live? Those who understand this and generously sacrifice their physical life for the sake of good and justice
how can they die? God is the supreme idea of goodness and justice. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

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. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Chuck Palahniuk

I think a lot of people saw 'Fight Club' and thought, 'Right, here's our next Che Guevara, here's our next Fidel Castro, here's someone who's going to wave the flag.' And I was like, 'No, it's just a book. And if I beat that drum, if I play that song one more time, I won't have a career.' — Chuck Palahniuk

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America? — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Bill O'Reilly

I know that Oswald killed Kennedy. Now, was he pushed? Encouraged to do it by outsiders? Possibly. Possibly. Was he sitting down with Fidel Castro? No. — Bill O'Reilly

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I believe that all of us ought to retire relatively young. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

North Americans don't understand ... that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I am someone who's been in politics for 43 years and I know what I'm doing and what I should do. Have no doubt that I know how to tell the truth and to do so elegantly. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Ignorance is the root of many ills. Knowledge must be the fundamental ally of nations that aspire, despite all their tragedies and problems, to become truly emancipated, to build a better world. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Mark Falcoff

As long as Fidel Castro is alive we [the American Government] will not normalize relations with Cuba. We don't want it, and he certainly doesn't. — Mark Falcoff

Fidel Quotes By Mark Falcoff

Most people who know Cuba think Raul [Castro] would like to make more changes but has not done so yet because his brother, who is ideologically opposed to them, is still alive. What he will do when Fidel dies remains to be seen. — Mark Falcoff

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Hysterical? Neuractic? I am all that ain't more than juggernaut! — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

There is often talk of human rights, but it is also necessary to talk of the rights of humanity. Why should some people walk barefoot, so that others can travel in luxurious cars? Why should some live for thirty-five years, so that others can live for seventy years? Why should some be miserably poor, so that others can be hugely rich? I speak on behalf of the children in the world who do not have a piece of bread. I speak on the behalf of the sick who have no medicine, of those whose rights to life and human dignity have been denied. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Anthony Obi Ogbo

The charismatic portrait of the modern leadership looks nothing like Fidel Castro. It is a faceless portrait that epitomizes the toughness of Ronald Reagan, Nelson Mandela's charisma, and the most compassionate heart of Mother Theresa. — Anthony Obi Ogbo

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Assata Shakur

Fidel, in a speech, had told the people, We are all Afro-Cubans, from the very lightest to the very darkest. — Assata Shakur

Fidel Quotes By Theodore Dalrymple

Flea markets are also now legal in Cuba, and a petty trade in cast-off clothing and household goods takes place. Twelve years ago it was unthinkable for anyone to buy or sell anything in the open, for buying and selling were symptoms of bourgeois individualism and contrary to Fidel's socialist vision, in which everything is to be rationed - rationally, as it were - according to need. (In practice, of course, this meant rationing according to what there was, which was not much.) — Theodore Dalrymple

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

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. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

A smart policy should be one that tends to receive the capitals, pays the price for that capital - which is the interest - returns the capital and in the end the factories, the industries, are left to remain in the country. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I never perceived a contradiction in the political revolutionary field between the ideas I maintained and the idea of that symbol, that extraordinary figure who had been so familiar to me since I began to reason. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Monte Irvin

I played for Almendares in Cuba. Guess who was trying out for the team? Castro. Fidel Castro, as a pitcher. He could throw pretty hard, but he was wild. He didn't have any control. — Monte Irvin

Fidel Quotes By Tom Wolfe

The greatest promotion I ever had on a newspaper was when 'The Washington Post' suddenly promoted me from city-side general assignment reporter to Latin American correspondent and sent me off to Cuba. Fidel Castro had just come to power. It was a very exciting assignment, but also very serious. — Tom Wolfe

Fidel Quotes By Conan O'Brien

Fidel Castro declared that a robot would do a better job as president than Barack Obama. After hearing this, Mitt Romney thanked Castro for his endorsement. — Conan O'Brien

Fidel Quotes By Evo Morales

There are countries that send us garbage. There are countries that send us their outdated technology as their cooperation. With Fidel [Castro] it is totally different. Fidel is the first and the best one to stand for peace in the world denouncing the interventionist policies of the U.S. — Evo Morales

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Someday, the capitalist system will disappear in the United States, because no social class system has been eternal. One day, class societies will disappear. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Yoga does things with the human body that defy the imagination. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By John Gimlette

I have real fears for Cuba based on the South American experience. Where you have had such a stern regime, as Fidel's [Castro], there is no culture of politics. — John Gimlette

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

A revolution is not a bed of roses. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Mal Peet

The US military and the CIA got busy working on plans for the conquest of Cuba. And it would be no Mickey Mouse boat operation this time. This time, Fidel Castro and his hairy henchmen would find out what it felt like to have American fighter-bombers drop the fires of hell on their heads three hundred times a day. — Mal Peet

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Rachel Kushner

It's no secret that Cuba is a typical Latin American culture in that it has a fair amount of homophobia. Homosexuals have been notoriously persecuted under Fidel's government. — Rachel Kushner

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

We need a Nuremberg to put on trial the economic order that they have imposed on us, that every three years kills more men, women and children by hunger and preventable or curable diseases than the death toll in six years of the second world war. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Elian Gonzalez

I don't profess to have any religion, but if I did, my God would be Fidel Castro. He is like a ship that knew to take his crew on the right path. — Elian Gonzalez

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Condemn me, it does not matter: history will absolve me. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Alma Guillermoprieto

I realized that I had traveled to Havana during what now seems like the childhood of the Cuban Revolution, if you think that Fidel has now been in power for 44 extremely long years. I started looking at the revolution as history, and not as part of the daily news. — Alma Guillermoprieto

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I promise all Cuban mothers that I will never will make them weep. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Were Kennedy not a millionaire, illiterate and ignorant, then he would obviously understand that you cannot revolt against the peasants. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

No government can sell its nation on the backs of its people. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Francis Fukuyama

As a result of their own experience in a country with historical social mobility, American policy makers are often blind to deeply embedded social stratifications that characterize other societies. The only successful political revolution in the western hemisphere that also resulted in a social revolution was that of Fidel Castro's Cuba in 1959, a revolution that the United States spent the next fifty-plus years trying to contain or reverse. — Francis Fukuyama

Fidel Quotes By Robert Pastor

Regan blamed President Kennedy for not saving Cuba when he had the chance: 'We have seen an American President walk all the way to the barricade in the Cuban Missile Crisis and lack the will to take the final step to make it successful.' Presumably, the 'final step' would have been an invasion to remove Fidel Castro. — Robert Pastor

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The duty of every revolutionary is to make revolution — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn't work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Bob Dylan

I like Fidel Castro and his beard. — Bob Dylan

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

We are not only a Latin American nation, we are an Afro-American nation also. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore, — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The Alliance for Progress is an alliance between one millionaire and many beggars. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Everyone is a poet at 16, but how many are poets at 50? Generally, people seem to get more conservative as they age, but in my case, I seem to have gotten more radical. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Warfare is a means and not an end. Warfare is a tool of revolutionaries. The important thing is the revolution. The important thing is the revolutionary cause, revolutionary ideas, revolutionary objectives, revolutionary sentiments, revolutionary virtues! — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

This country is heaven, in the spiritual sense of the word. And I say, we prefer to die in heaven than survive in hell. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Hank Bracker

January 8, 1959; Castro enters Havana
On January 8, 1959, Fidel made his grand entrance into Havana. With his son Fidelito at his side, he rode on top of a Sherman tank to Camp Columbia, where he gave the first of his long, rambling, difficult-to-endure speeches. It was broadcast on radio and television for the entire world to witness. For the Cubans it was what they had waited for! During the speech, smiling Castro asked Camilo Cienfuegos, "How am I doing?" and the catch phrase "Voy bien, Camilo" was born. — Hank Bracker

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

U.S. leaders should think that if they are aiding terrorist plans to eliminate Cuban leaders, they themselves will not be safe, — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Harry Belafonte

If you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, if you believe in people's rights, if you believe in the harmony of all humankind - then you have no choice but to back Fidel Castro as long as it takes! — Harry Belafonte

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

Sovereignty is not negotiated in exchange for anything; to maintain the achievements of the revolution does not depend on a foreign power. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

There is nothing more agreeable than having a place where one can throw on the floor as many cigar butts as one pleases without the subconscious fear of a maid who is waiting like a sentinel to place an ashtray where the ashes are going to fall. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Marcus Sakey

Revolution? You're an idiot. You don't even know what that word means. Forget your precious Mao and Che and Fidel. If they've appeared on a T-shirt, they haven't changed shit. You want revolution, look at Alexander Fleming. Penicillin transformed the world in ways Lenin and Washington only dreamt of. Now sit down and shut up, you autocratic frat boy. It's adult swim. — Marcus Sakey

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief. — Fidel Castro

Fidel Quotes By Fidel Castro

The societies of consumption and squandering of material resources are incompatible with the idea of economic growth and a clean planet. — Fidel Castro