When the Revolution triumphed in 1959, our island was a true Yankee colony. The United States had duped and disarmed our Liberation Army. One couldn't speak of developed agriculture, but of immense plantations exploited on the base of manual and animal labour that in general used neither fertilizers nor machinery.

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Profession: President
Nationality: Cuban

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A revolution is not a bed of roses.

Nothing in the world is irreversible, not even capitalism.

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

I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.

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I believe Karl Marx could have subscribed to the Sermon on the Mount.

The Revolution did not assume a socialist nature because of support from the U.S.S.R.; it was the other way around: support from the U.S.S.R. was produced by the socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution. To such a degree, that when the U.S.S.R. disappears, Cuba keeps on being socialist.

Twenty-six million Russians died in the defense of their homeland against the Nazis.

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

The lies of the empire and the treason of the quislings shall be defeated.

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

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

Experience acquired in the heroic battle against Batista's tyranny showed that the enemy, no matter what his strength, could not defeat the Cuban people.

Cuba came to be the last country to get rid of Spanish colonialism and the first to shake off the heinous imperialist tutelage.