68 Best Che Guevara Quotes

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, writer, 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.

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68 Best Che Guevara Quotes

1. “A country that does not know how to read and write is easy to deceive.” ― Che Guevara

2. “Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.” ― Che Guevara

3. “Let the world change you and you can change the world.” ― Che Guevara

4. “If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.” ― Che Guevara

5. “Every day you have to fight so that love for humanity can be transformed into concrete deeds, into acts that set an example that mobilize.” ― Che Guevara

6. “The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view.” ― Che Guevara

7. “I have a wish. It as fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning.” ― Che Guevara

8. “I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.” ― Che Guevara

9. “Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.” ― Che Guevara

10. “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.” ― Che Guevara

11. “The walls of the educational system must come down. Education should not be a privilege, so the children of those who have money can study.” ― Che Guevara

12. “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.” ― Che Guevara

13. “Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers.” ― Che Guevara

14. “Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians.” ― Che Guevara

15. “The world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny.” ― Che Guevara

16. “And then many things became very clear… we learned perfectly that the life of a single human being is worth millions of times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.” ― Che Guevara

17. “I have a wish. It as a fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning.” ― Che Guevara

18. “Above all, try always to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world. It is the most beautiful quality of a revolutionary.” ― Che Guevara

19. “Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals!” ― Che Guevara

20. “To accomplish much you must first lose everything.” ― Che Guevara

21. “Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart?” ― Che Guevara

22. “I could become very rich in Guatemala but by the low method of ratifying my title, opening a clinic, and specializing in allergies. To do that would be the most horrible betrayal of the two ‘I’s’ struggling inside me: the socialist and the traveler.” ― Che Guevara

23. “I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” ― Che Guevara

24. “It’s not my fault if reality is Marxist.” ― Che Guevara

25. “I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.” ― Che Guevara

26. “Every person has the truth in his heart. No matter how complicated his circumstances, no matter how others look at him from the outside, and no matter how deep or shallow the truth dwells in his heart, once his heart is pieced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser.” ― Che Guevara

27. “We are overcome by anguish at this illogical moment of humanity.” ― Che Guevara

28. “The merit of Marx is that he suddenly produces a qualitative change in the history of social thought. He interprets history, understands its dynamic, predicts the future, but in addition to predicting it (which would satisfy his scientific obligation), he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny.” ― Che Guevara

29. “A new era will dawn in Africa, when the impoverished masses of a nation rise up to rescue their right to a decent life from the hands of the ruling oligarchies.” ― Che Guevara

30. “I would rather die standing up to live life on my knees.” ― Che Guevara

31. “Words that do not match deeds are not important.” ― Che Guevara

32. “One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth in order to avoid dogmatic extremes, cold scholasticism, or an isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity is transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force.” ― Che Guevara

33. “My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood… Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl!” ― Che Guevara

34. “The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day to day.” ― Che Guevara

35. “Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men – how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom?” ― Che Guevara

36. “I would probably have more in common with a whale than with a bourgeois married couple employed at worthy institutions that I would wipe from the face of the earth if it was given to me to do so.” ― Che Guevara

37. “We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.” ― Che Guevara

38. “It is important to emphasize that guerrilla warfare is a war of the masses, a war of the people. 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.” ― Che Guevara

39. “The peasant must always be helped technically, economically, morally and culturally. The guerrilla fighter will be a sort of guiding angel who has fallen into the zone, helping the poor always and bothering the rich as little as possible in the first phases of the war.” ― Che Guevara

40. “It is unnecessary to say that Fidel Castro possesses the high qualities of a fighter and statesman: our path, our struggle, and our triumph we owed to his vision.” ― Che Guevara

41. “Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution, passion and audacity are required in big doses.” ― Che Guevara

42. “Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.” ― Che Guevara

43. “Words without deeds are worthless.” ― Che Guevara

44. “Democracy is not compatible with financial oligarchy.” ― Che Guevara

45. “To execute a man we don’t need proof of his guilt. We only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him. It’s that simple.” ― Che Guevara

46. “The negro is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.” ― Che Guevara

47. “The best form of saying is being.” ― Che Guevara

48. “We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle.” ― Che Guevara

49. “Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature.” ― Che Guevara

50. “I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.” ― Che Guevara

51. “It’s a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies.” ― Che Guevara

52. “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the The Wall!” ― Che Guevara

53. “The ***** is indolent and lazy, and spends his money on frivolities, whereas the European is forward-looking, organized and intelligent.” ― Che Guevara

54. “In a revolution, one triumphs or dies.” ― Che Guevara

55. “I had a project for my life which involved 10 years of wandering, then some years of medical studies and, if any time was left, the great adventure of physics.” ― Che Guevara

56. “Better to die standing, than to live on your knees.” ― Che Guevara

57. “A political event was that I met Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary. He is a young, intelligent guy, very sure of himself and extraordinarily audacious; I think we hit it off well.” ― Che Guevara

58. “The guerrilla fighters should be required to go to bed and get up at fixed hours. Games that have no social function and that hurt the morale of the troops and the consumption of alcoholic drinks should both be prohibited.” ― Che Guevara

59. “Remember that the revolution is what is important, and each one of us, alone, is worth nothing.” ― Che Guevara

60. “One must endure without losing tenderness.” ― Che Guevara

61. “Be realistic, demand the impossible!” ― Che Guevara

62. “How easy it is to govern when one follows a system of consulting the will of the people and one holds as the only norm all the actions which contribute to the well being of the people.” ― Che Guevara

63. “If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.” ― Che Guevara

64. “Let’s be realistic. Let’s do the impossible!” ― Che Guevara

65. “Silence is argument carried out by other means.” ― Che Guevara

66. “The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.” ― Che Guevara

67. “The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.” ― Che Guevara

68. “Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary.” ― Che Guevara






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