Quotes from Fidel Cas­tro

Malta Independent - - FIDEL CASTRO -

“Con­demn me. It does not mat­ter. His­tory will ab­solve me.” — Oct. 16, 1953, at his trial for rebel at­tack that launched Cuban Rev­o­lu­tion.

“I am not in­ter­ested in power nor do I en­vis­age as­sum­ing it at any time. All that I will do is to make sure that the sac­ri­fices of so many com­pa­tri­ots should not be in vain, what­ever the fu­ture may hold in store for me.” — Jan. 1, 1959, upon tri­umph of the rev­o­lu­tion.

“Work­ers and farm­ers, this is the so­cial­ist and demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion of the hum­ble, with the hum­ble and for the hum­ble.” — April 16, 1961, declar­ing his gov­ern­ment so­cial­ist.

“I be­lieve that ag­gres­sion is im­mi­nent in the next 24 to 72 hours,” Oct. 26, 1962, com­ment­ing on pos­si­bil­ity of U.S. at­tack in memo to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dur­ing tens­est hours of Cuban mis­sile cri­sis.

“Mil­lions of Cubans shed their tears to­day to­gether with the loved ones of the vic­tims of the abom­inable crime. And when an en­er­getic and force­ful peo­ple cry, in­jus­tice trem­bles.” — Oct. 15, 1976, ad­dress­ing more than 1 mil­lion mourn­ers in Ha­vana the week af­ter the ter­ror­ist bomb­ing of Cuban air­liner killed 73 peo­ple.

“To­day it hurts us if a Cuban is hun­gry, if a Cuban has no doc­tor, if a Cuban child suf­fers or is un­e­d­u­cated, or if a fam­ily has no hous­ing. It hurts us even though it’s not our brother, our son or our fa­ther. Why shouldn’t we feel hurt if we see an An­golan child go hun­gry, suf­fer, be killed or mas­sa­cred?” — March 30, 1977, to Cuban civil­ian and mil­i­tary per­son­nel in Luanda, An­gola.

“Cuba is not op­posed to find­ing a so­lu­tion to its his­tor­i­cal dif­fer­ences with the United States, but no one should ex­pect Cuba to change its po­si­tion or yield in its prin­ci­ples. Cuba is and will con­tinue to be so­cial­ist. Cuba is and will con­tinue to be a friend of the Soviet Union and of all the so­cial­ist states.” — Dec. 20, 1980, to Congress of Com­mu­nist Party of Cuba.

“We will take the steps we have to take to keep our fac­to­ries run­ning, to keep our work­ers em­ployed, to keep go­ing for­ward in these dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, and ... find the for­mu­las to save the coun­try, save the rev­o­lu­tion and save so­cial­ism.” — Oct. 14, 1991, to Com­mu­nist Party congress as Cuba felt first ef­fects of wan­ing Soviet trade.

“We will win this bat­tle for life, and not only for your lives, but also for the lives of all chil­dren in the world.” — Dec. 23, 1999, call­ing on school­child­ren to par­tic­i­pate in fight to repa­tri­ate Cuban boy Elian Gon­za­lez.

“I prom­ise that I will be with you, if you so wish, for as long as I feel that I can be use­ful — and if it is not de­cided by na­ture be­fore — not a minute less and not a sec­ond more ... Now I un­der­stand that it was not my des­tiny to rest at the end of my life.” — March 6, 2003, upon be­ing re­elected by Cuba’s Na­tional As­sem­bly to sixth term as Coun­cil of State pres­i­dent.

“I do not have the slight­est doubt that our peo­ple and our rev­o­lu­tion will fight to the last drop of blood to de­fend these and other ideas and mea­sures that are nec­es­sary to safe­guard this his­toric process.” — July 31, 2006, an­nounc­ing he had un­der­gone in­testi­nal surgery and tem­po­rar­ily ceded his pow­ers to younger brother Raul, Cuba’s de­fense min­is­ter.

“I am say­ing that I will nei­ther as­pire to nor ac­cept — I re­peat, I will nei­ther as­pire to, nor ac­cept — the po­si­tions of pres­i­dent of the State Coun­cil and com­man­der in chief.” — Feb. 19, 2008, an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion as pres­i­dent.

“I was at death’s door, but I came back,” speak­ing of his 2006 ill­ness in an Aug. 30, 2010 in­ter­view with Mex­i­can daily La Jor­nada.

“The new gen­er­a­tion is be­ing called upon to rec­tify and change with­out hes­i­ta­tion all that should be rec­ti­fied and changed ... Per­sist­ing in rev­o­lu­tion­ary prin­ci­ples is, in my judg­ment, the prin­ci­pal legacy we can leave them,” April 18, 2011 opin­ion piece writ­ten dur­ing key Com­mu­nist Party Congress on the need to hand off to young lead­ers. At the Congress, Cas­tro stepped down as head of the party. But de­spite talk of re­ju­ve­na­tion, he was re­placed by his 79-yearold brother, with two grey-haired veter­ans of the rev­o­lu­tion se­lected as Raul’s chief deputies.

“I’ll be 90 years old soon,” Cas­tro said at an April 2016 com­mu­nist party congress where he made his most ex­ten­sive pub­lic ap­pear­ance in years. “Soon I’ll be like all the others. The time will come for all of us, but the ideas of the Cuban Com­mu­nists will re­main as proof that on this planet, if one works with fer­vour and dig­nity, they can pro­duce the ma­te­rial and cul­tural goods that hu­man be­ings need and that need to be fought for with­out ever giv­ing up.”

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