Popular quotes from Ernesto "Che" Guevara

“Let me say, at the risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.”

“It is there, in the final moments, for people whose farthest horizon has always been tomorrow, that one comprehends the profound tragedy circumscribing the life of the proletariat the world over.”

“Man truly achieves his full human condition when he produces without being compelled by the physical necessity of selling himself as a commodity.”

“Wrapped in a police blanket, I watched the rain and smoked one black cigarette after another...”

“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.”

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

“This is not a story of heroic feats, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.”

“What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two: melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.”

“I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.”

“I finally felt myself lifted definitively away on the winds of adventure toward worlds I envisaged would be stranger than they were, into situations I imagined would be much more normal than they turned out to be.”

“One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness.”

“The revolution is made through human beings, but individuals must forge their revolutionary spirit day by day”

“I now know, by an almost fatalistic conformity with the facts, that my destiny is to travel...”

“The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.”

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

“The best form of saying is being”

“There are no boundaries in this struggle to the death. We cannot be indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, for a victory by any country over imperialism is our victory; just as any country's defeat is a defeat for all of us.”

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

“I will fight with all the weapons within my reach rather than let myself be nailed to a cross or whatever.”

“There is no other definition of socialism valid for us than that of the abolition of the exploitation of man by man.”

“I knew that when the great guiding spirit cleaves humanity into two antagonistic halves, I will be with the people.”

“Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world.”

“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.”

“I would rather die standing up to live life on my knees.”

“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.”

“Silence is argument carried out by other means.”

“The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.”

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

“Be realistic, demand the impossible!”

“Let the world change you and you can change the world”

“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.”

“Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart?”

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

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

“Many will call me an adventurer, and that I am...only one of a different sort: one who risks his skin to prove his truths.”