Ernesto “Che” Guevara (June 14, 1928 – October 9, 1967), commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, intellectual, guerrilla leader, diplomat, military theorist, and major figure of the Cuban Revolution. Since his death, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol and global insignia within popular culture.
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.
I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
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.
Silence is argument carried out by other means.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
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.
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
One must harden without ever losing tenderness.
We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
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.
For a long time man has been trying to free himself from alienation through culture and art…
The beginnings will not be easy; they shall be extremely difficult.
Quotes about Guevara :
Che is a figure who can constantly be examined and re-examined.
Why did they think that by killing him, he would cease to exist as a fighter? … Today he is in every place, wherever there is a just cause to defend.
Che sowed the seeds of social conscience in Latin America and the world, he was a flower prematurely cut from its stem.
What has made Guevara a cultural icon is not his example for poor countries, but his capacity to provoke empathy among the spoiled youth of the affluent West.
What I appreciated most was his honesty — and his ability to transform negative things into positive things. … he was not compromising. It wasn’t easy unless you shared his vision and believed in it.
He always did what he said he was going to do, That’s why he is still timely.
Che was the most complete human being of our age.
We predict that Guevara will be eulogized as the model revolutionary who met a heroic death.
Che never wavered from his firm revolutionary stand, even as other Cuban leaders began to devote most of their attention to the internal problems of the revolution.
Che’s life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory.
He taught me to think — he taught me the most beautiful thing which is to be human.
Guevara remains a national hero in Cuba where he is remembered for promoting unpaid voluntary work by working shirtless on building sites or hauling sacks of sugar. To this day, he appears on a Cuban banknote cutting sugar cane with a machete in the fields.