Fidel Castro

(Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz)

Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro
  • Born: August 13, 1926
  • Died: November 25, 2016
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Musician

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Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was a Cuban Communist revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. A Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, Castro also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party communist state, while industry and business were nationalized and state socialist reforms were implemented throughout society.

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Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan We see your willingness to die beautifully. We don’t see the need to die beautifully.
Lyndon B. Johnson I don’t want some bearded dictator ninety miles off thumbing his nose at us.
Lyman B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Failure to subject the project, especially in its latter frenzied stages, to a cold and objective appraisal by the best operating talent available, particularly by those not involved in the operation Failure to advise the president, at an appropriate time, that success had become dubious and to recommend that the operation be therefore canceled Failure to recognize that the project had become overt and that the military effort had become too large to be handled by the agency alone
George P. Shultz I think our Cuban policy is insane…. I guess it’s the politics of Florida. The Cold War is long since over. Our embargo just lets Castro blame his troubles on us.. Just lift the embargo and let people do as they wish.
Anonymous Maximum Leader
Anonymous The Yankee Castro
Michael Datcher If a narrow-minded FBI agent slipped into Aaron McGruder’s Los Angeles penthouse apartment, his eyes would get wide. Just inside the front door is a photograph of Fidel Castro riding into Havana Jan. 1, 1959.
Thomas D. DeLay Fidel Castro has killed more people than we even know …. Fidel Castro uses medicine and food to suppress his people.
Oliver G.. Galbond; J. C. King Thorough consideration should be given to the elimination of Fidel Castro
Lyndon B. Johnson Kennedy tried to kill Castro. Castro got Kennedy first.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. A great many people simply do not at this moment see that Cuba presents so grave and compelling a threat to our national security as to justify a course of action which much of the world will interpret as calculated aggression against a small nation.
John F. Kennedy Castro doesn’t need spies. All he has to do is read the newspapers.
Richard Nixon My own appraisal of him as a man is somewhat mixed. The one fact we can be sure of is that he has those indefinable qualities which make him a leader of men. Whatever we may think of him he is going to be a great factor in the development of Cuba and very possibly Latin American affairs generally. He seems to be sincere, he is either incredibly naïve about Communism or under Communist discipline—my guess is the former and as I have already implied, his ideas as to how to run a government or an economy are less developed than those of almost any world figure I have met in fifty countries. But because he has the power to lead to which I have referred we have no choice but at least to try to orient him in the right direction.
Eleanor Roosevelt A free Cuba, working for the well-being of the people, was the aim of many of the men who supported Castro, but when it became evident that one tyranny was being supplanted by another some of them began to feel again the urge for the real freedom they had hoped for and fought for. Whereupon, they deserted.
Eleanor Roosevelt We in this country have to realize that that Castro revolution against General Batista came about because of conditions that had been allowed to continue over the years in which a large number of people of Cuba had been exploited, ignored and beaten down.
Ozzie Guillen I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that fucker is still here.
Colin Powell We are running out of enemies. We are down to Fidel Castro and Kim Il Sung.
Carlos M. Gutierrez I was born in Cuba and I have a fear of anything that goes far left. I have seen the results of that.
David Brooks You will see Fidel Castro selling stocks for Morgan Stanley before you will see Yasser Arafat sign a peace treaty.
Dwight D. Eisenhower We cannot let the present government go on there [Cuba].
J. William Fulbright …as the Cuban exiles intensify their activities aimed at overthrowing Castro, the more difficult it will become to conceal the U.S. hand..
J. William Fulbright The Castro regime is a thorn in the flesh, but it is not a dagger in the heart.... I have no evidence that the Cuban people are able and willing at this time to assist any invasion from the outside.
Richard Feinberg [Fidel] Castro was gifted leader who engineered social improvements that benefitted most Cubans, a statesman who placed Cuba at the center of world politics, and a masterful tactician who outlasted ten hostile U. S. Presidents…
Lyndon B. Johnson This story going around about the CIA … sending in folks to get Castro, It’s incredible. They have a man that was involved that was brought into the CIA, with a number of others, and instructed by the CIA and the Attorney General [then Robert F. Kennedy] to assassinate Castro after the Bay of Pigs.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Central Intelligence Agency’s Intention To Send Hoodlums to Cuba to Assassinate Castro
Donald Sassoon In 1955, Cuba had a life expectancy of 59.5 years, shorter than Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay… In 1985 the average Cuban could expect to live until the age of 75, longer than anyone else in Latin America and just short of the average American (75.9 years). Cuba’s children were the best fed and the level of literacy was the highest [in Latin America].
Norodom Sihanouk Everyone knows now that it was Nixon who wanted me liquidated. For a long time, the Americans dreamed of doing to me what they failed to do against Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs incident.
Phillip Shenon Both the CIA and the FBI had Oswald under surveillance in the fall of 1963. But they withheld information from the Warren Commission about how much they knew about him before the assassination. The CIA never told the commission about its plots during the Kennedy administration to assassinate Castro — plots that the Cuban dictator discovered, giving him an obvious motive to kill Kennedy. The FBI destroyed evidence before it could reach the commission, including a handwritten, apparently threatening note that Oswald delivered to the bureau’s field office in Dallas in early November 1963. On the day Oswald was murdered by Ruby, FBI agents in Dallas, fearing that the note would be seen as evidence that they had been aware of the danger Oswald posed to the president, shredded the piece of paper and flushed it down a toilet. Its exact contents remain a mystery.
Frank F. Mankiewicz II I came to the conclusion that there was some sort of conspiracy, probably involving the mob, anti-Castro Cuban exiles, and maybe rogue CIA agents.
Carl Levin We have normal relations with lots of countries whose leadership we do not like..
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A revolution cannot survive without an enemy in front of it.. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. Future ;Death ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Condemn me, it does not matter: history will absolve me. History
Cuba does not have nuclear rockets but it does have moral rockets. Miscellaneous
Discovering Marxism ... was like finding a map in the forest. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Does any of you believe that we can solve our country's problems in five years? That is why we do not have this nonsense of elections. Voters, Voting & Elections
Every revolutionary movement ... proposes the greatest number of achievements possible. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Fellow workers and peasants, this is the socialist and democratic revolution of the working people, with the working people, and for the working people. And for this revolution of the working people, by the working people, and for the working people we are prepared to give our lives. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Foreigners being persecuted by reactionaries and exploiters can find asylum here [Cuba]. It does not matter if they speak English and were born in the United States. Immigration & Emigration
History will absolve me. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Hunger, the inseparable companion of the poor, is the offspring of the unequal distribution of the wealth and the injustices in this world. The rich do not know hunger. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I am against the use of capitalist mechanisms to build socialism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Capitalism
I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement, but we do not have to say that we are anticommunists just to fawn on foreign powers. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am not a communist. I do not agree with communism. Miscellaneous
I am not a dictator, and I do not think I will become one. I will not maintain power with a machine gun. Leaders & Leadership ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would 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. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
I began the revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I would do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
I do not conceive of any manifestation of culture, of science, of art, as purposes in themselves. I think the purpose of science and culture is man. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don’t hate anyone including my enemies. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
Ideas do not need weapons, to the extent that they can convince the great masses Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If there was in the history of humanity an enemy who was truly universal, an enemy whose acts and moves trouble the entire world, threaten the entire world ... that real and universal enemy is precisely Yankee imperialism. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
If we had paused to tell the people that we were Marxist-Leninists while we were on Pico Turquino and not yet strong, it is possible that we would never have been able to descend to the plains…. I am a Marxist-Leninist, and I will be a Marxist-Leninist until the last days of my life. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is hard to build a communist state while reformers are slandering socialism, destroying its values, discrediting the party and liquidating its leading role, doing away with social discipline, and sowing chaos and anarchy everywhere. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is the duty of all revolutionary governments to help all the forces of liberation in whatever part of the world. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It’s not a dictatorship in the United States. But it is dictatorial to the rest of the world. Who’s going to say no? Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Now, they will have to find the assassin quickly, but very quickly, otherwise, you watch and see, I know them, they will try to put the blame on us for this thing. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Precisely fifteen years ago, at this very hour, you could still hear the echoes of the last shots of the battle that smashed one of Yankee imperialism's most sinister and traitorous actions against a Latin American people. Giro'n went down in history as the first defeat of Yankee imperialism on this continent …. The option between the past and the future, reaction or progress, treason or loyalty to principles, capitalism or socialism, imperialist domination or liberation, was what was decided at Giro'n on April 19, 1961. War & Peace ;Capitalism
The [foreign] policy of the United States is modeled on interventionism and aggression. It is logical that we should always be very suspicious. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The Alliance for Progress is an alliance between one millionaire and many beggars. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The first use of the nuclear weapon gives a great advantage to the user. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
The revolution... is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The solutions put forth by imperialism are the quintessence of simplicity...When they speak of the problems of population and birth, they are in no way moved by concepts related to the interests of the family or of society...Just when science and technology are making incredible advances in all fields, they resort to technology to suppress revolutions and ask the help of science to prevent population growth. In short, the peoples are not to make revolutions, and women are not to give birth. This sums up the philosophy of imperialism. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
The World Trade Organization is a fearful instrument of re-colonialization and exploitation Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There are only two groups I recognize in Cuba: those who wholly support the revolution and those who are joining the reactionaries. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Up to now you have been missing the party War & Peace
We are prepared to fight them and answer in kind. United States leaders should think that if they are aiding terrorist plans to eliminate Cuban leaders they themselves will not be safe. War & Peace
We can neither export revolution nor can the United States prevent it. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
We only need one, in the same way that Lenin only needed one. Political Parties & Machines
We will bring imperialism to its knees. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We’re going to produce all the vaccines we can in order to protect our people. We don’t have to answer to anyone on this. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
When George Washington and the others created U. S. independence, they did not free the slaves; not long ago, a U. S. black athlete could not play baseball in the major leagues. And yet you called yours the freest country in the world. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
With what moral authority can they [the U. S.] speak of human rights — the rulers of a nation in which the millionaire and beggar coexist; the Indian is exterminated; the black man is discriminated against; the woman is prostituted; and the great masses of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Latin Americans are scorned, exploited, and humiliated? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You don’t have a democracy. Most Americans want good relations with Cuba, but a few thousand Cuban-American right-wingers control U.S. policy and make everything between us bad. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A revolution is not a bed of roses.
Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away. Money, Coins & Minting
How can we help President Obama?
I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life. Life
I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate Cuba.
I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.
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. Religion & God
I don't think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews.
I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition. War & Peace
I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief.
I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.
I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened. Life
I would not vote for the mayor. It's not just because he didn't invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.
Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.
More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.
My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn't work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
No thieves, no traitors, no interventionists! This time the revolution is for real! Time
North Americans don't understand... that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.
Sorry, I'm still a dialectical materialist.
The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs.
There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.
There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.
They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America? Failure ;Success