Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist who played a key role in the Cuban Revolution. He was born on June 14, 1928, in Rosario, Argentina, to a wealthy family.
Guevara studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires and became interested in Marxist ideology and revolutionary politics. He became involved in various revolutionary movements in Latin America, eventually joining forces with Fidel Castro and other Cuban revolutionaries to overthrow the government of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959.
After the revolution, Guevara served as a key figure in the new Cuban government, but he became disillusioned with the direction of the revolution and left Cuba in 1965 to continue his revolutionary activities in other countries.
Guevara traveled to Africa and Bolivia, where he attempted to inspire and organize revolutionary movements. However, he was captured by Bolivian government forces in 1967 and executed the following day.
Guevara has become an icon of revolutionary politics and a symbol of resistance against oppression and imperialism. His image, based on a famous photograph by Alberto Korda, has become one of the most recognizable in the world and has been reproduced on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs. Guevara’s life and legacy continue to be celebrated and debated around the world.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.
If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.
The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.
The revolution is made through human beings, but individuals must forge their revolutionary spirit day by day.
Let the world change you and you can change the world.
The revolution is not an affair of the past, but of the future.
I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.
A true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home, to his centers of entertainment; a total war. It is necessary to prevent him from having a moment of peace, a quiet moment outside his barracks or even inside; we must attack him wherever he may be.
If you are able to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.
At the risk of sounding 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.
The guerrilla fighter needs full confidence in the justice of his cause and deep confidence in himself and the people.
It is not necessary to wait until all conditions for making revolution exist; the insurrection can create them.
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.
The only passion that guides me is for the truth…I look at everything from this point of view.
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.
If you can’t be a revolutionary in a country like this, it’s pathetic.
The question of revolution is not a game of chess; it is the basis of all our hope and struggle.
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
A true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.
We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home, to his centers of entertainment; a total war.
Silence is an argument carried out by other means.
The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.
The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view.
We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
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.
I have a wish. It as a fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning.
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.
I am one of those people who believe that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.
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.
Remember that the revolution is what is important, and each one of us, alone, is worth nothing.
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.
Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution, passion and audacity are required in big doses.
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.
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.
Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had a project for my life that involved 10 years of wandering, then some years of medical studies, and, if any time was left, the great adventure of physics.