Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (13 August 1926 – 25 November 2016) was a Cuban communist revolutionary and the leader of Cuba from 1959 (when, leading the 26th of July Movement, he overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista turning Cuba into the first Communist nation in the Western Hemisphere) until handing off power to his younger brother Raúl in February 2008.
Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, under his administration, improvements were made to health care and education, while industry and business were nationalized.
Fidel Castro was the world’s third longest-serving head of state, after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the King of Thailand, leading Cuba for nearly 5 decades.
Castro claimed he survived 634 attempts or plots to assassinate him, mainly masterminded by the Central Intelligence Agency. They may have included poison pills, a toxic cigar, exploding mollusks, and a chemically tainted diving suit. He finally died on November 25, 2016 at the age of 90.
Famous Quotes by Fidel Castro
“Ideas do not need weapons.”
“I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate Cuba”
“Today, the entire country is an immense University.”
“Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away”.
“I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country”
“We don’t need the empire to give us any presents. (letter to B. Obama)”
“It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.”
“I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. ”
“A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.”
“The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.”
“We must establish a new world order based on justice, on equity, and on peace.”
“If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal.”
“There are enough doctors on the planet so that nobody has to die for lack of care.”
“I've always considered Christ to be one of the greatest revolutionaries in the history of humanity.”
“One of the greatest benefits of the revolution is that even our prostitutes are college graduates.”
“Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.”
“North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity. ”
“They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?”
“The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.”
“I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating... because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.”
“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.”
“Humanity can learn from those who have broken their chains. Those who have chained humanity for centuries cannot teach humanity anything.”
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