We should not allow the word democracy to be utilised apologetically to represent the dictatorship of the exploiting classes.
It's a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies.
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
When asked whether or not we are Marxists, our position is the same as that of a physicist or a biologist when asked if he is a Newtonian, or if he is a Pasteurian. There are truths so evident, so much a part of people's knowledge, that it is now useless to discuss them.
I knew that the moment the great governing spirit strikes the blow to divide all humanity into just two opposing factions, I would be on the side of the common people.
The university, vanguard of our struggling people, cannot become a backward element, but it would become so if the university did not incorporate itself into the great plans of the Revolution.
The guerrilla fighter needs full help from the people of the area. This is an indispensable condition.
Much more definitive and much more lasting than all the gold that one can accumulate is the gratitude of a people.
Guerrilla warfare is a people's warfare; an attempt to carry out this type of war without the population's support is a prelude to inevitable disaster.
The people did not talk about reciprocal concessions but demanded liberties and guarantees, which brought inevitably in many sectors a crueler war than the French would have waged otherwise.
Marxism was applied according to the concrete historical situation of Vietnam and because of the guiding role of the vanguard party, faithful to its people and consequently to its doctrine, a resounding victory was achieved over the (French) imperialists.
For some people, the principle of the caste system will remain in effect: The reward for the obedient is to be transported after death to some fabulous other world where, according to the old beliefs, good people are rewarded.
I feel that I have fulfilled the part of my duty that tied me to the Cuban revolution in its territory, and I say farewell to you, to the comrades, to your people, who now are mine.
I leave a people who received me as a son. That wounds a part of my spirit. I carry to new battlefronts the faith that you taught me, the revolutionary spirit of my people, the feeling of fulfilling the most sacred of duties: to fight against imperialism wherever it may be.
If my final hour finds me under other skies, my last thought will be of this people and especially of you.