Ernesto Che Guevara (14 June 1928 – 9 October 1967) was so many things — an author, a diplomat, physician, adventurer, and, most of all, a revolutionary. When he was traveling through South America, the sights of poverty and disease he had seen deeply affected him. Che Guevara carried those images with him his entire life and always felt that there was more he could do to help.
To this day, Che Guevara has remained one of the most polarizing figures in modern history. So to honor this brave fighter’s legacy, here are the best Che Guevara quotes to help spark the inner rebel in you.
Silence is argument carried out by other means.
Words that do not match deeds are unimportant.
One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness.
“Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart?”
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel!
Real revolutionaries adorn themselves on the inside, not on the surface.
The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. It exists when people liberate themselves.
We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
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.
In order to know about the illnesses of society, you have to know what men are suffering from, how they suffer.
The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
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 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.
I don’t think you and I are very closely related, however, if you are capable of trembling with indignation each time that an injustice is committed anywhere in the world, we are comrades, and that is more important.
I could become very rich in Guatemala but by the low method of ratifying my title, opening a clinic, and specialising in allergies. To do that would be the most horrible betrayal of the two ‘I’s’ struggling inside me: the socialist and the traveller.
The truth is that after the experiences of my wanderings across all of Latin America, and to top it off, in Guatemala, it didn’t take much to incite me to join any revolution against a tyrant, but Castro impressed me as an extraordinary man. He faced and overcame the most impossible things. He had an exceptional faith that once he left for Cuba, he would arrive. And that once he arrives, he would fight. And that fighting, he would win. I shared his optimism.
Regarding the IMF, in an interview for Radio Rivadavia of Argentina (3 November 1959)
The government of the United States represents, as its army also does, the finances of the United States. But these finances do not represent the North American people; they represent a small group of financiers, the owners of all the big enterprises… who also exploit the North American people. Clearly they do not exploit them in the same manner that they exploit us, the human beings of inferior races… for we have not had the good fortune of being born from blond, Anglo-Saxon parents. But they do exploit and divide them, they too are divided into blacks and whites, and they too are divided into men and women, union and non-union, employed and unemployed