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Monday, 14 June 2010

The Quotable Che Guevara ... Rebel With A Cause

The Quotable Che Guevara ... Rebel With A Cause

Today is the official birth date of iconic revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara.

Five famous quotations by Che ...

"The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall."

"Silence is argument carried out by other means."

"One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness."

"The desire to sacrifice an entire lifetime to the noblest of ideals serves no purpose if one works alone."

"We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it."


Six inspirational quotations about Che and his legacy ...

"Che sowed the seeds of social conscience in Latin America and the world, he was a flower prematurely cut from its stem."
Fidel Castro

"Che was the most complete human being of our age."
Jean-Paul Sartre

"Che's life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honour his memory."
Nelson Mandela

"Guevara remains a national hero in Cuba where he is remembered for promoting unpaid voluntary work by working shirtless on building sites or hauling sacks of sugar. To this day, he appears on a Cuban banknote cutting sugar cane with a machete in the fields."
Rosa Tania Valdes

"He belongs more to the romantic tradition than the revolutionary one. To endure as a romantic icon, one must not just die young, but die hopelessly. Che fulfils both criteria. When one thinks of Che as a hero, it is more in terms of Byron than Marx."
Christopher Hitchens

"Che T-shirts are among the first things you'll see after landing at the Havana airport. But at least the Cubans know whom they're glorifying. In the United States, Che's life story and ambitions seem beside the point, or maybe they've just been reduced to caricature. The guy's face is shorthand for 'I'm against the status quo.' He's politics' answer to James Dean, a rebel with a very specific cause."
David Segal in The Washington Post (2006)



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