[OPE-L] quotations from Che

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Date: Sun Oct 07 2007 - 08:21:34 EDT

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Subject: quotations from Che

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>We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are
>willing to die for it.- Ernesto Che Guevara
>Hasta la victoria siempè! (Until victory always -- Struggle until
>victory forever!) - Ernesto Che Guevara
>If you tremble indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade
>of mine. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>Words that do not match deeds are unimportant. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel! -
>Ernesto Che Guevara
>I know you've come to kill me. Shoot, coward, you're only going to
>kill a man. - Ernesto Che Guevara (just before he was shot and
>At the risk of seeming 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. - Ernesto
>Che Guevara
>Our every action is a battle cry against imperialism, and a battle
>hymn for the people's unity against the great enemy of mankind: the
>United States of America. Wherever death may surprise us, let it be
>welcome, provided that this, our battle cry, may have reached some
>receptive ear, that another hand may be extended to wield our
>weapons, and that other men be ready to intone our funeral dirge with
>the staccato singing of the machine guns and new battle cries of war
>and victory. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>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, make him feel like a cornered beast wherever he
>may move. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>Why does the guerrilla fighter fight? We must come to the inevitable
>conclusion that the guerrilla fighter is a social reformer, that he
>takes up arms responding to the angry protest of the people against
>their oppressors, and that he fights in order to change the social
>system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and misery. -
>Ernesto Che Guevara
>The guerrilla fighter needs full help from the people of the area.
>This is an indispensable condition. . - Ernesto Che Guevara
>I am not interested in dry economic socialism. We are fighting
>against misery, but we are also fighting against alienation. One of
>the fundamental objectives of Marxism is to remove interest, the
>factor of individual interest, and gain, from people's psychological
>motivations. Marx was preoccupied both with economic factors and with
>their repercussions on the spirit. If communism isn't interested in
>this too, it may be a method of distributing goods, but it will never
>be a revolutionary way of life. -Ernesto Che Guevara
>The amount of poverty and suffering required for the emergence of a
>Rockefeller, and the amount of depravity that the accumulation of a
>fortune of such magnitude entails, are left out of the picture, and
>it is not always possible to make the people in general see this. -
>Ernesto Che Guevara
>The monopoly capitalists - even while employing purely empirical
>methods -weave around art a complicated web which converts it into a
>willing tool. The superstructure of society ordains the type of art
>in which the artist has to be educated. Rebels are subdued by its
>machinery and only rare talents may create their own work. The rest
>become shameless hacks or are crushed. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate
>themselves. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>Where a government has come into power through some form of popular
>vote, fraudulent or not, and maintains at least an appearance of
>constitutional legality, the guerrilla outbreak cannot be promoted,
>since the possibilities of peaceful struggle have not yet been
>exhausted. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>We are doing everything possible to give labor this new status of
>social duty and to link it on the one side with the development of a
>technology which will create the conditions for greater freedom, and
>on the other side with voluntary work based on a Marxist appreciation
>of the fact that man truly reaches a full human condition when he
>produces without being driven by the physical need to sell his labor
>as a commodity. Man still needs to undergo a complete spiritual
>rebirth in his attitude towards his work, freed from the direct
>pressure of his social environment, though linked to it by his new
>habits. That will be communism. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>There is no other definition of socialism valid for us than that of
>the abolition of the exploitation of man by man. - Ernesto Che
>To die under the flag of Vietnam, of Venezuela, of Guatemala, of
>Laos, of Guinea, of Colombia, of Bolivia, of Brazil-to name only a
>few scenes of today's armed struggle-would be equally glorious and
>desirable for an American, an Asian, an African, even a European. -
>Ernesto Che Guevara
>Each spilt drop of blood, in any country under whose flag one has not
>been born, is an experience passed on to those who survive, to be
>added later to the liberation struggle of his own country. And each
>nation liberated is a phase won in the battle for the liberation of
>one's own country. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>There are no boundaries in this struggle to the death. We cannot be
>indifferent to what happens anywhere in the world, for a victory by
>any country over imperialism is our victory; just as any country's
>defeat is a defeat for all of us. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>Each time a country is freed, we say, it is a defeat for the world
>imperialist system, but we must agree that real liberation or
>breaking away from the imperialist system is not achieved by the mere
>act of proclaiming independence or winning an armed victory in a
>revolution. Freedom is achieved when imperialist economic domination
>over a people is brought to an end. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>The socialist countries have the moral duty of liquidating their
>tacit complicity with the exploiting countries of the West. - Ernesto
>Che Guevara
>Arms cannot be regarded as merchandise in our world. They should be
>delivered to the peoples asking for them for use against the common
>enemy without any charge at all, and in quantities determined by the
>need and their availability. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>United Nations
>We should like to see this Assembly (UN) shake itself out of
>complacency and move forward. We should like to see the committees
>begin their work and not stop at the first confrontation. Imperialism
>wishes to convert this meeting into a pointless oratorical
>tournament, instead of solving the grave problems of the world. We
>must prevent their doing so. This Assembly should not be remembered
>in the future only by the number 19, which identifies it. Our efforts
>are directed to prevent that. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>Under the discredited flag of the United Nations, dozens of countries
>under the military leadership of the United States participated in
>this war with the massive intervention of U.S. soldiers and the use,
>as cannon fodder, of the South Korean population that was enrolled. -
>Ernesto Che Guevara
>Imperialism and Neo-colonialism
>Imperialism has been defeated in many partial battles. But it remains
>a considerable force in the world, and we cannot expect its final
>defeat save through effort and sacrifice on the part of all of us. -
>Ernesto Che Guevara
>As long as imperialism exists, it will, by definition, exert its
>domination over other countries. Today that domination is called
>neocolonialism. -Ernesto Che Guevara
>The slogan "We will not allow another Cuba" hides the possibility of
>perpetrating aggressions without fear of reprisal, such as the one
>carried out against the Dominican Republic or before that the
>massacre in Panama-and the clear warning stating that Yankee troops
>are ready to intervene anywhere in America where the ruling regime
>may be altered, thus endangering their interests. - Ernesto Che
>We must bear in mind that imperialism is a world system, the last
>stage of capitalism-and it must be defeated in a world confrontation.
>The strategic end of this struggle should be the destruction of
>imperialism. Our share, the responsibility of the exploited and
>underdeveloped of the world, is to eliminate the foundations of
>imperialism: our oppressed nations, from where they extract capital,
>raw materials, technicians, and cheap labor, and to which they export
>new capital-instruments of domination-arms and all kinds of articles,
>thus submerging us in an absolute dependence. - Ernesto Che Guevara
>While envisaging the destruction of imperialism, it is necessary to
>identify its head, which is no other than the United States of
>America. -Ernesto Che Guevara
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