90+ Best Che Guevara Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ernesto “Che” Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, and guerrilla leader. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular culture. Since his death, Guevara has become a legendary political figure. Motivational Che Guevara quotes will make you think about everything and inspire you to take action.

Most Famous Che Guevara Quotes

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

Live your life not celebrating victories but overcoming defeats. – Che Guevara

There is no other definition of socialism valid for us than that of the abolition of the exploitation of man by man. – Che Guevara

Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers. – Che Guevara

Words without deeds are worthless. – Che Guevara

The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day to day. – Che Guevara

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. – Che Guevara

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

Every day you have to fight so that love for humanity can be transformed into concrete deeds, into acts that set an example, that mobilize. – Che Guevara

Let’s be realistic. Let’s do the impossible! – Che Guevara

If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades. – Che Guevara

Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they demand their legitimate rights as free men – how can those who do this consider themselves guardians of freedom? – Che Guevara

The walls of the educational system must come down. Education should not be a privilege, so the children of those who have money can study. – Che Guevara

I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting. – Che Guevara

It’s not my fault if reality is Marxist – Che Guevara

Words that do not match deeds are not important. – Che Guevara

Let the world change you and you can change the world – Che Guevara

Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart? – Che Guevara

We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle. – Che Guevara

Be realistic, demand the impossible! – Che Guevara

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. – Che Guevara

To accomplish much, you must first lose everything. – Che Guevara

Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals! – Che Guevara

It’s a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies. – Che Guevara

I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves. – Che Guevara

Democracy is not compatible with financial oligarchy. – Che Guevara

I would rather die standing up to live life on my knees. – Che Guevara

Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians. – Che Guevara

A country that does not know how to read and write is easy to deceive. – Che Guevara

A new era will dawn in Africa, when the impoverished masses of a nation rise up to rescue their right to a decent life from the hands of the ruling oligarchies. – Che Guevara

Remember that the revolution is what is important, and each one of us, alone, is worth nothing. – Che Guevara

Above all, always be capable of feeling deeply any injustice committed against anyone, anywhere in the world. This is the most beautiful quality in a revolutionary. – Che Guevara

If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine. – Che Guevara

The world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny. – Che Guevara

We are overcome by anguish at this illogical moment of humanity. – Che Guevara

And then many things became very clear… we learned perfectly that the life of a single human being is worth millions of times more than all the property of the richest man on earth. – Che Guevara

One must endure without losing tenderness. – Che Guevara

In a revolution, one triumphs or dies. – Che Guevara

Better to die standing, than to live on your knees. – Che Guevara

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. – Che Guevara

A political event was that I met Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary. He is a young, intelligent guy, very sure of himself and extraordinarily audacious; I think we hit it off well. – Che Guevara

I am one of those people who believes that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain. – Che Guevara

I had a project for my life which involved 10 years of wandering, then some years of medical studies and, if any time was left, the great adventure of physics. – Che Guevara

Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature. – Che Guevara

How easy it is to govern when one follows a system of consulting the will of the people and one holds as the only norm all the actions which contribute to the wellbeing of the people. – Che Guevara

I would probably have more in common with a whale than with a bourgeois married couple employed at worthy institutions that I would wipe from the face of the earth if it was given to me to do so. – Che Guevara

I have a wish. It as a fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning. – Che Guevara

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel. – Che Guevara

I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man. – Che Guevara

The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality. – Che Guevara

Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution, passion and audacity are required in big doses. – Che Guevara

Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms. – Che Guevara

The only passion that guides me is for the truth… I look at everything from this point of view. – Che Guevara

Silence is argument carried out by other means. – Che Guevara

The peasant must always be helped technically, economically, morally and culturally. The guerrilla fighter will be a sort of guiding angel who has fallen into the zone, helping the poor always and bothering the rich as little as possible in the first phases of the war. – Che Guevara

I could become very rich in Guatemala but by the low method of ratifying my title, opening a clinic, and specializing in allergies. To do that would be the most horrible betrayal of the two ‘I’s’ struggling inside me: the socialist and the traveler. – Che Guevara

It is important to emphasize that guerrilla warfare is a war of the masses, a war of the people. The guerrilla band is an armed nucleus, the fighting vanguard of the people. It draws its great force from the mass of the people themselves. – Che Guevara

Every person has the truth in his heart. No matter how complicated his circumstances, no matter how others look at him from the outside, and no matter how deep or shallow the truth dwells in his heart, once his heart is pieced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser. – Che Guevara

One must have a large dose of humanity, a large dose of a sense of justice and truth in order to avoid dogmatic extremes, cold scholasticism, or an isolation from the masses. We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity is transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force. – Che Guevara

To execute a man, we don’t need proof of his guilt. We only need proof that it’s necessary to execute him. It’s that simple. – Che Guevara

The guerrilla fighters should be required to go to bed and get up at fixed hours. Games that have no social function and that hurt the morale of the troops and the consumption of alcoholic drinks should both be prohibited. – Che Guevara

My nostrils dilate while savoring the acrid odor of gunpowder and blood… Crazy with fury I will stain my rifle red while slaughtering any surrendered enemy that falls in my hands! With the deaths of my enemies I prepare my being for the sacred fight and join the triumphant proletariat with a bestial howl! – Che Guevara

The merit of Marx is that he suddenly produces a qualitative change in the history of social thought. He interprets history, understands its dynamic, predicts the future, but in addition to predicting it (which would satisfy his scientific obligation), he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny. – Che Guevara

A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. We must create the pedagogy of the The Wall! – Che Guevara

The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation – Che Guevara

To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate. – Che Guevara

The problem of peaceful transition to socialism, we do not discuss it as a theoretical question. But in America it is very difficult, and it is nearly impossible. That is why specifically in America we say that the road to the liberation of peoples, which will be the road of socialism will go through bullets in almost all countries. – 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. Then his moral fiber shall begin to decline, but we shall notice how the signs of decadence begin to disappear. – Che Guevara

I will fight with all the weapons within my reach rather than let myself be nailed to a cross or whatever. – Che Guevara

I now know, by an almost fatalistic conformity with the facts, that my destiny is to travel. – Che Guevara

I am not Christ or a philanthropist, old lady, I am all the contrary of a Christ I fight for the things I believe in, with all the weapons at my disposal and try to leave the other man dead so that I don’t get nailed to a cross or any other place. – Che Guevara

Chess is an effective means to educate and train the human intellect. – Che Guevara

The final hour of colonialism has struck, and millions of inhabitants of Africa, Asia and Latin America rise to meet a new life and demand their unrestricted right to self-determination. – Che Guevara

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. – Che Guevara

Our youth must always be free, discussing and exchanging ideas concerned with what is happening throughout the entire world. – Che Guevara

We travel just to travel. – Che Guevara

Many will call me an adventurer – and that I am, only one of a different sort: one of those who risks his skin to prove his truths. – Che Guevara

The state sometimes makes mistakes. When one of these mistakes occurs, one notes a decline in collective enthusiasm due to the effect of a quantitative diminution in each of the elements that make up the mass. Work is paralyzed until it is reduced to an insignificant level. It is time to make a correction. – Che Guevara

War is always a struggle in which each contender tries to annihilate the other. Besides using force, they will have recourse to all possible tricks and stratagems to achieve the goal. – Che Guevara

We must strive every day so that this love of living humanity is transformed into actual deeds, into acts that serve as examples, as a moving force. – Che Guevara

I have never considered myself an economist. – Che Guevara

If any person has a good word for the previous government that is good enough for me to have him shot. – Che Guevara

Mexicans are a band of illiterate Indians. – Che Guevara

It is an illusion to think that the matter can be resolved through words. – Che Guevara

The U.S. is the great enemy of mankind! Against those hyenas there is no option but extermination! If the nuclear missiles had remained (in Cuba) we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City! – Che Guevara

The best form of saying is doing. – Che Guevara

One has to grow hard but without ever losing tenderness. – Che Guevara

We must do away with all newspapers. A revolution cannot be accomplished with freedom of the press. – Che Guevara

How is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew? – Che Guevara

The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have conserved their racial purity by a lack of affinity with washing, have seen their patch invaded by a different kind of slave: The Portuguese. the black is indolent and fanciful, he spends his money on frivolity and drink; the European comes from a tradition of working and saving which follows him to this corner of America and drives him to get ahead. – Che Guevara

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