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Every day people straighten up their hair, why not their heart? -Che Guevara

58 Revolutionary Quotes by Che Guevara

Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and a key figure in the Cuban Revolution.

Che Guevara was on 19th June 1928 in Rosario, Argentina and died on 9th October 1967 in Bolivia.

We have curated quotes that can inspire you beyond his popular visage that has cut across different cultures.

  1. Silence is argument carried out by other means.
  2. The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall
  3. The life of a single human being is worth a million times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
  4. I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
  5. If I lose, it will not mean that it was impossible to win.
  6. The true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love.
  7. One must endure without losing tenderness.
  8. Above all, try to be able to feel deeply any injustice committed against any person in any part of the world.
  9. I have a wish. It is a fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning.
  10. Better to die standing than to live on your knees.
  11. Passion is needed for any great work, and for the revolution, passion and audacity are required in big doses.
  12. 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 well-being of the people.
  13. Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.
  14. 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 pierced with a crystal needle, the truth will gush forth like a geyser.
  15. If you can find ways without any obstacles, it probably leads nowhere.
  16. Be realistic, demand the impossible.
  17. In a revolution, one triumphs or dies.
  18. Chess is an effective means to educate and train the human intellect.
  19. 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.
  20. Every day people straighten up their hair, why not their heart?
  21. Peaceful coexistence cannot be limited to the powerful countries if we want to ensure world peace.
  22. The first duty of a revolutionary is to be educated.
  23. The only passion that guides me is for the truth – I look at everything from this point of view.
  24. I am an adventurer.
  25. You can change the world.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation. -Che Guevara
  29. Real revolutionaries adorn themselves on the inside, not on the surface.
  30. Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.
  31. It’s a sad thing not to have friends, but it is even sadder not to have enemies.
  32. Democracy cannot consist solely of elections that are nearly always fictitious and managed by rich landowners and professional politicians.
  33. Every day People straighten up the hair, why not the heart?
  34. Let the world change you and you can change the world.
  35. To accomplish much you must first lose everything.
  36. Youth should learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals!
  37. If you have the capacity to tremble with indignation every time that an injustice is committed in the world, then we are comrades.
  38. We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle.
  39. I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.
  40. 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.
  41. We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
  42. Words without deeds are worthless.
  43. Words that do not match deeds are not important.
  44. 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.
  45. It’s not my fault if reality is Marxist.
  46. Justice remains the tool of a few powerful interests; legal interpretations will continue to be made to suit the convenience of the oppressor powers.
  47. 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.
  48. 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 well-being of the people.
  49. 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.
  50. 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 -Che Guevara
  51. The best form of saying is being.
  52. 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.
  53. I am one of those people who believes that the solution to the world’s problems is to be found behind the Iron Curtain.
  54. Study hard so that you can master technology, which allows us to master nature.
  55. Remember that the revolution is what is important, and each one of us, alone, is worth nothing.
  56. Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
  57. I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
  58. 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.

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