25 Che Guevara Quotes to Ignite Your Revolutionary Spirit

These Che Guevara quotes apply to the world today, even if you don’t agree with his political beliefs.

Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara was an influential part of the Cuban Revolution and a skilled guerilla warfare militant.

You might wonder who was Che Guevara before he became a revolutionary war hero.

Well, he was an excellent athlete and student in his early years.

Before becoming a political figure he was a physician.

He traveled around South America where he was exposed to poverty like he had not seen before in his middle-class upbringing.

This shaped his views and future political ideology.

So, what did Che Guevara believe in?

He adopted a Marxism-Leninism viewpoint and believed that citizens should work for the good of society and not their personal profits. 

These Che Guevara quotes explain why he believed ‘The Revolution’ was important, and how he saw himself.

He had many things to say about life and what he felt people should do.

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Che Guevara quotes about The Revolution

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

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

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3. “We have no right to believe that freedom can be won without struggle.” ― Che Guevara

4. “The Revolution is made by man, but man must forge his revolutionary spirit from day-to-day.” ― Che Guevara

5. “I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.” ― Che Guevara

6. “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

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

8. “I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.” ― Che Guevara

9. “In a revolution, one triumphs or dies.” ― Che Guevara

10. “The ultimate and most important revolutionary aspiration: to see human beings liberated from their alienation.” ― Che Guevara

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

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Che Guevara quotes about life

12. “We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.” ― Che Guevara

13. “It’s not my fault if reality is Marxist.” ― Che Guevara

14. “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

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15. “Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats.” ― Che Guevara

16. “I would rather die standing up to live life than die on my knees.” ― Che Guevara

17. “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

18. “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.” ― Che Guevara

19. “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

20. “You can live by your own rules.” ― Che Guevara

21. “We are overcome by anguish at this illogical moment of humanity.” ― Che Guevara

22. “If I lose, it will not mean that it was impossible to win.” ― Che Guevara

23. “I have a wish. It is a fear as well – that in my end will be my beginning.” ― Che Guevara

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Che Guevara quotes about what people should do

24. “Let’s be realistic. Let’s do the impossible!” ― Che Guevara

25. “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

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What did you learn from these Che Guevara quotes?

Che Guevara would be executed by the Bolivian Army on October 9, 1967.

He had been captured and told he would stand trial but that day never came.

Instead, the Bolivian captain, Gary Prado received orders to ‘get rid of him.’ 

The order was carried out by Mario Teran, who fired on Che Guevara with machine guns.

His body was then put on display at the hospital, before being buried in an unmarked grave.

When they found the grave 30 years later and exhumed the body, it was revealed that both his hands had been cut off. 

His death made him a martyr, as he often said it would.

Even after all these years people still revere him as a saint. 

Susana Osinaga, 87, a retired nurse who helped wash the dirt and blood off Guevara’s body says,  “They said he looked like Christ.

People today still pray to Saint Ernesto.

They say he grants miracles.”

His words, and deeds, in life certainly brought change.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these Che Guevara quotes and sayings?

Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add?

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