October 9 marks the death anniversary of Ernesto Guevara or more commonly known as Che Guevara. The Argentina-born charismatic leader is best known for his crucial role in the Cuban revolution and mostly celebrated as the symbol of rebellion but Che was a personality much greater than just a revolution. He was a brilliant medical student, passionate about poetry and smitten with literary works of many great thinkers. He had a collection of more than 3,000 books — from Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin to Aristotle and Buddha — at his residence.
Che Guevara was a man of such charisma, drive and intellectualism that after meeting him, French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that “Che was the most complete human being of our time”. On his 50th death anniversary, we bring you 10 famous quotations given by the revolutionary:
- If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine.
- I know you are here to kill me. Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man.
- 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.
- The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality.
- The revolution is not an apple that falls when it is ripe. You have to make it fall.
- We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it.
- 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 platitudes.
- Silence is argument carried out by other means.
- I am not a liberator. Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves.
- I don’t care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting.