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Fidel Castro

Castro visiting the United States in 1959
17th President of Cuba
In office
December 2, 1976 â€“ February 24, 2008 (Medical leave starting July 31, 2006)
Prime Minister Himself
Vice President Raúl Castro
Preceded by Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
Succeeded by Raúl Castro
First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
In office
June 24, 1961 â€“ April 19, 2011
Deputy Raúl Castro
Preceded by Blas Roca Calderio
Succeeded by Raúl Castro
President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba
In office
December 2, 1976 â€“ February 24, 2008 (Medical leave starting July 31, 2006)
President Himself
Preceded by Himself (as Prime Minister)
Succeeded by Raúl Castro
16th Prime Minister of Cuba
In office
February 16, 1959 â€“ December 2, 1976
President Manuel Urrutia Lleó
Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado
Preceded by José Miró Cardona
Succeeded by Himself (as President of Council of Ministers)
7th & 23rd Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement
In office
September 16, 2006 â€“ February 24, 2008
Preceded by Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Succeeded by Raúl Castro
In office
September 10, 1979 â€“ March 6, 1983
Preceded by Junius Richard Jayawardene
Succeeded by Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
Personal details
Born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
August 13, 1926
Birán, Holguin Province, Cuba
Died November 25, 2016(2016-11-25) (aged 90)
Havana, Cuba
Political party Orthodox Party
(1946–52)
26th of July Movement
(1953–65)
Communist Party of Cuba
(1965–2016)
Spouse(s) Mirta Diaz-Balart (1948–55)
Dalia Soto del Valle (1980–2016; his death)
Relations Raúl, Ramon, Juanita
Children 11, including Alina Fernández
Residence Santiago de Cuba
Alma mater University of Havana
Profession Lawyer

Presidential powers were transferred to Raúl Castro from July 31, 2006.

Someday, the capitalist system will disappear in the United States, because no social class system has been eternal. One day, class societies will disappear.
Fidel Castro
I neither will aspire to nor will I accept, the position of president of the council of state and commander in chief.
Fidel Castro
They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?
Fidel Castro
North Americans don't understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity.
Fidel Castro
I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating… because it causes war, hypocrisy and competition.
Fidel Castro
No thieves, no traitors, no interventionists! This time the revolution is for real!
Fidel Castro
More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.
Fidel Castro
The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.
Fidel Castro
Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.
I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country.
My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn't work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious.
Fidel Castro
The revolution is a dictatorship of the exploited against the exploiters.
Sorry, I'm still a dialectical materialist.
I think that a man should not live beyond the age when he begins to deteriorate, when the flame that lighted the brightest moment of his life has weakened.
Fidel Castro
Capitalism is using its money; we socialists throw it away.
There is nothing that compares to the Holocaust.
A revolution is not a bed of roses.
I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.
Fidel Castro
The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs.
Fidel Castro
I became a Communist by studying capitalist political economy, and when I had some understanding of that problem, it actually seemed to me so absurd, so irrational, so inhuman, that I simply began to elaborate on my own formulas for production and distribution.
Fidel Castro
A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past.
There is not Communism or Marxism, but representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.
Fidel Castro
I am Fidel Castro and we have come to liberate Cuba.
Every country must be absolutely free to adopt the type of economic, political and social system that it considers convenient.
Fidel Castro
Nothing in the world is irreversible, not even capitalism.
I have always fought for concrete facts, for justice.

I can assure you that my first and foremost interest is my country.
I began revolution with 82 men. If I had to do it again, I do it with 10 or 15 and absolute faith. It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and plan of action.
Fidel Castro
I am a Marxist Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.
How can we help President Obama?
I would not vote for the mayor. It's not just because he didn't invite me to dinner, but because on my way into town from the airport there were such enormous potholes.
Fidel Castro
I don't think it is so difficult to solve the problems between Cuba and the United States; it all depends on whether there is a dialogue, a discussion, or if the prejudices and hatred of people like the extremists and terrorists from the Cuban community, who try to impose their policies, prevail.
Fidel Castro
I am not a communist and neither is the revolutionary movement.
Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony.
Fidel Castro
I don't think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews.