The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are; but it is one of the most consistent with our character and our courage as a nation and our commitments around the world. The cost of freedom is always high — but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and this is the path of surrender or submission. Our goal is not victory of might but the vindication of right — not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere and, we hope, around the world. God willing, that goal will be achieved. Thank you, and good night.
John F. Kennedy
Cuban Missile Crisis speech (22 October 1962)
This country is heaven, in the spiritual sense of the word. And I say, we prefer to die in heaven than survive in hell.
Speech made by Castro on February 2, 2005
The Cuban people refuse to be forced into consumerism, and for that we are the most democratic nation on the planet!
The revenues of Cuban state-run companies are used exclusively for the benefit of the people, to whom they belong.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Art of War
The Story of My Experiments with Truth
Out of My Later Years
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