Citas

While many recognize the tremendous advances that our country has made in health care, education and sports, as if these were the only objectives, or the final objectives of our struggles or our lives, we would have to add: We are striving for something much more noble, we are striving for justice for all.

References to the original: Speech given by Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, during former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s visit to the Latin American Medical School. May 13, 2002

“I have always thought that education is one of the noblest and most human tasks to which anyone can dedicate their life. Without it there is no science, no art, no literature; there isn’t nor would there be today any production, nor economy, health nor wellbeing, quality of life, nor recreation, self-esteem, nor any social recognition possible.” 

 

References to the original: Speech given at the closing ceremony of the Pedagogy 2003 Congress. February 7, 2003

“When I speak of internal threats, I am only thinking about social or moral dangers than could affect our people and jeopardize their safety, education or health. It is well known how hard we have fought against the habit of smoking, and how it has been greatly reduced. We are similarly fighting against alcohol abuse, or the unfortunate practice of its consumption during pregnancy, which can lead to the birth of children with mental retardation or other serious physical disabilities”.

References to the original: Speech on the current world crisis, on the occasion of his inauguration as President of the Republic of Cuba, Havana, March 6, 2003

"Our firm unity and the nature of our social, economic and political system will make it possible to reach the goal we have set ourselves.We shall certainly be the first in the world in the health field, and its noble and human benefits will be within reach of all of our compatriots in health centers of excellence where they will not pay a penny".

References to the original: Address at the opening ceremony of the Special Works Health Program already underway, carried out in Cuba, Astral Theater, April 7, 2003

The name of Cuba will go down in history for ever because of what it has done and is still doing for humanity in the fields of education, culture and health in the most difficult period that our species has known.

References to the original: SPEECH GIVEN BY COMMANDER IN CHIEF, FIDEL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA AT THE CEREMONY TO LAUNCH THE 2003-2004, September 8, 2003

“Sometimes the ignorance in some far-off corner of the country is such that people don’t know that there is a social security service or that it is possible to receive the care needed; but, in fact, there is a team that finds these people, weighs them, measures their frame to check that they are of the right weight and size for their age group: these are the social workers.”.

References to the original: Speech given on the occasion of the sixth grade graduation ceremony of Primary Schools in Cárdenas, Matanzas, on 21 July 2005