"The National Ballet of Cuba has been present in the greatest moments of our major cultural endeavors, throughout the long battle for independence and socialism waged by our people".
"Without culture, freedom is not possible. The accuracy of this claim is what inspires our efforts today. And for us, culture is not limited to artistic pursuits, but rather, it encompasses a concept of comprehensive general culture that includes professional training and basic knowledge of a wide range of disciplines in the sciences, arts and humanities".
"Alicia’s excellence, her talent, tenacity and example, have inspired generations of brilliant artists, and made possible the miracle: the existence of the National Ballet of Cuba, with its world-class quality and worldwide prestige; the birth of the Cuban School of Ballet, a synthesis of universality, tradition, Cubanness and a style uniquely its own, recognized and acclaimed around the globe; the training of new and extraordinary talents; and the possibility of realizing other ambitious dreams".
“We want the youth to be well-educated, well-schooled, well-organized, well-trained, and well-informed. The Revolution has perhaps no more important task than this--the preparation of the new generations for a superior life, a better life, a different life”.
“[…] the human being, the human society are faced with the crucial necessity to advance at the same pace of the technological and scientific knowledge; the human society feels that vital necessity.”
“Along with the Revolution, one of the most unjust forms of discrimination that has existed has been disappearing: discrimination against women, of the kind that was not talked about but which lay there, continued to exist and weighed heavily upon the women of our country.”
Speech given at the closing ceremony for the Third National Plenary Meeting of the Federation of Cuban Women on the Isle of Pines. February 19, 1965
“To create bureaucracy is to blow human resources sky high, is to turn a man or a woman into a useless and parasite citizen; is to ditch human energy and intelligence, which should be destined for useful things for the society, useful things for the human beings.”
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