32 Best Subcomandante Marcos Quotes from the Mexican Insurgent

Subcomandante Marcos, believed to be Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente, was a Mexican professor and the leader of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN).

Launching a rebellion in 1994, he championed the rights of Mexico’s indigenous people and became an international rebel icon.

Marcos emerged in 1994, known for his black mask and stirring communiqués.

In 1995, President Zedillo labeled Marcos as Guillén, attempting to undermine his credibility, which led to massive public support for Marcos.


By 1996, peace talks led to the San Andrés Accords, later rejected by Zedillo. Marcos opposed neoliberalism and globalization and became a figurehead for leftist groups.

In the 2000s, he led marches and campaigns advocating for indigenous rights and political change. Marcos authored several works, never confirming or denying his true identity.

I have made a list of the best quotes by Subcomandante Marcos.

Best Subcomandante Marcos Quotes


Our war cries opened the deaf ears of the almighty government and its accomplices. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.


We are an army of dreamers, and that’s why we’re invincible.


Our choice is not between war and peace but between life with dignity or without. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.


For me it is clear that photography prizes should be for those being photographed and not for the photographers. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In previous armies, soldiers used their time to clean their weapons and stock up on ammunition. Our weapons are words, and we may need our arsenal at any moment. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In the end, the women can be very rebellious, and very capable and all of that, but if she depends on a man economically, she has few possibilities. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.


We are sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a revolution. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In addition to being extremely expensive, and we have to put up with the stupidities that the candidates repeat, it’s really being decided elsewhere who will sit in the presidential seat. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Always, since our birth, we’ve insisted on another way of doing politics. Now, we had the chance to do it without arms, but without stopping being Zapatistas; that’s why we keep the masks on. Subcomandante Marcos.

Famous Subcomandante Marcos Quotes

As to whether Marcos is gay: Marcos is gay in San Francisco, black in South Africa, an Asian in Europe, a Chicano in San Ysidro, an anarchist in Spain, a Palestinian in Israel, a Mayan Indian in the streets of San Cristobal, a Jew in Germany, a Gypsy in Poland, a Mohawk in Quebec, a pacifist in Bosnia, a single woman on the Metro at 10pm, a peasant without land, a gang member in the slums, an unemployed worker, an unhappy student and, of course, a Zapatista in the mountains. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In our dreams we have seen another world, an honest world, a world decidedly more fair than the one in which we now live. We saw that in this world there was no need for armies; peace, justice and liberty were so common that no one talked about them as far-off concepts, but as things such as bread, birds, air, water, like book and voice. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Marcos is all the exploited, marginalised, oppressed minorities resisting and saying “Enough!” He is every minority who is now beginning to speak and every majority that must shut up and listen. He is every untolerated group searching for a way to speak. Everything that makes power and the good consciences of those in power uncomfortable – this is Marcos. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In the cabaret of globalization, the state shows itself as a table dancer that strips off everything until it is left with only the minimum indispensable garments: the repressive force. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In reality, the pioneers of this transformation of the indigenous Zapatista woman are a merit of the women insurgents. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Top Subcomandante Marcos Quotes

Every time the diaphragm winks, the camera repeats the question that now travels through cyberspace and invades, as a modern virus, the memories of machines, men and women. The question that history sets forth. The question which forces us to define ourselves and whose answer makes us human: On which side are you? ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

The prophecy is here: When the storm calms, when rain and fire again leave the country in peace, the world will no longer be the world, but something better. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

This wind will come from the mountains. It is already being born under the trees and is conspiring for a new world, so new that it is barely an intuition in the collective heart that inspired it… ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Toward the end of the Cold War, capitalism created a military horror: the neutron bomb, a weapon that destroys life while leaving buildings intact. During the Fourth World War, however, a new wonder has been discovered: the financial bomb. Unlike those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this new bomb not only destroys the polis (here, the nation), imposing death, terror, and misery on those who live there, but also transforms its target into just another piece in the puzzle of economic globalization. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

We don’t want to impose our solutions by force, we want to create a democratic space. We don’t see armed struggle in the classic sense of previous guerrilla wars, that is as the only way and the only all-powerful truth around which everything is organized. In a war, the decisive thing is not the military confrontation but the politics at stake in the confrontation. We didn’t go to war to kill or be killed. We went to war in order to be heard. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

The word of the oldest of the old of our peoples didn’t stop. It spoke the truth, saying that our feet couldn’t walk alone, that our history of pain and shame was repeated and multiplied in the flesh and blood of the brothers and sisters of other lands and skies. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

We are nothing if we walk alone; we are everything when we walk together in step with other dignified feet. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Popular Subcomandante Marcos Quotes

But I’ll tell you more about that later… or maybe I won’t, because some wounds just don’t heal even if you talk them out. On the contrary, the more you dress them up in words, the more they bleed. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.


We came to know each other in war, and in war we continue. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

In that first blow to the deaf walls of those who have everything, the blood of our people, our blood, ran generously to wash away injustice. To live, we die. Our dead once again walked the way of truth. Our hope was fertilized with mud and blood. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Question the images. Take them by the hand and don’t let the sweet distancing they offer you vanquish you; do away with the distance’s comfort or the soft indifference you derive from concentrating on the quality of the framing, the use of light and shadows, the successful composition. Force these images to bring you to the Mexican Southeast, to history, to the struggle, to this taking sides, to choose a faction. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Great Subcomandante Marcos Quotes

The powerful have invoked God at their side in this war, so that we will accept their power and our weakness as something that has been established by divine plan. But there is no god behind this war other than the god of money, nor any right other than the desire for death and destruction… Today there is a “NO” which shall weaken the powerful and strengthen the weak: the “NO” to war. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

We think, fundamentally, that the future story of Latin America, not only of Mexico but for all of Latin America, will be constructed from the bottom – that the rest of what’s happening, in any case, are steps. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

All cultures forged by nations – the noble indigenous past of America, the brilliant civilization of Europe, the wise history of Asian nations, and the ancestral wealth of Africa and Oceania—are corroded by the American way of life. In this way, neoliberalism imposes the destruction of nations and groups of nations in order to reconstruct them according to a single model. This is a planetary war, of the worst and cruelest kind, waged against humanity. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

The photographer discovers himself/herself being photographed and we can guess he is uncomfortable. Unsuccessfully he/she tries to recompose his posture and to look like a photographer taking photos. But no, he is and continues to be a spectator. The momentous fact of being photographed leads him to becoming an actor. And, as always, actors must assume a role, which is only an elegant way of avoiding to say they must choose sides, choose a faction, take an option. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

… the photographer is a thief who chooses what he steals (which, at this stage of the crisis, is a luxury) and does not democratize the image, that is to say, the photographer selects the pictures, a privilege which ought to be granted to the person being photographed. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

The world we want to transform has already been worked on by history and is largely hollow. We must nevertheless be inventive enough to change it and build a new world. Take care and do not forget ideas are also weapons. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

Love is like a teacup that every day falls to the ground and breaks to pieces. In the morning the pieces are gathered and with a little moisture and a little warmth, the pieces are glued together, and again there is a little teacup. He who is in love spends life fearing that the terrible day will come when the teacup is so broken that it can no longer mended. ~ Subcomandante Marcos.

So these were the 32 top Subcomandante Marcos quotes and sayings.

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