Mao Zedong


Quotations

  • ''Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. Lecture, May 1938. "On Protracted War," Selected Works, vol. 2 (1965).
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  • ''Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. Lecture, May 1938. "On Protracted War," Selected Works, vol. 2 (1965).
  • ''Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. speech, Nov. 6, 1938. "Problems of War and Strategy," Selected Works, vol. 2 (1965).
  • ''Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. speech, Feb. 27, 1957, Peking. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1966).
  • ''If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself.... If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese Founder of the People's Republic of China. Speech, July 1937, Yenan, China.
  • ''The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. "On Coalition Government," vol. 3, April 24, 1945, Selected Works.
  • ''Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive factor; it is people, not things, that are decisive. The contest of strength is not only a contest of military and economic power, but also a contest of human power and morale. Military and economic power is necessarily wielded by people.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese leader, founder of the People's Republic of China. Published in Selected Works, vol. 2 (1961). "On Protracted War," (May 1938).
  • ''War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. "Problems of War and Strategy," vol. 2, November 6, 1938, Selected Works (1961).
  • ''So long as a person who has made mistakes ... honestly and sincerely wishes to be cured and to mend his ways, we should welcome him and cure his sickness so that he can become a good comrade. We can never succeed if we just let ourselves go and lash at him.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese politician, founder of the People's Republic of China. Speech, 1965, Peking. Published in Selected Works, vol. 3, p. 50.
  • ''Apart from their other characteristics, the outstanding thing about China's 600 million people is that they are "poor and blank." This may seem a bad thing, but in reality it is a good thing. Poverty gives rise to the desire for change, the desire for action and the desire for revolution. On a blank sheet of paper free from any mark, the freshest and most beautiful pictures can be painted.''
    Mao Zedong (1893-1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. "Introducing a Co-operative" (April 15, 1958). Quoted in Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1967).

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The Double Ninth

Man ages all too easily, not Nature:
Year by year the Double Ninth returns.
On this Double Ninth,
The yellow blooms on the battlefield smell sweeter.

Each year the autumn wind blows fierce,
Unlike spring's splendour,
Yet surpassing spring's splendour,
See the endless expanse of frosty sky and water.

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