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Mao Zedong (Chinese: 毛泽东; pinyin: Máo Zédōng pronounced [mǎu tsɤ̌.tʊ́ŋ]; usually romanized historically as Mao Tse-tung; December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), also known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary who was the founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which he ruled as the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Ideologically a Marxist–Leninist, his theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism.

Mao was the son of a prosperous peasant in Shaoshan, Hunan. He had a Chinese nationalist and an anti-imperialist outlook early in his life, and was particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. He later adopted Marxism–Leninism while working at Peking University, and became a founding member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), leading the Autumn Harvest Uprising in 1927. During the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the CCP, Mao helped to found the Chinese Workers' and Peasants' Red Army, led the Jiangxi Soviet's radical land policies, and ultimately became head of the CCP during the Long March. Although the CCP temporarily allied with the KMT under the United Front during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945), China's civil war resumed after Japan's surrender and in 1949 Mao's forces defeated the Nationalist government, which withdrew to Taiwan.

On October 1, 1949, Mao proclaimed the foundation of the PRC, a single-party state controlled by the CCP. In the following years he solidified his control through campaigns against landlords, suppression of "counter-revolutionaries", "Three-anti and Five-anti Campaigns" and through a psychological victory in the Korean War, which altogether resulted in the deaths of several million Chinese. From 1953 to 1958, Mao played an important role in enforcing planned economy in China, constructing the first Constitution of the PRC, launching the industrialisation program, and initiating the "Two Bombs, One Satellite" project. In 1955–1957, Mao launched the Sufan movement and the Anti-Rightist Campaign, with at least 550,000 people persecuted in the latter, most of whom were intellectuals and dissidents. In 1958, he launched the Great Leap Forward that aimed to rapidly transform China's economy from agrarian to industrial, which led to the deadliest famine in history and the deaths of 15–55 million people between 1958 and 1962. In 1963, Mao launched the Socialist Education Movement, and in 1966 he initiated the Cultural Revolution, a program to remove "counter-revolutionary" elements in Chinese society which lasted 10 years and was marked by violent class struggle, widespread destruction of cultural artifacts, and an unprecedented elevation of Mao's cult of personality. Tens of millions of people were persecuted during the Revolution, while the estimated number of deaths ranges from hundreds of thousands to millions, including Liu Shaoqi, the 2nd Chairman of the PRC. After years of ill health, Mao suffered a series of heart attacks in 1976 and died at the age of 82. During Mao's era, China's population grew from around 550 million to over 900 million while the government did not strictly enforce its family planning policy.

A controversial figure, Mao is regarded as one of the most important individuals in the twentieth century. He is also known as a political intellect, theorist, military strategist, and poet. During Mao's era, China was involved in the Korean War, the Sino-Soviet split, the Vietnam War, and the rise of Khmer Rouge. He ruled China as an autocratic and totalitarian regime responsible for mass repression, as well as destruction of religious and cultural artifacts and sites. It was additionally responsible for vast numbers of deaths with estimates ranging from 40 to 80 million victims through starvation, persecution, prison labour and mass executions. Supporters of Mao have credited him with transforming China from a semicolony to a powerful sovereign state, with increased literacy and life expectancy.

Quote: Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of person sitting on black surface looking to sky
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Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.


Quote: The sky is no bigger than the mouth of the well. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The sky is no bigger than the mouth of the well.


Quote: Women hold up half the sky. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Women hold up half the sky.


Quote: War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.


Quote: In our international relations, we Chinese people should get rid of great-power chauvinism resolutely, thoroughly, wholly and completely. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In our international relations, we Chinese people should get rid of great-power chauvinism resolutely, thoroughly, wholly and completely.


Quote: Disaster and chaos are always good. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Disaster and chaos are always good.


Quote: Communism has nothing to do with love. Communism is an excellent hammer which we use to destroy our enemy. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Communism has nothing to do with love. Communism is an excellent hammer which we use to destroy our enemy.


Quote: The question is not whether or not there should be a cult of the individual, but rather whether or not the individual concerned represents the truth, if he does then he should be worshiped. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The question is not whether or not there should be a cult of the individual, but rather whether or not the individual concerned represents the truth, if he does then he should be worshiped.


Quote: Ours is a people's democratic dictatorship, led by the working class and based on the worker-peasant alliance. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Ours is a people's democratic dictatorship, led by the working class and based on the worker-peasant alliance.




Quote: Revolutionary war is an antitoxin which not only eliminates the enemy's poison but also purges us of our own filth. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Revolutionary war is an antitoxin which not only eliminates the enemy's poison but also purges us of our own filth.


Quote: Imperialism is a paper tiger. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Imperialism is a paper tiger.


Quote: Conditions are changing all the time, and to adapt one's thinking to the new conditions, one must study. Even those who have a better grasp of Marxism and are comparatively firm in their proletarian stand have to go on studying, have to absorb what is new and study new problems. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote; white text on black background

Conditions are changing all the time, and to adapt one's thinking to the new conditions, one must study. Even those who have a better grasp of Marxism and are comparatively firm in their proletarian stand have to go on studying, have to absorb what is new and study new problems.


Quote: There is no such thing as abstract Marxism, only concrete Marxism... The Sinofication of Marxism -- that is, making certain that its manifestation is imbued with Chinese peculiarities -- is a problem that must be understood and solved by the party without delay. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

There is no such thing as abstract Marxism, only concrete Marxism... The Sinofication of Marxism -- that is, making certain that its manifestation is imbued with Chinese peculiarities -- is a problem that must be understood and solved by the party without delay.


Quote: Khrushchev should get a one-ton medal. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Khrushchev should get a one-ton medal.


Quote: A Communist must never be opinionated or domineering, thinking that he is good in everything while others are good in nothing; he must never shut himself up in his little room, or brag and boast and lord it over others. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

A Communist must never be opinionated or domineering, thinking that he is good in everything while others are good in nothing; he must never shut himself up in his little room, or brag and boast and lord it over others.


Quote: The spark from a tiny star can ignite the plains. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The spark from a tiny star can ignite the plains.


Quote: Every comrade must be brought to understand that the supreme test of the words and deeds of a Communist is whether they conform with the highest interests and enjoy the support of the overwhelming majority of the people. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Every comrade must be brought to understand that the supreme test of the words and deeds of a Communist is whether they conform with the highest interests and enjoy the support of the overwhelming majority of the people.


Quote: The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.




Quote: We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do not want war; but war can only be abolished through war. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do not want war; but war can only be abolished through war.


Quote: To Be Attacked by the Enemy Is Not a Bad Thing but a Good Thing. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

To Be Attacked by the Enemy Is Not a Bad Thing but a Good Thing.


Quote: We must thoroughly clear away all ideas among our cadres of winning easy victories through good luck, without hard and bitter struggle, without sweat and blood. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We must thoroughly clear away all ideas among our cadres of winning easy victories through good luck, without hard and bitter struggle, without sweat and blood.


Quote: Wherever our comrades go they must build good relations with the masses, be concerned for them and help them overcome their difficulties. We must unite with the masses, the more of the masses we unite with, the better. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Wherever our comrades go they must build good relations with the masses, be concerned for them and help them overcome their difficulties. We must unite with the masses, the more of the masses we unite with, the better.


Quote: What is work? Work is struggle. There are difficulties and problems in those places for us to overcome and solve. We go there to work and struggle to overcome these difficulties. A good comrade is one who is more eager to go where the difficulties are greater. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

What is work? Work is struggle. There are difficulties and problems in those places for us to overcome and solve. We go there to work and struggle to overcome these difficulties. A good comrade is one who is more eager to go where the difficulties are greater.


Quote: We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports.


Quote: The enemy will not perish of himself. Neither will the Chinese reactionaries nor the aggressive forces of U.S. imperialism in China step down from the stage of history of their own accord. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The enemy will not perish of himself. Neither will the Chinese reactionaries nor the aggressive forces of U.S. imperialism in China step down from the stage of history of their own accord.


Quote: After the enemies with guns have been wiped out, there will still be enemies without guns; they are bound to struggle desperately against us, and we must never regard these enemies lightly. If we do nor now raise and understand the problem in this way, we shall commit the gravest mistakes. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote: After the enemies with guns have been wiped out, there will still be enemies without guns; they are bound to struggle desperately against us, and we must never regard these enemies lightly. If we do nor now raise and understand the problem in this way, we shall commit the gravest mistakes.- black text on quotes background

After the enemies with guns have been wiped out, there will still be enemies without guns; they are bound to struggle desperately against us, and we must never regard these enemies lightly. If we do nor now raise and understand the problem in this way, we shall commit the gravest mistakes.


Quote: Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? No. They come from social practice, and from it alone; they come from three kinds of social practice, the struggle for production, the class struggle and scientific experiment. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? No. They come from social practice, and from it alone; they come from three kinds of social practice, the struggle for production, the class struggle and scientific experiment.


Quote: All our officers and fighters must always bear in mind that we are the great People's Liberation Army, we are the troops led by the great Communist Party of China. Provided we constantly observe the directives of the Party, we are sure to win. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

All our officers and fighters must always bear in mind that we are the great People's Liberation Army, we are the troops led by the great Communist Party of China. Provided we constantly observe the directives of the Party, we are sure to win.


Quote: In literary and art criticism there are two criteria, the political and the artistic. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In literary and art criticism there are two criteria, the political and the artistic.


Quote: If the U.S. monopoly capitalist groups persist in pushing their policies of aggression and war, the day is bound to come when they will be hanged by the people of the whole world. The same fate awaits the accomplices of the United States. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

If the U.S. monopoly capitalist groups persist in pushing their policies of aggression and war, the day is bound to come when they will be hanged by the people of the whole world. The same fate awaits the accomplices of the United States.


Quote: Let one thousand flowers bloom. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Let one thousand flowers bloom.


Quote: A revolution does not march a straight line. It wanders where it can, retreats before superior forces, advances wherever it has room, attacks whenever the enemy retreats or bluffs, and above all, is possessed of enormous patience. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

A revolution does not march a straight line. It wanders where it can, retreats before superior forces, advances wherever it has room, attacks whenever the enemy retreats or bluffs, and above all, is possessed of enormous patience.


Quote: Anyone who sees only the bright side but not the difficulties cannot fight effectively for the accomplishment of the Party's tasks. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Anyone who sees only the bright side but not the difficulties cannot fight effectively for the accomplishment of the Party's tasks.


Quote: Even though I believe we should promote Chinese medicine, I personally do not believe in it. I don't take Chinese medicine. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Even though I believe we should promote Chinese medicine, I personally do not believe in it. I don't take Chinese medicine.


Quote: The arrow of Marxist-Leninism must be used to hit the target of the Chinese Revolution. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The arrow of Marxist-Leninism must be used to hit the target of the Chinese Revolution.


Quote: Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.


Quote: In class society everyone lives as a member of a particular class, and every kind of thinking, without exception, is stamped with the brand of class. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In class society everyone lives as a member of a particular class, and every kind of thinking, without exception, is stamped with the brand of class.


Quote: We stand for self-reliance. We hope for foreign aid but cannot be dependent on it; we depend on our own efforts, on the creative power of the whole army and the entire people. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We stand for self-reliance. We hope for foreign aid but cannot be dependent on it; we depend on our own efforts, on the creative power of the whole army and the entire people.




Quote: There should be celebration rallies when people die... We believe in dialectics, and so we can't not be in favor of death. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

There should be celebration rallies when people die... We believe in dialectics, and so we can't not be in favor of death.




Quote: We must have faith, first, that the peasant masses are ready to advance step by step along the road of socialism under the leadership of the Party, and second, that the Party is capable of leading the peasants along this road. These two points are the essence of the matter, the main current. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote: We must have faith, first, that the peasant masses are ready to advance step by step along the road of socialism under the leadership of the Party, and second, that the Party is capable of leading the peasants along this road. These two points are the essence of the matter, the main current.- black text on quotes background

We must have faith, first, that the peasant masses are ready to advance step by step along the road of socialism under the leadership of the Party, and second, that the Party is capable of leading the peasants along this road. These two points are the essence of the matter, the main current.






Quote: The whole world is very bright. The darker the clouds, the greater the light. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The whole world is very bright. The darker the clouds, the greater the light.


Quote: You have never suffered-how can you be a leftist? by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

You have never suffered-how can you be a leftist?


Quote: When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill.


Quote: It was the Russians that introduced the Chinese to Marxism. Before the October Revolution, the Chinese were not only ignorant of Lenin and Stalin but did not even know of Marx or Engels. The salvos of the October Revolution awoke us to Marxism-Leninism. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

It was the Russians that introduced the Chinese to Marxism. Before the October Revolution, the Chinese were not only ignorant of Lenin and Stalin but did not even know of Marx or Engels. The salvos of the October Revolution awoke us to Marxism-Leninism.


Quote: There may be thousands of principles of Marxism, but in the final analysis they can be summed up in one sentence: Rebellion is justified. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

There may be thousands of principles of Marxism, but in the final analysis they can be summed up in one sentence: Rebellion is justified.


Quote: All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.


Quote: The masses are the real heroes, while we ourselves are often childish and ignorant, and without this understanding, it is impossible to acquire even the most rudimentary knowledge. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The masses are the real heroes, while we ourselves are often childish and ignorant, and without this understanding, it is impossible to acquire even the most rudimentary knowledge.


Quote: The great man, Genghis Khan, only knew how to shoot eagles with an arrow. The past is past. To see real heroes, look around you. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The great man, Genghis Khan, only knew how to shoot eagles with an arrow. The past is past. To see real heroes, look around you.


Quote: Reactionaries must be deprived of the right to voice their opinions; only the people have that right. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Reactionaries must be deprived of the right to voice their opinions; only the people have that right.


Quote: Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul.


Quote: Dogma is less useful than cow dung. One can make whatever one likes out of it, even revisionism . by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Dogma is less useful than cow dung. One can make whatever one likes out of it, even revisionism .


Quote: The officers do not beat the men; the officers and men receive equal treatment. Soldiers are free to hold meetings and speak out. Trivial formalities have been done away with and the accounts are open for all to inspect. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The officers do not beat the men; the officers and men receive equal treatment. Soldiers are free to hold meetings and speak out. Trivial formalities have been done away with and the accounts are open for all to inspect.


Quote: I am hated by many, especially comrade Pang Dehuai, his hatred is so intense that he wished me dead. My policy with Pang Dehuai is such: You don't touch me, I don't touch you; You touch me,
I touch you. Even though we were once like brothers, it doesn't change a thing. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote; white text on black background

I am hated by many, especially comrade Pang Dehuai, his hatred is so intense that he wished me dead. My policy with Pang Dehuai is such: You don't touch me, I don't touch you; You touch me,
I touch you. Even though we were once like brothers, it doesn't change a thing.


Quote: History shows that wars are divided into two kinds-just and unjust. All wars that are progressive are just, and all wars that impede progress are unjust. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

History shows that wars are divided into two kinds-just and unjust. All wars that are progressive are just, and all wars that impede progress are unjust.


Quote: There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. This tendency will become rampant if we in the slightest way neglect political work among the peasants during the co-operative movement and for a very long period after. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. This tendency will become rampant if we in the slightest way neglect political work among the peasants during the co-operative movement and for a very long period after.


Quote: The commanders and fighters of the entire Chinese People's Liberation Army absolutely must not relax in the least their will to fight; any thinking that relaxes the will to fight and belittles the enemy is wrong. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The commanders and fighters of the entire Chinese People's Liberation Army absolutely must not relax in the least their will to fight; any thinking that relaxes the will to fight and belittles the enemy is wrong.


Quote: As for the imperialist countries, we should unite with their peoples and strive to coexist peacefully with those countries, do business with them and prevent any possible war, but under no circumstances should we harbour any unrealistic notions about them. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

As for the imperialist countries, we should unite with their peoples and strive to coexist peacefully with those countries, do business with them and prevent any possible war, but under no circumstances should we harbour any unrealistic notions about them.




Quote: Don't wait untill problems pile up and cause a lot of trouble before trying to solve them. Leaders must march ahead the movement, not lag behind it. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Don't wait untill problems pile up and cause a lot of trouble before trying to solve them. Leaders must march ahead the movement, not lag behind it.




Quote: In the struggle to defend the legacy of Leninism ... Stalin proved himself to be an outstanding Marxist-Leninist fighter... Stalin's works should, as before, be seriously studied ... to see what is correct and what is not. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In the struggle to defend the legacy of Leninism ... Stalin proved himself to be an outstanding Marxist-Leninist fighter... Stalin's works should, as before, be seriously studied ... to see what is correct and what is not.




Quote: The attitude of Communists towards any person who has made mistakes in his work should be one of persuasion in order to help him change and start afresh and not one of exclusion, unless he is incorrigible. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The attitude of Communists towards any person who has made mistakes in his work should be one of persuasion in order to help him change and start afresh and not one of exclusion, unless he is incorrigible.


Quote: 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. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

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.


Quote: We must learn to do economic work from all who know how, no matter who they are. We must esteem them as teachers, learning from them respectfully and conscientiously. We must not pretend to know when we do not know. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We must learn to do economic work from all who know how, no matter who they are. We must esteem them as teachers, learning from them respectfully and conscientiously. We must not pretend to know when we do not know.


Quote: If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution.


Quote: All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience.


Quote: If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: If we did ten things, nine were bad and got disclosed by the newspapers, we will be over. Then I will go, to the countryside, lead the peasant and revolt. If the Liberation Army do not follow me, I will get the Red Army. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

If we did ten things, nine were bad and got disclosed by the newspapers, we will be over. Then I will go, to the countryside, lead the peasant and revolt. If the Liberation Army do not follow me, I will get the Red Army.




Quote: In times of difficulty we must not lose sight of our achievements, must see the bright future and must pluck up our courage. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In times of difficulty we must not lose sight of our achievements, must see the bright future and must pluck up our courage.


Quote: As far as world war goes, there are really only two possibilities: either war provokes revolution, or revolution averts war. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

As far as world war goes, there are really only two possibilities: either war provokes revolution, or revolution averts war.


Quote: The main form of struggle is war; the main form of organization is the army... . Without armed struggle there would be no place for the proletariat, there will be no place for the people, there will be no place for the Communist Party, and there will be no victory in revolution. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote; white text on black background

The main form of struggle is war; the main form of organization is the army... . Without armed struggle there would be no place for the proletariat, there will be no place for the people, there will be no place for the Communist Party, and there will be no victory in revolution.




Quote: New things have to experience difficulties and setbacks as they grow. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

New things have to experience difficulties and setbacks as they grow.








Quote: Revolutions and revolutionary wars are inevitable in class society, and without them it is impossible to accomplish any leap in social development and to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and therefore impossible for the people to win political power. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Revolutions and revolutionary wars are inevitable in class society, and without them it is impossible to accomplish any leap in social development and to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and therefore impossible for the people to win political power.


Quote: Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.




Quote: In transforming backward agricultural China into an advanced industrialized country, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate. So we must be good at learning. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In transforming backward agricultural China into an advanced industrialized country, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate. So we must be good at learning.


Quote: What is basic guerilla strategy? Guerilla strategy must be based primarily on alertness, mobility, and attack. It must be adjusted to the enemy situation, the terrain, the existing lines of communication, the relative strengths, the weather, and the situation of the people. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote; white text on black background

What is basic guerilla strategy? Guerilla strategy must be based primarily on alertness, mobility, and attack. It must be adjusted to the enemy situation, the terrain, the existing lines of communication, the relative strengths, the weather, and the situation of the people.


Quote: In a suitable temperature, an egg becomes a chicken, and there are no chickens born of stones. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In a suitable temperature, an egg becomes a chicken, and there are no chickens born of stones.




Quote: The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. Young people, full of vigour and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you...The world belongs to you. China's future belongs to you. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of Mao Zedong quote; white text on black background

The world is yours, as well as ours, but in the last analysis, it is yours. Young people, full of vigour and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you...The world belongs to you. China's future belongs to you.


Quote: There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause.


Quote: An army of the people is invincible! by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

An army of the people is invincible!






Quote: 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. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

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.


Quote: Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.


Quote: Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.


Quote: We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.


Quote: I voted for you during your last election. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

I voted for you during your last election.


Quote: The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.


Quote: Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work.


Quote: All reactionaries are paper tigers. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

All reactionaries are paper tigers.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but

the people who are really powerful.


Quote: An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.


Quote: Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.


Quote: The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.


Quote: To read too many books is harmful. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

To read too many books is harmful.


Quote: In waking a tiger, use a long stick. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.


Quote: People like me sound like a lot of big cannons. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

People like me sound like a lot of big cannons.


Quote: Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.


Quote: We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.


Quote: Political work is the life-blood of all economic work. by author Mao Zedong overlaid on photo of photo of author Mao Zedong with quote

Political work is the life-blood of all economic work.


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