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Mao Zedong Quotes


Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong rose from his agrarian background in rural Hunan province to become one of the founding members of the Chinese communist party (CPC) and the founder of the People's Republic of China. Being a revolutionary in any country is a struggle but when your target is the planets most populous country that task becomes Herculean. His struggle began in earnest in 1923 when the CPC allied with Kuomintang nationalist party (KMT) in fighting Chinese warlords whose grip on their own localised power prevented the creation of a one government state. In 1927 the KMT double crossed the CPC attacking them in their own quest for power and Mao had to lead a Communist retreat for survival which was the making of his legend as it became known as the "The Long March" that lasted one year from October 1934 until October 1935. The Japanese invasion of China caused an uneasy alliance to form again between the KMT and the CPC, but once the Japanese threat was eliminated after WW2 the two Chinese factions were back at loggerheads in a fully blown Chinese civil war. The CPC were victorious in 1949 and Mao Zedong became the Chairman of the Communist Party and was to rule over China until his death in 1976. His legacy was to lay the foundations for China to again become a world super power but it was not without great struggle and hardship along the way. In 1957 he saw the progression of the country as being too slow and decided to implement a policy that although was well intentioned, it was far from well thought out and ultimately led to the death of tens of millions of people. The "Great Leap Forward", as it was called, was a multi faceted program that intended to industrialise the country and revolutionise agriculture. The humble sparrow was deemed a threat to crops as it ate seeds, grain and fruit, so he announced a nationwide cull of all sparrows with scant regard for what the unintended consequences might be. Sparrows like to eat insects also and are the nemesis of the locust, all of a sudden China was not taking a great leap forward but rather taking a leap into a plague of locusts that along with a drought decimated the Chinese crop output of 1959 and 1960. The cull was eventually abandoned but sparrows were nearly extinct in China and it took years for the population to recover. The Cultural Revolution which started in 1967 was another unfortunate episode of Mao's reign as it targeted many educated people who had a lot to offer the country and it was another period where millions of people lost their lives. His legacy tends to focus on the negatives of his chairmanship but there were plenty of positive aspects to his time in power that should be considered. The late 1960's and early 1970's saw some great technological advances for China as they became a nuclear power and launched their first satellite into space. Life expectancy rose significantly during this period and China finally mastered the art of feeding their burgeoning population as living standards generally rose. Another often overlooked aspect of his reign was the wealth gap was far less than it is today in China which made everyone feel more equal. He was a great poet, orator and he was always good for a one liner, so here is my compilation of 20 of the best Mao Zedong quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Mao Zedong
  • Born: 26th December 1893, Shaoshan, Hunan, Qing Empire
  • Died: 9th September 1976, Beijing, People's Republic of China
  • Resting place: Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Beijing, People's Republic of China
  • Political party: Communist Party of China
  • Parents: Mao Yichang (father) and Wen Qimei (mother)
  • Alma mater: Hunan First Normal University
  • Occupation: Revolutionary and Chinese communist leader
  • Founded: People's Republic of China - he was also a joint founder of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
  • Ideology: Maoism
  • Height: 1.75 m (5' 7")
  • Nickname: Chairman Mao
  • Controversy: In 1958 he introduced what was deemed as the "Great Leap Forward" which was meant to improve agriculture and industrial output but instead had the reverse effect and millions died of starvation due to the policy driven famine that resulted
  • Trivia: After being presented with 40 mangoes from the Pakistani embassy in 1968 he liked them so much he gifted them to Tsinghua University who were so taken back at the gift that it became an item of pro Chairman Mao propaganda that saw pro-government articles being written and rally's being organised in the honour of the gift of the "golden mango"
  • Quotes about Mao Zedong: King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was inspired to describe him thus: "Mao Zedong! Amazing man! Imagine him and his followers wandering through China day and night, fighting for their goal. What an effort. He has also written beautiful prose and excellent poems"
  • The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso looked up to him: "He appears to me as a father and he himself considered me as a son"
  • Nikita Khrushchev showed political admiration: "Mao has played politics with Asian cunning and has always been a master at concealing his true intention. I was always on my guard with him"
  • The Ethiopian leader Haile Selassie was impressed as he said: "We spoke at length and We really liked Mao Zedong. A lot. He gave Us a very good impression. He is a good and very serious leader, and his people have done well to embrace him"

"In waking a tiger, use a long stick"

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"One cannot advance without mistakes... It is necessary to make mistakes. The party cannot be educated without learning from mistakes"

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"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"

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"Today, two big mountains lie like a dead weight on the Chinese people. One is imperialism, the other is feudalism"

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"Marxist philosophy holds that the law of the unity of opposites is the fundamental law of the universe"

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"What is needed is scientific analysis and convincing argument. Dogmatic criticism settles nothing"

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"We should support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support"

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

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"Firstly, do not fear hardship, and secondly, do not fear death"

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"Deaths have benefits. They can fertilise the ground"

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"All political power comes from the barrel of a gun"

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"A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another"

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"The Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party"

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"Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed"

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"Let a hundred flowers bloom: let a hundred schools of thought contend"

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"Our God is none other than the masses of the Chinese people"

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"The people are the sea that the revolutionary swims in"

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"Where there is oppression,there is revolt"

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"A revolution is not a dinner party"

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"All reactionaries are paper tigers"

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