Mao Zedong

(Mao Tse-tung)

Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
  • Born: December 26, 1893
  • Died: September 9, 1976
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Profession: Revolutionary, Statesman

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‘Crowning’ the landlords and parading them through the villages. This sort of thing is very common. A tall paper-hat is stuck on the head of one of the local tyrants or evil gentry, bearing the words ‘Local tyrant so-and-so’ or ‘So-and-so of the evil gentry’. He is led by a rope and escorted with big crowds in front and behind. Sometimes brass gongs are beaten and flags waved to attract people's attention. This form of punishment more than any other makes the local tyrants and evil gentry tremble. Anyone who has once been crowned with a tall paper-hat loses face altogether and can never again hold up his head. Hence many of the rich prefer being fined to wearing the tall hat. But wear it they must, if the peasants insist. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
‘Down with imperialism!’ ‘Down with the warlords!’ ‘Down with the corrupt officials!’ ‘Down with the local tyrants and evil gentry!’ -- these political slogans have grown wings, they have found their way to the young, the middle-aged and the old, to the women and children in countless villages, they have penetrated into their minds and are on their lips. For instance, watch a group of children at play. If one gets angry with another, if he glares, stamps his foot and shakes his fist, you will then immediately hear from the other the shrill cry of "Down with imperialism! Slogans & Mottoes
“Let a hundred flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend" is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land. Policy & Policy Making
“You are dictatorial.” My dear sirs, you are right, that is just what we are. All the experience the Chinese people have accumulated through several decades teaches us to enforce the people's democratic dictatorship, that is, to deprive the reactionaries of the right to speak and let the people alone have that right. Freedom & Liberty ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
… religion is poison Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… the Chinese Red Army is an armed body for carrying out the political tasks of the revolution…. the Red Army should certainly not confine itself to fighting; besides fighting to destroy the enemy's military strength, it should shoulder such important tasks as doing propaganda among the masses, organizing the masses, arming them, helping them to establish revolutionary political power and setting up Party organizations. The Red Army fights not merely for the sake of fighting but in order to conduct propaganda among the masses, organize them, arm them, and help them to establish revolutionary political power. Without these objectives, fighting loses its meaning and the Red Army loses the reason for its existence. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
All creatures fight for freedom. Freedom & Liberty
All reactionaries are paper tigers. Liberals & Conservatives
Any specialized skill may be capitalized on and so may lead to arrogance and contempt of others. Even one's age may become ground for conceit. The young, because they are bright and capable, may look down upon the old; and the old, because they are rich in experience, may look down upon the young. Miscellaneous
Armament is an important factor in war but not the decisive factor .... Man, not material, forms the decisive factor. Military & Veterans
As to the authority of the husband, this has always been weaker among the poor peasants because, out of economic necessity, their womenfolk have to do more manual labor than the women of the richer classes and therefore have more say and greater power of decision in family matters. Minorities & Women ;Social Sciences
Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Communists must grasp the principle of subordinating the needs of the part to the needs of the whole. If a proposal appears feasible for a partial situation but not for the situation as a whole, then the part must give way to the whole. Conversely, if the proposal is not feasible for the part but is feasible in the light of the situation as a whole, again the part must give way to the whole. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Criticism may be made without regard to organizational discipline: Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Divide our forces to arouse the masses, concentrate our forces to deal with the enemy. The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue. To extend stable base areas, employ the policy of advancing in waves; when pursued by a powerful enemy, employ the policy of circling around. Arouse the largest numbers of the masses in the shortest possible time and by the best possible methods. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Dogma is less useful than cow dung. One can make whatever one likes out of it … Miscellaneous
Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work. This should be done as quickly as possible. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Even if we achieve gigantic successes in our work, there is no reason whatsoever to feel conceited and arrogant. Modesty helps one to go forward, whereas conceit makes one lag behind. Liberals & Conservatives
Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. Power
Every revolutionary comrade should know that the national revolution requires a great change in the countryside. The Revolution of 1911 did not bring about this change, hence its failure. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Grasp Revolution Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Heads will fall, heads will be chopped off, of course. But just think how good communism is! The state won’t bother us anymore, you women will be free, marriage problems won’t plague you anymore. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If there is to be a revolution, there must be a revolutionary party. Political Parties & Machines
If you do not let others speak, then the day will surely come when you will be thrown out. Freedom & Liberty
In a county where power is in the hands of the local tyrants and evil gentry, the magistrate, whoever he may be, is almost invariably a corrupt official. In a county where the peasants have risen there is clean government, whoever the magistrate. Corruption
In difficult or critical times some comrades often have doubts about the survival of Red political power and become pessimistic. The reason is that they have not found the correct explanation for its emergence and survival. If only we realize that splits and wars will never cease within the White regime in China, we shall have no doubts about the emergence, survival and daily growth of Red political power. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In the next few months of this year, a broad democratic movement must be set going throughout the country, with the immediate objective of completely democratizing the national assembly and the constitution. The second matter concerns freedom of speech, assembly and association for the people. Without such freedom, it will be impossible to carry out the democratic reconstruction of the political system, mobilize the people for the war of resistance and victoriously defend the motherland and recover the lost territories … Democracies & Republics
In the Soviet Union those who once extolled Stalin to the skies have now in one sweep condemned him to purgatory … Stalin’s mistakes amounted to only 30 percent of the whole and his achievement to 70 percent. On balance he was a great Marxist. Miscellaneous
In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes or art that is detached from or independent of politics. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In transforming a 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. Development & Growth
Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it. Management & Managing Government
It is always those with little learning that overthrow those with much learning. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
It is fine that General MacArthur is arrogant and stubborn. An arrogant and stubborn enemy is easier to defeat. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Learn from the masses and then teach them. Leaders & Leadership
Let a hundred flowers blossom and let one hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Liberalism is extremely harmful in a revolutionary collective. It is a corrosive which eats away unity, undermines cohesion, causes apathy and creates dissension. It robs the revolutionary ranks of compact organization and strict discipline, prevents policies from being carried through and alienates the Party organizations from the masses which the Party leads. It is an extremely bad tendency. Liberals & Conservatives
Liberalism is: To indulge in personal attacks, pick quarrels, vent personal spite or seek revenge instead of entering into an argument and struggling against incorrect views for the sake of unity or progress or getting the work done properly Liberals & Conservatives
Liberalism is: To indulge in personal attacks, pick quarrels, vent personal spite or seek revenge instead of entering into an argument and struggling against incorrect views for the sake of unity or progress or getting the work done properly Liberals & Conservatives
Liberalism is: To let things drift if they do not affect one personally; to say as little as possible while knowing perfectly well what is wrong, to be worldly wise and play safe and seek only to avoid blame Liberals & Conservatives
Liberalism: To let things slide for the sake of peace and friendship when a person has clearly gone wrong, and refrain from principled argument because he is an old acquaintance, a fellow townsman, a schoolmate, a close friend, a loved one, an old colleague or old subordinate. Or to touch on the matter lightly instead of going into it thoroughly, so as to keep on good terms. The result is that both the organization and the individual are harmed. Liberals & Conservatives
Many things may become baggage, may become encumbrances if we cling to them blindly and uncritically Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Marxism comprises many principles, but in the final analysis they can all be brought back to a single sentence: it is right to rebel. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Natural science is one of man's weapons in his fight for freedom .... man must ... conquer and change nature and thus attain freedom from nature. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
One cannot advance without mistakes... It is necessary to make mistakes. The party cannot be educated without learning from mistakes. This has great significance. Management & Managing Government
Opinions should not be allowed to become conclusions Miscellaneous
Our enemies are all those in league with imperialism -- the warlords, the bureaucrats, the comprador class, the big landlord class and the reactionary section of the intelligentsia attached to them…. As for the vacillating middle bourgeoisie, their right-wing may become our enemy and their left-wing may become our friend -- but we must be constantly on our guard and not let them create confusion within our ranks. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. Political Parties & Machines
Ours is a people's democratic dictatorship, led by the working class and based on the worker-peasant alliance. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Passivity is fatal to us. Leaders & Leadership
People of the world, unite and defeat the U. S. aggressors and all their running dogs! People of the world, be courageous, dare to fight, defy difficulties and advance wave upon wave. Then the whole world will belong to the people. Monsters of all kinds shall be destroyed. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Poverty gives rise to the desire for change, the desire for action and the desire for revolution. Poverty
Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause; they are, as Lenin said, cogs and wheels in the whole revolutionary machine. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Revolution is not a dinner party, not an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be advanced softly, gradually, carefully, considerately, respectfully, politely, plainly and modestly. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the U. S. reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't. Of course, the atom bomb is a weapon of mass slaughter, but the outcome of a war is decided by the people, not by one or two new types of weapons. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
The enemy advances, we retreat. The enemy camps, we harass. Th enemy tires, we attack. The enemy retreats, we pursue. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The forces of rural democracy have risen to overthrow the forces of rural feudalism. The patriarchal-feudal class of local tyrants, evil gentry and lawless landlords has formed the basis of autocratic government for thousands of years and is the cornerstone of imperialism, warlordism and corrupt officialdom. To over-throw these feudal forces is the real objective of the national revolution. In a few months the peasants have accomplished what Dr. Sun Yat-sen wanted, but failed, to accomplish in the forty years he devoted to the national revolution. This is a marvelous feat never before achieved, not just in forty, but in thousands of years. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The government and the Party are always blaming the comrades doing local work but never themselves, always seeing their own achievements but never their own shortcomings, and always welcoming flattery but never criticism.... Political Parties & Machines
The Great Leap Forward Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The higher bodies must be familiar with the life of the masses and with the situation in the lower bodies so as to have an objective basis for correct guidance. Management & Managing Government
The Kuomintang is now pursuing a policy of blockhouse warfare, feverishly constructing their ‘tortoise-shells’ as though they were iron bastions. Comrades! Are they really iron bastions? Not in the least! Think of the palaces of the feudal emperors over thousands of years, were they not powerful with their walls and moats? Yet they crumbled one after another the moment the masses arose. The tsar of Russia was one of the world's most ferocious rulers, yet when the proletariat and the peasantry rose in revolution, was there anything left of him? No, nothing. His bastions of iron? They all crumbled. Comrades! What is a true bastion of iron? It is the masses, the millions upon millions of people who genuinely and sincerely support the revolution. That is the real iron bastion which no force can smash, no force whatsoever. The counter-revolution cannot smash us; on the contrary we shall smash it. Rallying millions upon millions of people round the revolutionary government and expanding our revolutionary war, we shall wipe out all counter-revolution and take over the whole of China. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The Laogai facilities are one of the violent component parts of the state machine. Laogai facilities of all levels are established as tools representing the interests of the proletariat and the people's masses and exercising dictatorship over a minority of hostile elements originating from exploiter classes. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The Long March is the first of its kind in the annals of history, that it is a manifesto, a propaganda force, a seeding-machine. Has history ever witnessed a long march such as ours? For twelve months we were under daily reconnaissance and bombing from the skies by scores of planes, while on land we were encircled and pursued, obstructed and intercepted by a huge force of several hundred thousand men, and we encountered untold difficulties and dangers on the way; yet by using our two legs we swept across a distance of more than twenty thousand li through the length and breadth of eleven provinces. Let us ask, has history ever known a long march to equal ours? No, never. The Long March is a manifesto. It has proclaimed to the world that the Red Army is an army of heroes, while the imperialists and their running dogs, Chiang Kai-shek and his like, are impotent. It has proclaimed their utter failure to encircle, pursue, obstruct and intercept us. The Long March is also a propaganda force. It has announced to some 200 million people in eleven provinces that the road of the Red Army is their only road to liberation. War & Peace
The main targets of attack by the peasants are the local tyrants, the evil gentry and the lawless landlords, but in passing they also hit out against patriarchal ideas and institutions, against the corrupt officials in the cities and against bad practices and customs in the rural areas. In force and momentum the attack is tempestuous; those who bow before it survive and those who resist perish. As a result, the privileges which the feudal landlords enjoyed for thousands of years are being shattered to pieces. Every bit of the dignity and prestige built up by the landlords is being swept into the dust. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The Party and the masses have to be placed on a war footing, criticizing the Nationalists by means of a machine gun Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The past is past. To see real heroes, look around you. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The people are not satisfied with life alone but demand literature and art as well. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. History
The people's army is not merely an organ for fighting; it is also an organ for the political advancement of the party Military & Veterans
The prospect of a nuclear war is not a bad thing because defeating capitalism would be worth losing up to two-thirds of the world’s population. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Capitalism
The Republicans in America are better for us. They are more consistent and predictable than the Democrats Liberals & Conservatives ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The revolutionary war is a war of the masses; it can be waged only by mobilizing the masses and relying on them. Revolution is the proper occupation of the masses. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system …. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, sooner or later revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Capitalism
There are comrades without elementary knowledge of politics, and this brings them to entertain absurd ideas, such as the idea that we live in a time where critical journalism remains a necessity. Media, Journalism & The Press
There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
There must not and cannot be any conflict, estrangement or misunderstanding between the Chinese people and America. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
To read too many books is harmful. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
War is the continuation of politics." In this sense war is politics and war itself is political action.... It can therefore be said that politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. War & Peace
We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do not want war; but war can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. War & Peace
We Communists are like seeds and the people are like the soil. Wherever we go, we must unite with the people, take root and blossom among them. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
we must not be bureaucratic in our methods of mobilizing the masses. Bureaucratic leadership cannot be tolerated in economic construction any more than in any other branch of our revolutionary work. The ugly evil of bureaucracy, which no comrade likes, must be thrown into the cesspit. Management & Managing Government
We shall support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We should rid our ranks of all impotent thinking. All views that overestimate the strength of the enemy and underestimate the strength of the people are wrong. Power
We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports. Negotiating & Negotiations
What should our policy be towards non-Marxist ideas? As far as unmistakable counter-revolutionaries and saboteurs of the socialist cause are concerned, the matter is easy: we simply deprive them of their freedom of speech. Freedom & Liberty
Wherever there is repression of the individual, wherever there are acts contrary to the nature of the individual, there can be no greater crime. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution. The basic reason why all previous revolutionary struggles in China achieved so little was their failure to unite with real friends in order to attack real enemies. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Without an army for the people, there is nothing for the people. Military & Veterans
Women hold up half the sky Equality & Equal Opportunity
A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years. History
Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole. Society ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.
I voted for you during your last election.
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.
In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.
In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements. Time
In waking a tiger, use a long stick.
Learn from the masses, and then teach them.
Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend. Nature
Let a hundred flowers bloom.
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.
Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.
People like me sound like a lot of big cannons.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. Power
Political work is the life-blood of all economic work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.
The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the United States reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.
The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it. Leaders & Leadership ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship. Friendship
The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.
There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. War & Peace
We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.
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.
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts. War & Peace