MAO ZEDONG QUOTES

Chinese Communist Party leader (1893-1976)

Mao Zedong quote

All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.

MAO ZEDONG, Problems of War and Strategy

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We communists are like seeds and the people are the soil. Wherever we go, we must unite with the people, take root and blossom among them.

MAO ZEDONG, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong

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Maybe you're afraid of sinking. Don't think about it. If you don't think about it, you won't sink. If you do, you will.

MAO ZEDONG, attributed, The Time 100, Apr. 13, 1998

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It is quite possible that China may reach the stages of socialism and communism considerably later than your countries in the West which are so much more highly developed economically.

MAO ZEDONG, interview with journalist Gunther Stein, 1944

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

MAO ZEDONG, "On Coalition Government", Apr. 24, 1945

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Complacency is the enemy of study.

MAO ZEDONG, Selected Works

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

MAO ZEDONG, "Problems of War and Strategy", Nov. 6, 1938

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The young people are the most active and vital force in society. They are the most eager to learn and the least conservative in their thinking. This is especially so in the era of socialism.

MAO ZEDONG, introductory note, "A Youth Shock Brigade of the No. 9 Agricultural Producers' Co-operative in Hsinping Township, Chungshan County", The Socialist Upsurge in China's Countryside

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First, it should be pointed out that the danger of ultrademocracy lies in the fact that it damages or even completely wrecks the Party organization and weakens or even completely undermines the Party's fighting capacity, rendering the Party incapable of fulfilling its fighting tasks and thereby causing the defeat of the revolution. Next, it should be pointed out that the source of ultra-democracy consists in the petty bourgeoisie's individualistic aversion to discipline. When this characteristic is brought into the Party, it develops into ultra-democratic ideas politically and organizationally. These ideas are utterly incompatible with the fighting tasks of the proletariat.

MAO ZEDONG, "On Correcting Mistaken Ideas in the Party", Dec. 1929

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

MAO ZEDONG, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong

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

MAO ZEDONG, Mao's Selected Works

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Our country and all the other socialist countries want peace; so do the peoples of all the countries of the world. The only ones who crave war and do not want peace are certain monopoly capitalist groups in a handful of imperialist countries that depend on aggression for their profits.

MAO ZEDONG, "Opening Address at the Eighth National Congress of the Communist Party of China", Sep. 15, 1956

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We must help all our young people to understand that ours is still a very poor country, that we cannot change this situation radically in a short time, and that only through the united efforts of our younger generation and all our people, working with their own hands, can China be made strong and prosperous within a period of several decades. The establishment of our socialist system has opened the road leading to the ideal society of the future, but to translate this ideal into reality needs hard work.

MAO ZEDONG, On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People, Feb. 27, 1957

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War can only be abolished through war ... in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.

MAO ZEDONG, "Problems of War and Strategy"

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On all basic points our policies have proved correct from the very beginning.

MAO ZEDONG, interview with journalist Gunther Stein, 1944

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We shall support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support.

MAO ZEDONG, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong

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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. We Communists oppose all unjust wars that impede progress, but we do not oppose progressive, just wars. Not only do we Communists not oppose just wars; we actively participate in them.

MAO ZEDONG, "On Protracted War", May 1938

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We are firmly convinced that private capital, Chinese as well as foreign, must be given liberal opportunities for broad development in postwar China; for China needs industrial growth.

MAO ZEDONG, interview with journalist Gunther Stein, 1944

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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.

MAO ZEDONG, "On Coalition Government", Apr. 24, 1945

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War is the highest form of struggle for resolving contradictions, when they have developed to a certain stage, between classes, nations, states, or political groups, and it has existed ever since the emergence of private property and of classes.

MAO ZEDONG, "Problems of Strategy in China's Revolutionary War", Dec. 1936

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