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Mao zedong quotes and Powerful Quotes from Mao Tse Tung



This is what people in China think about Mao Zedong’s thought today: a book. Some times, the Mao zedong quotes is given as a gift, like when public funds are involved, or when personal events happen, like congratulating newlyweds, and so on. People in mainland China were more likely to see a picture of a book than they were of the Chairman himself.

People who made posters and pictures for the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) propaganda had a copy of the book in their hands in almost every one of them. A citation is needed. After the Cultural Revolution came to an end in 1976 and Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1978, the book lost a lot of value. People thought that praising Mao’s quotes was left deviationism and a cult of personality.

  1. “Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.” – Mao Zedong
  2. “Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.” – Mao Zedong
  3. “Women hold up half the sky.” – Mao Zedong
  4. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Zedong
  5. “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
  6. “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.” – Mao Zedong
  7. “To read too many books is harmful.” – Mao Zedong
  8. “In waking a tiger, use a long stick.” – Mao Zedong
  9. “The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.” – Mao Zedong
  10. “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.” – Mao Zedong
  11. “Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.” – Mao Zedong
  12. “Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.” – Mao Zedong
  13. “Learn from the masses, and then teach them.” – Mao Zedong
  14. “I voted for you during your last election.” – Mao Zedong
  15. “We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.” – Mao Zedong
  16. “In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.” – Mao Zedong
  17. “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
  18. “Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.” – Mao Zedong
  19. “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.” – Mao Zedong
  20. “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
  21. “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.” – Mao Zedong
  22. “Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.” – Mao Zedong
  23. “Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work.” – Mao Zedong
  24. “Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.” – Mao Zedong
  25. “Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.” – Mao Zedong
  26. “Let a hundred flowers bloom.” – Mao Zedong
  27. “I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.” – Mao Zedong
  28. “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.” – Mao Zedong
  29. “Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.” – Mao Zedong
  30. “An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.” – Mao Zedong
  31. “The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.” – Mao Zedong
  32. “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.” – Mao Zedong
  33. “Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.” – Mao Zedong
  34. “There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.” – Mao Zedong
  35. “All reactionaries are paper tigers.” – Mao Zedong
  36. “Political work is the life-blood of all economic work.” – Mao Zedong
  37. “In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.” – Mao Zedong
  38. “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.” – Mao Zedong
  39. “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
  40. “People like me sound like a lot of big cannons.” – Mao Zedong
  41. “Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.” ― mao tse-tung
  42. “An army of the people is invincible!”― Mao Zedong
  43. “Political power grows out of the barrel of the gun…” ― Mao Tse-tung
  44. “Dont give a child a fish but show him how to fish”― Mao Tse Tung
  45. “Firstly, do not fear hardship, and secondly, do not fear death.” ― Mao Zedong
  46. “It’s always darkest before it becomes totally black.”― Mao Zedong
  47. “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
  48. “When you point a finger at the moon to indicate the moon, instead of looking at the moon,the stupid ones look at your finger.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  49. “History is a symptom of our disease” ― Mao Tse-tung
  50. “In waking a tiger, use a long stick.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  51. “You can’t be a revolutionary if you don’t eat chilies.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  52. “To rebel is justified” ― Mao Tse-tung
  53. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  54. “The Communist party must control the guns.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  55. “Everything under heaven is in utter choas; the situation is excellent.” ― mao tse-tung
  56. “Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  57. “I am a lone monk walking the world with a leaky umbrella.” ― mao tse-tung
  58. “Make criticism in good time; don’t get into the habit of criticizing only after the event.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  59. “Historical experience is written in iron and blood.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  60. “An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.” ― Mao Zedong
  61. “Communists must be ready at all times to stand up for the truth, because truth is in the interests of the people; Communists must be ready at all times to correct their mistakes, because mistakes are against the interests of the people.”  ― Mao Zedong
  62. “Learn from the masses, and then teach them.” ― Mao Zedong
  63. “We can learn what we did not know. We are not only good at destroying the Old World, we are also good at building the new.” ― Mao Zedong
  64. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  65. “I voted for you during your last election.” ― Mao Zedong
  66. “No political party can possibly lead a great revolutionary movement to victory unless it possesses revolutionary theory and knowledge of history and has a profound grasp of the practical movement.” ― Mao Zedong
  67. “All the rest of the world uses the word electricity. They’ve borrowed the word from English. But we Chinese have our own word for it!”   ― Mao Zedong
  68. “In a suitable temperature, an egg becomes a chicken, and there are no chickens born of stones.” ― Mao Zedong
  69. “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.”  ― Mao Zedong
  70. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  71. “Our attitude towards ourselves should be ‘to be satiable in learning’ and towards others ‘to be tireless in teaching.” ― Mao Zedong
  72. “Civilize the mind but make savage the body.”  ― Mao Zedong
  73. “Communists should be the most farsighted, the most self-sacrificing, the most resolute, and the least prejudiced in sizing up situations, and should rely on the majority of the masses and win their support.” ― Mao Zedong
  74. “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.”  ― Mao Zedong
  75. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  76. “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
  77. “Complacency is the enemy of study.” ― Mao Zedong
  78. “In literary and art criticism there are two criteria, the political and the artistic.” ― Mao Zedong
  79. “On all basic points our policies have proved correct from the very beginning.” ― Mao Zedong
  80. “We shall support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support.” ― Mao Zedong
  81. “Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.” ― Mao Zedong
  82. “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
  83. “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
  84. “Communists should set an example in being practical as well as far-sighted. For only by being practical can they fulfill the appointed tasks, and only far-sightedness can prevent them from losing their bearings in the march forward.” ― Mao Zedong
  85. “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
  86. “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
  87. “People who try to commit suicide — don’t attempt to save them!… China is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people.” ― Mao Zedong
  88. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  89. “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
  90. “Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.” ― Mao Zedong
  91. “If one must fight one should confine oneself to conventional weapons.” ― Mao Zedong
  92. “The revolutionary war is a war of the masses; it can be waged only by mobilizing the masses and relying on them.” ― Mao Zedong
  93. “Take the ideas of the masses and concentrate them, then go to the masses, persevere in the ideas and carry them through … such is the basic method of leadership.” ― Mao Zedong
  94. “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
  95. “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
  96. “Without an army for the people, there is nothing for the people.”  ― Mao Zedong
  97. “Marxism comprises many principles, but in the final analysis they can all be brought back to a single sentence: it is right to rebel.” ― Mao Zedong
  98. “We are advocates of the abolition of war, we do not want war; but war can only be abolished through war.” ― Mao Zedong
  99. “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
  100. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  101. “The membership of our party is necessarily a small portion of the Chinese people. Only if that small portion reflects the opinions of the majority of the people’s, and only if it works for their interests can the relationship between the people and the party be healthy.” ― Mao Zedong
  102. “You young people, full of vigor and vitality, are in the bloom of life, like the sun at eight or nine in the morning. Our hope is placed on you.” ― Mao Zedong
  103. “To link oneself with the masses, one must act in accordance with the needs and wishes of the masses.” ― Mao Zedong
  104. “Communists must listen attentively to the views of people outside the Party and let them have their say. If what they say is right, we ought to welcome it, and we should learn from their strong points; if it is wrong, we should let them finish what they are saying and then patiently explain things to them.” ― Mao Zedong
  105. “The world is progressing, the future is bright and no one can change this general trend of history. We should carry on constant propaganda among the people on the facts of world progress and the bright future ahead so that they will build their confidence in victory.” ― Mao Zedong
  106. “The masses in any given place are generally composed of three parts, the relatively active, the intermediate and the relatively backward. The leaders must therefore be skilled in uniting the small number of active elements around the leadership and must rely on them to raise the level of the intermediate elements and to win over the backward elements.” ― Mao Zedong
  107. “Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul.” ― Mao Zedong
  108. “Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.” ― Mao Zedong
  109. “Just because we have won victory, we must never relax our vigilance against the frenzied plots for revenge by the imperialists and their running dogs.” ― Mao Zedong
  110. “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.” ― Mao Zedong
  111. “Men and women must receive equal pay for equal work in production.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  112. “Evil does not exist in guerrilla warfare but only in the unorganized and undisciplined activities that are anarchism.” ― Mao Zedong
  113. “The mountain goddess if she is still there  Will marvel at a world so changed.” ― Mao Zedong
  114. “This army is powerful because all its members have a conscious discipline; they have come together and they fight not for the private interests of a few individuals or a narrow clique, but for the interests of the broad masses and of the whole nation. The sole purpose of this army is to stand firmly with the Chinese people and to serve them whole-heartedly.” ― Mao Zedong
  115. “Concentrate a big force to strike at a small section of the enemy force” remains a principle of field operations in guerrilla warfare.” ― Mao Zedong
  116. “The chief enemies in China’s revolutionary war are imperialism and the feudal forces.” ― Mao Zedong
  117. “Breaking up the whole into parts”,” ― Mao Tse-tung 
  118. “War, this monster of mutual slaughter among men, will be finally eliminated by the progress of human society, and in the not too distant future too.” ― Mao Tse-tung 
  119. “Marxism consists of thousands of truths, but they all boil down to one sentence: It is right to rebel.” ― Mao Zedong
  120. “Keep the enemy in the dark about where and when our forces will attack.” ― Mao Zedong
  121. “Hence, as long as China is divided among the imperialist powers, the various cliques of warlords cannot under any circumstances come to terms, and whatever compromises they may reach will only be temporary.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  122. “But the basic principle of guerrilla warfare must be the offensive, and guerrilla warfare is more offensive in its character than regular warfare.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  123. “Finally defeat Japanese imperialism only through the cumulative effect of many offensive campaigns and battles in both regular and guerrilla warfare,” ― Mao Tse-tung
  124. “A people’s insurrection and a people’s revolution are not only natural but inevitable.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  125. “Or does not study how to run meetings successfully.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  126. “All are past and gone! For truly great men, look to this age alone.” ― Mao Zedong
  127. “The defeats which many small Red areas have suffered have been due either to the absence of the requisite objective conditions or to subjective mistakes in tactics.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  128. “What is common to both, however, is the accumulation of many minor victories to make a major victory.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  129. “There are two principles here: one is the actual needs of the masses rather than what we fancy they need, and the other is the wishes of the masses, who must make up their own minds instead of our making up their minds for them.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  130. “A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  131. “Unquestionably, victory or defeat in war is determined mainly by the military, political, economic and natural conditions on both sides. But not by these alone. It is also determined by each side’s subjective ability in directing the war.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  132. “It is mainly because of the unorganized state of the Chinese masses that Japan dares to bully us.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  133. “The whole world is very bright. The darker the clouds, the greater the light.” ― Mao Zedong
  134. “The army must become one with the people so that they see it as their own army. Such an army will be invinsible..” ― Mao Zedong
  135. “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.”― Mao Zedong
  136. “The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  137. “Combat anime.” ― Mao Zedong
  138. “The imperialist prophets are pinning their hopes of “peaceful evolution” on the third or fourth generation of the Chinese Party.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  139. “If we have shortcomings, we are not afraid to have them pointed out and criticized, because we serve the people. Anyone, no matter who, may point out our shortcomings. If he is right, we will correct them. If what he proposes will benefit the people, we will act upon it.” ― Mao Tse-tung
  140. “Only a blockhead cudgels his brains on his own, or together with a group, to “find a solution” or “evolve an idea” without making any investigation.”  ― Mao Tse-tung
  141. “You can put anything in here!” ― Mao Zedong
  142. “All important problems (of course, not the unimportant, trivial problems, or problems whose solutions have already been decided after discussion at meetings and need only be carried out) must be submitted to the committee for discussion,” ― Mao Tse-tung
  143. “When we say “imperialism is ferocious”, we mean that its nature will never change, that the imperialists will never lay down their butcher knives, that they will never become Buddhas, till their doom.” ― Mao Zedong
  144. “Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? No. Are they innate in the mind? 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.” ― Mao Zedong
  145. “We should support whatever the enemy opposes whatever the enemy supports.”― Mao Zedong
  146. “The weeds of socialism are better than crops of captilism.” ― Mao Zedong
  147. “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ― Mao Zedong
  148. “When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.”― Mao Zedong
  149. “Many who have read Marxist books have become renegades from the revolution, whereas illiterate workers often grasp Marxism very well.”― Mao Zedong
  150. “Power comes from the muzzle of a gun, those that have the guns have the power, those that have the power dictate what type of government their shall be.”― Mao Zedong
  151. “In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.”― Mao Zedong
  152. “People of the world, unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs!”― Mao Zedong

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The Early Years

During the 20th century, Mao Zedong was both a product and a part of the revolution that took place in China. He was born in 1893 and died in 1976. He was born on December 26, 1893, in Shaoshan, a small village in the province of Hunan in China, and he lived there all his life. Even though he called his father a “rich peasant,” the family had to work hard to make money. Mao was always a big fan of reading.

He was a big fan of popular historical novels about rebellions and unconventional military heroes. Then, when he was 13, his father told him to leave school and go back to work on the farm. He had been going to school for five years in the local primary school. On his own, Mao kept learning. At 16, he left home to finish elementary school in Changsha, which is a city in China.

Career of Mao Zedong

When Mao was in the army, his time there was short and boring. At the First Hunan Normal School from 1913 to 1918, he was there. His stories show that he took himself and his beliefs seriously. In 1918, Mao graduated from Normal School and went to Beijing, where he lived. There, he became a part of the May Fourth Movement’s intellectual and political work.

At the Beijing University Library in 1931, he was given an unpaid job. He met Dean Chen Duxiu and Librarian Li Dazhao, two people who later helped found the Communist Party in China. Mao became a big part of the United Front. This is how it worked: The head of the KMT (Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party) Peasant Movement Training Institute was a big deal for him later on in his life. His work at the Institute, which taught peasant leaders about ideology and how to run their groups, opened his eyes to the revolutionary power of the Chinese peasantry.

Personal Life To Understand Mao Zedong Quotes

Yang Kaihui (Yang K’ai-hui) is the daughter of one of Mao’s teachers at Beijing University. In 1921, Mao married Yang Kaihui. In 1930, the Kuomintang killed her. He Zizhen was just 18 years old when Mao began living with her in 1928. (Ho Tsu-chen). After nine years, they had five children. In 1937, he broke up with He and married Jiang Qing (Chiang Ch’ing), who is now his wife.

Nineteen twenty-seven was a very important year for everyone who was part of the Chinese Revolution. After the April coup in Shanghai, Mao and his Communist allies tried to start uprisings in southern China that didn’t work, but they did. When he was young, he thought that the Soviets were being dishonest. He also thought that Chiang Kaishek and the Nationalists were bad, and that he was looking for new ways to start a mass-based revolution.

Leader of the Chinese Revolution

Mao Zedong was one of the most important people in the twentieth century. In the late 1920s, he was a founding member of the Communist Party (CCP). He played a big role in the formation of the Red Army and the development of a safe base area in Jiangxi province in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The years after the Long March, he strengthened his control over the Party. He was in charge of the overall strategy during the Sino-Japanese War and the civil war.

In 1945, he became the Party Chairman for the first time. He relied on the peasants, which was a big change from what the Soviets usually did, and used guerrilla warfare in the revolution to help the Communists win in China. His leadership, especially the Cultural Revolution initiative, has been the subject of a lot of debate. Party leaders approved a resolution in June 1981 that said Mao’s rule after 1958 was bad, but that he was still a great leader and thinker of the Chinese Communist revolution.

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