51 Mao Zedong Quotes:


1. “Deaths have benefits. They can fertilise the ground.” — MAO ZEDONG


2. “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


3. “In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.” — MAO ZEDONG


4. “Politics is war without blood, while war is politics with blood.” — MAO ZEDONG


5. “Whoever has an army has power, and war decides everything.” — MAO ZEDONG


6. “When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.” — MAO ZEDONG

7. “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


8. “New things have to experience difficulties and setbacks as they grow.” — MAO ZEDONG



9. “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


10. “Apart from their other characteristics, the outstanding thing about China’s 600 million people is that they are “poor and blank”. This may seem a bad thing, but in reality it is a good thing. Poverty gives rise to the desire for changes the desire for action and the desire for revolution. On a blank sheet of paper free from any mark, the freshest and most beautiful characters can be written; the freshest and most beautiful pictures can be painted.” — MAO ZEDONG


11. “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


12. “Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.” — MAO ZEDONG


13. “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


14. “Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.” — MAO ZEDONG


15. “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


16. “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 ZEDONG


17. “The theory of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin is universally applicable. We should regard it not as a dogma, but as a guide to action. Studying it is not merely a matter of learning terms and phrases but of learning Marxism-Leninism as the science of revolution. It is not just a matter of understanding the general laws derived by Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin from their extensive study of real life and revolutionary experience, but of studying their standpoint and method in examining and solving problems.” — MAO ZEDONG


18. “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” — MAO ZEDONG


19. “Don’t give a child a fish but show him how to fish.” — MAO ZEDONG


20. “Don’t wait until problems pile up and cause a lot of trouble before trying to solve them. Leaders must march ahead the movement, not lag behind it.” — MAO ZEDONG


21. “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


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22. “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


23. “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


24. “Be resolute, fear no sacrifice, and surmount every difficulty to win victory.” — MAO ZEDONG



25. “We should go to the masses and learn from them, synthesize their experience into better, articulated principles and methods, then do propaganda among the masses, and call upon them to put these principles and methods into practice so as to solve their problems and help them achieve liberation and happiness.” — MAO ZEDONG


26. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” — MAO ZEDONG


27. “Look at World War II, at Hitler’s cruelty. The more cruelty, the more enthusiasm for revolution.” — MAO ZEDONG


28. “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


29. “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


30. “In waking a tiger, use a long stick.” — MAO ZEDONG


31. “At certain times in the revolutionary struggle, the difficulties outweigh the favourable conditions and so constitute the principal aspect of the contradiction and the favourable conditions constitute the secondary aspect. But through their efforts the revolutionaries can overcome the difficulties step by step and open up a favourable new situation, thus a difficult situation yields place to a favourable one.” — MAO ZEDONG


32. “Communism has nothing to do with love. Communism is an excellent hammer which we use to destroy our enemy.” — MAO ZEDONG


33. “The wealth of society is created by the workers, peasants and working intellectuals. If they take their destiny into their own hands, follow a Marxist-Leninist line and take an active attitude in solving problems instead of evading them, there will be no difficulty in the world which they cannot overcome.” — MAO ZEDONG


34. “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


35. “Civilize the mind but make savage the body.” — MAO ZEDONG


36. “The only way to settle questions of an ideological nature or controversial issues among the people is by the democratic method, the method of discussion, of criticism, of persuasion and education, and not by the method of coercion or repression.” — MAO ZEDONG


37. “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.” — MAO ZEDONG


38. “Historical experience is written in iron and blood.” — MAO ZEDONG



39. “Those experienced in work must take up the study of theory and must read seriously; only then will they be able to systematize and synthesize their experience and raise it to the level of theory, only then will they not mistake their partial experience for universal truth and not commit empiricist errors.” — MAO ZEDONG


40. “Women hold up half the sky.” — MAO ZEDONG


41. “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


42. “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.” — MAO ZEDONG


43. “Complacency is the enemy of study.” — MAO ZEDONG


44. “At no time and in no circumstances should a Communist place his personal interests first; he should subordinate them to the interests of the nation and of the masses. Hence, selfishness, slacking, corruption, seeking the limelight, and so on, are most contemptible, while selflessness, working with all one’s energy, whole-hearted devotion to public duty, and quiet hard work will command respect.” — MAO ZEDONG


45. “An army of the people is invincible!” — MAO ZEDONG


46. “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


47. “It will take a long period to decide the issue in the ideological struggle between socialism and capitalism in our country. The reason is that the influence of the bourgeoisie and of the intellectuals who come from the old society will remain in our country for a long time to come, and so will their class ideology. If this is not sufficiently understood, or is not understood at all, the gravest mistakes will be made and the necessity of waging the struggle in the ideological field will be ignored.” — MAO ZEDONG


48. “The revolutionary war is a war of the masses; only mobilizing the masses and relying on them can wage it.” — MAO ZEDONG


49. “Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.” — MAO ZEDONG


50. “Firstly, do not fear hardship, and secondly, do not fear death.” — MAO ZEDONG


51. “The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.” — MAO ZEDONG


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