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Take the ideas of the masses and concentrate them, then go to the masses, persevere in the ideas and carry them through, so as to form correct ideas of leadership-such is the basic method of leadership. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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What is basic guerilla strategy? Guerilla strategy must be based primarily on alertness, mobility, and attack. It must be adjusted to the enemy situation, the terrain, the existing lines of communication, the relative strengths, the weather, and the situation of the people. -- Mao Zedong
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The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship. -- Mao Zedong
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Women hold up half the sky. -- Mao Zedong
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Our stand is that of the proletariat and of the masses. For members of the Communist Party, this means keeping to the stand of the Party, keeping to Party spirit and Party policy. -- Mao Zedong
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As for people who are politically backward, Communists should not slight or despise them, but should befriend them, unite with them, convince them and encourage them to go forward. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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We must thoroughly clear away all ideas among our cadres of winning easy victories through good luck, without hard and bitter struggle, without sweat and blood. -- Mao Zedong
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Don't wait untill 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
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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
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An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy. -- Mao Zedong
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Many who have read Marxist books have become renegades from the revolution, whereas illiterate workers often grasp Marxism very well. -- Mao Zedong
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So long as a person who has made mistakes ... honestly and sincerely wishes to be cured and to mend his ways, we should welcome him and cure his sickness so that he can become a good comrade. We can never succeed if we just let ourselves go and lash at him. -- Mao Zedong
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People say that poverty is bad, but in fact poverty is good. The poorer people are, the more revolutionary they are. It is dreadful to imagine a time when everyone will be rich ... From a surplus of calories people will have two heads and four legs. -- Mao Zedong
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The people are like water and the army is like fish. -- Mao Zedong
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The Red Army is like a furnace in which all captured soldiers are melted down and transformed the moment they come over. -- Mao Zedong
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Revolutionary war is an antitoxin which not only eliminates the enemy's poison but also purges us of our own filth. -- Mao Zedong
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Where do correct ideas come from? Do they drop from the skies? 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
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Revolutions and revolutionary wars are inevitable in class society, and without them it is impossible to accomplish any leap in social development and to overthrow the reactionary ruling classes and therefore impossible for the people to win political power. -- Mao Zedong
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Morality begins at the point of a gun. -- Mao Zedong
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Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly. -- Mao Zedong
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There is a serious tendency towards capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. This tendency will become rampant if we in the slightest way neglect political work among the peasants during the co-operative movement and for a very long period after. -- Mao Zedong
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It is a very good thing, and a significant one too, to exterminate the bourgeoisie and capitalism in China. -- Mao Zedong
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The government burns down whole cities while the people are forbidden to light lamps. -- Mao Zedong
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Without a People's army, the people have nothing. -- Mao Zedong
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We must learn to do economic work from all who know how, no matter who they are. We must esteem them as teachers, learning from them respectfully and conscientiously. We must not pretend to know when we do not know. -- Mao Zedong
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Evil does not exist in guerrilla warfare but only in the unorganized and undisciplined activities that are anarchism, -- Mao Zedong
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But the basic principle of guerrilla warfare must be the offensive, and guerrilla warfare is more offensive in its character than regular warfare. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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finally defeat Japanese imperialism only through the cumulative effect of many offensive campaigns and battles in both regular and guerrilla warfare, -- Mao Zedong
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It was the Russians that introduced the Chinese to Marxism. Before the October Revolution, the Chinese were not only ignorant of Lenin and Stalin but did not even know of Marx or Engels. The salvos of the October Revolution awoke us to Marxism-Leninism. -- Mao Zedong
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The enemy will not perish of himself. Neither will the Chinese reactionaries nor the aggressive forces of U.S. imperialism in China step down from the stage of history of their own accord. -- Mao Zedong
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are for peace. But so long as U.S. imperialism refuses to give up its arrogant and unreasonable demands and its scheme to extend aggression, the only course for the Chinese people is to remain determined to go on fighting side by side with the Korean people. Not -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Conditions are changing all the time, and to adapt one's thinking to the new conditions, one must study. Even those who have a better grasp of Marxism and are comparatively firm in their proletarian stand have to go on studying, have to absorb what is new and study new problems. -- Mao Zedong
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Once all struggles are grasped, miracles are possible. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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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
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Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Let one thousand flowers bloom. -- Mao Zedong
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We stand for self-reliance. We hope for foreign aid but cannot be dependent on it; we depend on our own efforts, on the creative power of the whole army and the entire people. -- Mao Zedong
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The question is not whether or not there should be a cult of the individual, but rather whether or not the individual concerned represents the truth, if he does then he should be worshiped. -- Mao Zedong
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Look at World War II, at Hitler's cruelty. The more cruelty, the more enthusiasm for revolution. -- Mao Zedong
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In times of difficulty we must not lose sight of our achievements, must see the bright future and must pluck up our courage. -- Mao Zedong
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The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea. -- Mao Zedong
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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. -- Mao Zedong
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In literary and art criticism there are two criteria, the political and the artistic. -- Mao Zedong
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Reactionaries must be deprived of the right to voice their opinions; only the people have that right. -- Mao Zedong
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There is great disorder in the heavens, and the situation is excellent. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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I am hated by many, especially comrade Pang Dehuai, his hatred is so intense that he wished me dead. My policy with Pang Dehuai is such: You don't touch me, I don't touch you; You touch me,
I touch you. Even though we were once like brothers, it doesn't change a thing. -- Mao Zedong
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On all basic points our policies have proved correct from the very beginning. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Our attitude towards ourselves should be 'to be satiable in learning' and towards others 'to be tireless in teaching. -- Mao Zedong
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At the beginning of anything out of the ordinary, the mass of the people always dislike it. -- Mao Zedong
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Every Communist working in the mass movements should be a friend of the masses and not a boss over them, an indefatigable teacher and not a bureaucratic politician. -- Mao Zedong
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Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed. -- 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
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The attitude of Communists towards any person who has made mistakes in his work should be one of persuasion in order to help him change and start afresh and not one of exclusion, unless he is incorrigible. -- Mao Zedong
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Ninghua, Chingliu, Kueihua--
What narrow paths, deep woods and slippery moss!
Whither are we bound today?
Straight to the foot of Wuyi Mountain.
To the mountain, the foot of the mountain,
Red flags stream in the wind in a blaze of glory -- Mao Zedong
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In transforming 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. -- Mao Zedong
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The exemplary vanguard role of the Communists is of vital importance. Communists in the Eighth Route and New Fourth Armies should set an example in fighting bravely, carrying out orders, observing discipline, doing political work and fostering internal unity and solidarity. -- Mao Zedong
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(1) a sound mass base, (2) a sound Party organization, (3) a fairly strong Red Army, (4) terrain favourable to military operations, and (5) economic resources sufficient for sustenance. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Be resolute, fear no sacrifice, and surmount every difficulty to win victory. -- Mao Zedong
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Dogma is less useful than cow dung. One can make whatever one likes out of it, even revisionism ... -- Mao Zedong
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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
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The Chinese people have stood up. -- Mao Zedong
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The most important thing is to be strong. With strength, one can conquer others, and to conquer others gives one virtue. -- Mao Zedong
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What is common to both, however, is the accumulation of many minor victories to make a major victory. -- Mao Zedong
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A strategic plan based on the over-all situation of both belligerents is ... more stable, but it too is applicable only in a given strategic stage and has to be changed when the war moves towards a new stage ... [Conversely, tactical plans may] ... have to be changed several times a day. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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There is turmoil under the heavens. The prospects are excellent. -- Mao Zedong
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We are indebted to Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin for giving us a weapon. The weapon is not a machine-gun, but Marxism-Leninism. -- Mao Zedong
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You can't solve a problem? Well, get down and investigate the present facts and [the problem's] past history! When you have investigated the problem thoroughly, you will know how to solve it. -- Mao Zedong
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If we have a correct theory but merely prate about it, pigeonhole it and do not put it into practice, then that theory, however good, is of no significance. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Therefore, before any action is taken, we must explain the policy, which we have formulated in the light of the given circumstances, to Party members and to the masses. Otherwise, Party members and the masses will depart from the guidance of our policy, act blindly and carry out a wrong policy. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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In addition to the leadership of the Party, a decisive factor is our population of 600 million. More people mean a greater ferment of ideas, more enthusiasm and more energy. Never before have the masses of the people been so inspired, so militant and so daring as at present. -- Mao Zedong
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In a suitable temperature, an egg becomes a chicken, and there are no chickens born of stones. -- Mao Zedong
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Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul ... -- 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. -- Mao Zedong
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All counter-revolutionary wars are unjust, all revolutionary wars are just. -- Mao Zedong
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A man's head is not like a scallion, which will grow again if you cut it off; if you cut it off wrongly, then even if you want to correct your error, there is no way of doing it. -- Mao Zedong
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Communists should set an example in being practical as well as far-sighted. For only by being practical can they fulfil the appointed tasks, and only far-sightedness can prevent them from losing their bearings in the march forward. -- Mao Zedong
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Keep the enemy in the dark about where and when our forces will attack. -- Mao Zedong
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There may be thousands of principles of Marxism, but in the final analysis they can be summed up in one sentence: Rebellion is justified. -- Mao Zedong
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A potential revolutionary situation exists in any country where the government consistently fails in its obligation to ensure at least a minimally decent standard of life for the great majority of its citizens. -- Mao Zedong
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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. Whoever relaxes vigilance will disarm himself politically and land himself in a passive position. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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The officers do not beat the men; the officers and men receive equal treatment. Soldiers are free to hold meetings and speak out. Trivial formalities have been done away with and the accounts are open for all to inspect. -- Mao Zedong
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New things always have to experience difficulties and setbacks as they grow. It is sheer fantasy to imagine that the cause of socialism is all plain sailing and easy success, without difficulties and setbacks or the exertion of tremendous efforts. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Napoleon was the best method. Dissolved all representative institutions and it decided who should rule the state with him. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Let the ancient serve the present, let the foreign serve the national; by developing that which has been accomplished one creates something that is new. -- Mao Zedong
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Imperialism is a paper tiger. -- Mao Zedong
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A Communist must never be opinionated or domineering, thinking that he is good in everything while others are good in nothing; he must never shut himself up in his little room, or brag and boast and lord it over others. -- Mao Zedong
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Don't make a fuss about a world war. At most, people die ... Half the population wiped out - this happened quite a few times in Chinese history ... It's best if half the population is left, next best one-third ... -- Mao Zedong
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Not just in China, but everywhere in the world without exception, one either leans to the side of imperialism or the side of socialism. Neutrality is mere camouflage; a third road does not exist. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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The main form of struggle is war; the main form of organization is the army ... Without armed struggle there would be no place for the proletariat, there will be no place for the people, there will be no place for the Communist Party, and there will be no victory in revolution. -- Mao Zedong
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There should be celebration rallies when people die ... We believe in dialectics, and so we can't not be in favor of death. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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I voted for you during your last election. -- Mao Zedong
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Even though I believe we should promote Chinese medicine, I personally do not believe in it. I don't take Chinese medicine ... -- Mao Zedong
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People of the world, unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs! -- Mao Zedong
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The revolutionary war is a war of the masses; it can be waged only by mobilizing the masses and relying on them. -- Mao Zedong
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If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. -- Mao Zedong
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We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports -- Mao Zedong
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Knowledge is a matter of science and no dishonesty or conceit whatsoever is permissible. What is required is definitely the reverse - honesty and modesty. -- Mao Zedong
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That has less significance than a dog's fart. -- Mao Zedong
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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 Zedong
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As for the imperialist countries, we should unite with their peoples and strive to coexist peacefully with those countries, do business with them and prevent any possible war, but under no circumstances should we harbour any unrealistic notions about them. -- Mao Zedong
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Stalin made mistakes. He made mistakes towards us, for example, in 1927. He made mistakes towards the Yugoslavs too. One cannot advance without mistakes ... It is necessary to make mistakes.
The party cannot be educated without learning from mistakes. This has great significance. -- Mao Zedong
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Learn to swim. It is a sport all the peasants can play. -- Mao Zedong
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In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements. -- Mao Zedong
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The seizure of power by armed force, the settlement of the issue by war, is the central task and the highest form of revolution. This Marxist-Leninist principle of revolution holds well universally, for China and for all other countries. -- Mao Zedong
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Communists must always go into the why's and wherefore's of anything, use their own heads and carefully think over whether or not it corresponds to reality and is really well founded; on no account should they follow blindly and encourage slavishness. -- Mao Zedong
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To link oneself with the masses, one must act in accordance with the needs and wishes of the masses. -- Mao Zedong
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In the struggle to defend the legacy of Leninism ... [Stalin] proved himself to be an outstanding Marxist-Leninist fighter ... Stalin's works should, as before, be seriously studied ... [to] see what is correct and what is not. -- Mao Zedong
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An army of the people is invincible! -- Mao Zedong
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Complacency is the enemy of study. We cannot really learn anything until we rid ourselves of complacency. -- Mao Zedong
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The socialist system will eventually replace the capitalist system; this is an objective law independent of man's will. However much the reactionaries try to hold back the wheel of history, eventually revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph. -- Mao Zedong
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Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive. -- Mao Zedong
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There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Disaster and chaos are always good -- Mao Zedong
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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
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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
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When guerillas engage a stronger enemy, they withdraw when he advances, harass him when he stops, strike him when he is weary, pursue him when he withdraws. -- Mao Zedong
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Deaths have benefits. They can fertilise the ground. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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There is in guerilla warfare no such thing as a decisive battle. -- Mao Zedong
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When we look at thing, we must examine its essence and treat its appearance merely as an usher at the threshold, we must, once we cross the threshold, grasp the essence of the thing. -- Mao Zedong
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Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole. -- Mao Zedong
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There is no such thing as abstract Marxism, only concrete Marxism ... The Sinofication of Marxism - that is, making certain that its manifestation is imbued with Chinese peculiarities - is a problem that must be understood and solved by the party without delay. -- Mao Zedong
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Wherever our comrades go they must build good relations with the masses, be concerned for them and help them overcome their difficulties. We must unite with the masses, the more of the masses we unite with, the better -- Mao Zedong
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The weeds of socialism are better than the crops of capitalism. -- Mao Zedong
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Be pupils of the masses as well as their teachers. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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or does not study how to run meetings successfully. -- Mao Zedong
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To read too many books is harmful. -- Mao Zedong
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Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts. -- Mao Zedong
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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 Zedong
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It is impossible for a genuine people's revolution in any country to win victory without various forms of help from the international revolutionary forces. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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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
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We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting. -- Mao Zedong
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The commanders and fighters of the entire Chinese People's Liberation Army absolutely must not relax in the least their will to fight; any thinking that relaxes the will to fight and belittles the enemy is wrong. -- Mao Zedong
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Anyone who sees only the bright side but not the difficulties cannot fight effectively for the accomplishment of the Party's tasks. -- Mao Zedong
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Ours is a people's democratic dictatorship, led by the working class and based on the worker-peasant alliance. -- Mao Zedong
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All our officers and fighters must always bear in mind that we are the great People's Liberation Army, we are the troops led by the great Communist Party of China. Provided we constantly observe the directives of the Party, we are sure to win. -- Mao Zedong
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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 Zedong
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A people's insurrection and a people's revolution are not only natural but inevitable. -- Mao Zedong
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Without an army for the people, there is nothing for the people. -- Mao Zedong
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The first law of war is to preserve ourselves and destroy the enemy. -- Mao Zedong
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The Communist party must control the guns. -- Mao Zedong
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Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years. -- Mao Zedong
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In our international relations, we Chinese people should get rid of great-power chauvinism resolutely, thoroughly, wholly and completely. -- Mao Zedong
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Take the ideas of the masses (scattered and unsystematic ideas) and concentrate them (through study turn them into concentrated and systematic ideas), then go to the masses and propagate and explain these ideas until the masses embrace them as their own -- Mao Zedong
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A revolution does not march a straight line. It wanders where it can, retreats before superior forces, advances wherever it has room, attacks whenever the enemy retreats or bluffs, and above all, is possessed of enormous patience. -- Mao Zedong
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All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. -- Mao Zedong
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Some play the piano well and some badly and there is a great difference in the melodies they produce. -- Mao Zedong
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Oxford shirts. Definitely more oxford shirts. -- Mao Zedong
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After the enemies with guns have been wiped out, there will still be enemies without guns; they are bound to struggle desperately against us, and we must never regard these enemies lightly. If we do nor now raise and understand the problem in this way, we shall commit the gravest mistakes. -- Mao Zedong
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the imperialist prophets are pinning their hopes of "peaceful evolution" on the third or fourth generation of the Chinese Party. -- Mao Zedong
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To rebel is justified -- Mao Zedong
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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
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What do you think has been the effect of the French revolution? It is too early to tell. -- Mao Zedong
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If one must fight one should confine oneself to conventional weapons. -- Mao Zedong
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When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue. -- Mao Zedong
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It is mainly because of the unorganized state of the Chinese masses that Japan dares to bully us. -- Mao Zedong
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The spark from a tiny star can ignite the plains. -- Mao Zedong
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Civilize the mind but make savage the body. -- Mao Zedong
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People like me sound like a lot of big cannons. -- Mao Zedong
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I am alone with the masses. -- Mao Zedong
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Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution. -- Mao Zedong
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We must have faith, first, that the peasant masses are ready to advance step by step along the road of socialism under the leadership of the Party, and second, that the Party is capable of leading the peasants along this road. These two points are the essence of the matter, the main current. -- Mao Zedong
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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 Zedong
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Political work is the life-blood of all economic work. -- Mao Zedong
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In class society everyone lives as a member of a particular class, and every kind of thinking, without exception, is stamped with the brand of class. -- Mao Zedong
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[Khrushchev] should get a one-ton medal. -- Mao Zedong
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To Be Attacked by the Enemy Is Not a Bad Thing but a Good Thing, -- Mao Zedong
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All reactionaries are paper tigers. -- Mao Zedong
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New things have to experience difficulties and setbacks as they grow. -- Mao Zedong
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As far as world war goes, there are really only two possibilities: either war provokes revolution, or revolution averts war. -- Mao Zedong
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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 Zedong
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If there were no contradictions and no struggle, there would be no world, no process, no life, and there would be nothing at all. -- Mao Zedong
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History is a symptom of our disease -- Mao Zedong
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I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever. -- Mao Zedong
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Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. -- Mao Zedong
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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 Zedong
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Men and women must receive equal pay for equal work in production. -- Mao Zedong
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The arrow of Marxist-Leninism must be used to hit the target of the Chinese Revolution. -- Mao Zedong
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Revolution is a drama of passion. We did not win the people over by appealing to reason but by developing hope, trust, fraternity. -- Mao Zedong
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The contest of strength is not only a contest of military and economic power, but also a contest of human power and morale. Military and economic power is necessarily wielded by people. -- Mao Zedong
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The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history. -- Mao Zedong
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Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible. -- Mao Zedong
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Learn from the masses, and then teach them. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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It is right to rebel against reactionaries. -- Mao Zedong
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Whoever has an army has power, and war decides everything. -- Mao Zedong
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The sky is no bigger than the mouth of the well. -- Mao Zedong
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Today the whole world depends on communism for its salvation, and China is no exception. -- Mao Zedong
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The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue -- Mao Zedong
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Once all struggle is grapsed, miracles are possible. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Complacency is the enemy of study. -- Mao Zedong
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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
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Communism has nothing to do with love. Communism is an excellent hammer which we use to destroy our enemy. -- Mao Zedong
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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. -- Mao Zedong
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In waking a tiger, use a long stick. -- Mao Zedong
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We should encourage comrades to take the interests of the whole into account. Every Party member, every branch of work, every statement and every action must proceed from the interests of the whole Party; it is absolutely impermissible to violate this principle. -- Mao Zedong