27 Total Quotes

Mao Zedong Quotes

Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive factor; it is people, not things, that are decisive. 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
#People #Weapons

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
#Revolutions And Revolutionaries #Painting

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
#Progress #Chinese Leader

Let a hundred flowers bloom.
Mao Zedong
#Chinese Leader

Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
Mao Zedong
#Civilization #Chinese Leader

All the reputedly powerful reactionaries are merely paper tigers. The reason is that they are divorced from the people. Look! Was not Hitler a paper tiger? Was Hitler not overthrown? U.S. imperialism has not yet been overthrown and it has the atomic bomb. I believe it also will be overthrown. It, too, is a paper tiger.
Mao Zedong
#People

I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.
Mao Zedong
#Chinese Leader #Energy

To read too many books is harmful.
Mao Zedong
#Books And Reading #Chinese Leader

An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Mao Zedong
#Chinese Leader #Army

What we have in excess is women. So if you want, we can give a few of those to you, some tens of thousands. Let them go to your place. They will create disasters. That way you can lessen our burden.
Mao Zedong
#Excess

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.
Mao Zedong
#War

You say, away with you Communists; we say, away with you imperialists.
Mao Zedong
#Communists

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 h
Mao Zedong
#Mistakes

Long distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.
Mao Zedong
#Perseverance

We speak to no other country as frankly and openly as we do to you,
Mao Zedong
#Country

[The authors have reduced him to a bloodthirsty, power-obsessed egotist, someone who never believed in communism, nor in anything else, and this from the very first pages of the book.] I do not agree with the view that to be moral, the motive of one's action has to be benefiting others, ... People like me want to satisfy our hearts to the full, and in doing so we automatically have the most valuable moral codes.
Mao Zedong
#Communism

I do not agree with the view that to be moral, the motive of one's action has to be benefiting others. People like me want to satisfy our hearts to the full, and in doing so we automatically have the most valuable moral codes.
Mao Zedong
#Action

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
#Chinese Leader

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, hold fast to them and translate them into action, and test the correctness of these ideas in such action. Then once again concentrate ideas from the masses and once again go to the masses so that the ideas are persevered in and carried through. And so on, over and over again in an endless spiral, with the ideas becoming more correct, more vital and richer each time. Such is the Marxist theory of knowledge.
Mao Zedong
#Masses

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
Mao Zedong
#Chinese Leader