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A collection of quotes and sayings by Deng Xiaoping on economy, glorious, speech, rich, economic reforms, infrastructure, socialism, poverty, politics, rich, aim, lead, revolution and China.

26 Top Deng Xiaoping Quotes

Quick Facts

Born On: August 22, 1904

Died On: February 19, 1997

Born In: Guang'an, Sichuan

Died At Age: 92

Deng Xiaoping was an illustrious Chinese politician and revolutionary. From 1978, he served as the cardinal leader of the ‘People’s Republic of China’ till his retirement in 1989. He played a paramount role in leading his country through far-reaching economic reforms after the death of Chairman, Mao Zedong. After the disastrous excesses of the Cultural Revolution, he led his country to economic growth and domestic stability. He exerted extreme influence on the country’s economic reforms though he never served as the head of government, General Secretary, or as the head of the state. We have corralled some famous, popular, and meaningful quotes and sayings by Deng Xiaoping, which have been excerpted from his speeches, populace utterances, thoughts and life. Read through the quotes and thoughts by Deng Xiaoping.

We must firmly grasp management. Just making things isn't enough. We need to raise the quality.

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Reform is Chinas second revolution.

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Seek truth from facts.

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When our thousands of Chinese students abroad return home, you will see how China will transform itself.

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Do not debate! is one of my inventions.

Deng Xiaoping

There is oil in the Middle East there is rare earth in China.

Deng Xiaoping

Let some people get rich first.

Deng Xiaoping

The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves.

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It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.

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Be reasonable with the students and make sure they see the logic in what we're doing.

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In China, we intend to acquire advanced technology, science and management skills to serve our socialist production. And these things as such have no class character.

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No matter to what degree China opens up to the outside world and admits foreign capital, its relative magnitude will be small and it can't affect our system of socialist public ownership of the means of production.

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Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.

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Cross the river by feeling for stones.

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A fundamental contradiction does not exist between socialism and a market economy.

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Keep a cool head and maintain a low profile. Never take the lead - but aim to do something big.

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Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim leadership.

Deng Xiaoping

No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat.

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China is not a superpower, nor will she ever seek to be one... If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialist, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.

Deng Xiaoping

Not only did Mao Zedong Thought lead us to victory in the revolution in the past; it is - and will continue to be - a treasured possession of the Chinese Communist Party and of our country. That is why we will forever keep Chairman Mao's portrait on Tiananmen Gate as a symbol of our country, and we will always remember him as a founder of our Party and state. Moreover, we will adhere to Mao Zedong Thought. We will not do to Chairman Mao what Khrushchev did to Stalin.

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Absorbing foreign capital and technology and even allowing foreigners to construct plants in China can only play a complementary role to our effort to develop the productive forces in a socialist society. Of course, this will bring some decadent capitalist influences into China. We are aware of this possibility; it's nothing to be afraid of.

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We should not lay all past mistakes on Chairman Mao. So we must be very objective in assessing him. His contributions were primary, his mistakes secondary. In China, we will inherit the many good things in Chairman Mao's thinking while at the same time explaining clearly the mistakes he made.

Deng Xiaoping

I would be quite content if I myself could be rated fifty-fifty in merits and demerits. But one thing I can say for myself: I have had a clear conscience all my life. Please mark my words: I have made quite a few mistakes, and I have my own share of responsibility for some of the mistakes made by Comrade Mao Zedong. But it can be said that I made my mistake with good intentions. There is nobody who doesn't make mistakes.

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It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white as long as it catches mice.

Deng Xiaoping

We mustn't fear to adopt the advanced management methods applied in capitalist countries (...) The very essence of socialism is the liberation and development of the productive systems (...) Socialism and market economy are not incompatible (...) We should be concerned about right-wing deviations, but most of all, we must be concerned about left-wing deviations.

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Chairman Mao's greatest contribution was that he applied the principles of Marxism-Leninism to the concrete practice of the Chinese revolution, pointing the way to victory. It should be said that before the sixties or the late fifties many of his ideas brought us victories, and the fundamental principles he advanced were quite correct.

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