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39 Notable Quotes By Mao Zedong

Famous As: Communist Leader of China
Born On: December 26, 1893
Died On: September 9, 1976
Born In: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Founder / Co Founder: People's Republic of China
Died At Age: 82
Mao Zedong was a distinguished Chinese political theorist, revolutionary, communist, and poet. He was the founder of the ‘People’s Republic of China’ and ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1949 until he breathed his last in 1976. His theories, thoughts, political policies and military strategies are collectively known as Maoism. He is often considered to be one of the most controversial figures of China who gained recognition both for right and wrong reasons. He is accredited for knocking imperialism out of the country. Following is a corpus of notable, thought-provoking, and interesting quotes and sayings by Mao Zedong. Read through the collection of popular and meaningful quotes and thoughts by Mao Zedong on women, enemy, communism, struggle, miracles, change, knowledge, society, transformation, goal, enemy etc.
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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.

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.

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There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.

There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.

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All reactionaries are paper tigers.

All reactionaries are paper tigers.

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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.

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.

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Learn from the masses, and then teach them.

Learn from the masses, and then teach them.

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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.

Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.

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People like me sound like a lot of big cannons.

People like me sound like a lot of big cannons.

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An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.

An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.

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War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.

War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.

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Political work is the life-blood of all economic work.

Political work is the life-blood of all economic work.

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I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.

I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.

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The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.

The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.

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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.

In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.

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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.

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.

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Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.

Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.

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The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.

The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.

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In waking a tiger, use a long stick.

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.

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Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.

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The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.

The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.

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I voted for you during your last election.

I voted for you during your last election.

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We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.

We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.

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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.

Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work.

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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.

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.

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In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.

In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.

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Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.

Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.

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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.

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.

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Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.

Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.

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Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.

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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.

Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.

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To read too many books is harmful.

To read too many books is harmful.

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Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.

Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.

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A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.

A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.

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Let a hundred flowers bloom.

Let a hundred flowers bloom.

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Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

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Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.

Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.

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Women hold up half the sky.

Women hold up half the sky.

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Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.

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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.

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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.

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