Mao Quotes


  The Chinese Communist Party is the core of leadership of the whole Chinese people. Without this core, the cause of socialism cannot be victorious.

  May 25, 1957


  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 a class.

  July 1937


  Communism is at once a complete system of proletarian ideology and a new social system. It is different from any other ideological and social system, and is the most complete, progressive, revolutionary and rational system in human history.

  January 1940


  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.

  February 27, 1957


  Every Communist must grasp the truth, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

  November 6, 1938


  All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality they are not so powerful.

  August 1946


  People of the world, unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs! People of the world, be courageous, dare to fight, defy difficulties and advance wave upon wave.

  November 28, 1964


  “Fewer and better troops and simpler administration.” Talks, speeches, artricles and resolutions should all be concise and to the point. Meetings also should not go on too long.

  March 13, 1949


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

  April 24, 1945


  What really counts in the world is conscientiousness, and the Coummunist Party is most particular about being conscientious.

  November 17, 1957


  We must make a distinction between the enemy and ourselves, and we must not adopt an antagonistic stand towards comrades and treat them as we would the enemy.

  March 12, 1957


  The army must become one with the people so that they see it as their own army. Such an army will be invincible.

  May 1938


  Both in the army and in the local organizations, inner-Party democracy is meant to strengthen discipline and increase combat effectiveness, not to weaken them.

  October 1938


  All officers and fighters of our army must improve their military art, march forward courageously towards certain victory in the war and resolutely, thoroughly, wholly and completely wipe out all enemies.

  October 1947


  We should be modest and prudent, guard against arrogance and rashness, and serve the Chinese people heart and soul.

  April 23, 1945


  We must never adopt an arrogant attitude of great-power chauvinism and become conceited because of the victory of our revolution and certain achievements in our construction. Every nation, big of small, has its strong and weak points.

  September 15, 1956


  Give full play to our style of fighting —— courage in battle, no fear of sacrifice, no fear of fatigue, and continuous fighting(that is, fighting successive battles in a shourt time without rest).

  December 25, 1947


  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.

  January 10, 1945


  Marxist philosophy holds that the most important problem does not lie in understanding the laws of the objective world and thus being able to explain it, but in applying the knowledge of these laws actively to change the world.

  July 1937


  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.

  May 1930


  The unification of our country, the unity of our people and the unity of our various nationalities —— these are the basic guarantees of the sure triumph of our cause.

  February 27, 1957


  As for criticism, do it in good time; don‘t get into the habit of criticizing only after the event.

  July 31, 1955


  In order to build a great socialist society it is of the utmost importance to arouse the broad masses of women to join in productive activity. Men and women must receive equal pay for equal work in production.



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

  October 30, 1944


  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.