Mao Zedong

Chinese communist leader (1893-1976)

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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.
All reactionaries are paper tigers.
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' Our principle is that the Communist Party commands the gun and the gun will never be allowed to command the Party.
I voted for you during your last election. (To President Richard M Nixon)
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.
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
Our attitude towards ourselves should be to be satiable in learning and towards others to be tireless in teaching.
Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.
Power grows from the barrel of a gun.
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.
Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly. (On intellectuals)
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.
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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