Top 20 motivational & inspirational quotes by Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong is well known as the Chinese Communist dictator that founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949. He is best known for unifying China and is accountable for the millions of lives lost during his reign.

Mao Zedong is well known as the Chinese Communist dictator that founded the People’s Republic of China in 1949. He is best known for unifying China and is accountable for the millions of lives lost during his reign. On December 26th, 1893, Mao Zedong was born in Shaoshan, Hunan Province of China, to Mao Yichang, a prosperous farmer, and Wen Qimei, a Buddhist. Mao Zedong’s father was known to strike him and his siblings. At 14, he got married to an older teenage girl in a marriage he never consented to.

In 1911 he entered the Revolutionary Army and the Nationalist Party. In 1921 he entered the Chinese Communist Party. His political ambitions began to develop, and in 1949 he became the founding father of the People’s Republic of China.

Here are some top powerful quotes by the legendary leader of China, Mao Zedong:

  1. “We communists are like seeds and the people are the soil. Wherever we go, we must unite with the people, take root and blossom among them.”
  2. “Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.”
  3. “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun.”
  4. “In literary and art criticism there are two criteria, the political and the artistic.”
  5. “Complacency is the enemy of study.”
  6. “On all basic points our policies have proved correct from the very beginning.”
  7. “Maybe you’re afraid of sinking. Don’t think about it. If you don’t think about it, you won’t sink. If you do, you will.”
  8. “We shall support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support.”
  9. “It is quite possible that China may reach the stages of socialism and communism considerably later than your countries in the West which are so much more highly developed economically.”
  10. “Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.”
  11. “Our country and all the other socialist countries want peace; so do the peoples of all the countries of the world. The only ones who crave war and do not want peace are certain monopoly capitalist groups in a handful of imperialist countries that depend on aggression for their profits.”
  12. “Communists should set an example in being practical as well as far-sighted. For only by being practical can they fulfill the appointed tasks, and only far-sightedness can prevent them from losing their bearings in the march forward.”
  13. “The young people are the most active and vital force in society. They are the most eager to learn and the least conservative in their thinking. This is especially so in the era of socialism.”
  14. “All the experience the Chinese people have accumulated through several decades teaches us to enforce the people’s democratic dictatorship, that is, to deprive the reactionaries of the right to speak and let the people alone have that right.”
  15. “People who try to commit suicide — don’t attempt to save them!… China is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people.”
  16. “We are firmly convinced that private capital, Chinese as well as foreign, must be given liberal opportunities for broad development in postwar China; for China needs industrial growth.”
  17. “First, it should be pointed out that the danger of ultrademocracy lies in the fact that it damages or even completely wrecks the Party organization and weakens or even completely undermines the Party’s fighting capacity, rendering the Party incapable of fulfilling its fighting tasks and thereby causing the defeat of the revolution. Next, it should be pointed out that the source of ultra-democracy consists in the petty bourgeoisie’s individualistic aversion to discipline. When this characteristic is brought into the Party, it develops into ultra-democratic ideas politically and organizationally. These ideas are utterly incompatible with the fighting tasks of the proletariat.”
  18. “The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.”
  19. “Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.”
  20. “If one must fight one should confine oneself to conventional weapons.”
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