The country is so beautiful, where so many heroes had devoted their lives into it. Sorry that the Qin Emperor or the Han Wu Emperor lacks a sense for literacy; while the founders of the Tang and Song dynasties came short in style. The great man, Genghis Khan, only knew how to shoot eagles with an arrow. The past is past, to see real heroes, look around you.
Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution.
ANALYSIS OF THE CLASSES IN CHINESE SOCIETY (March 1926), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 1.
All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are really powerful.
Talk with the American Correspondent Anna Louise Strong (August 1946), Selected Works, Vol. IV, p. 100.
百花齐放，百家争鸣 (Simplified Chinese),
Let a hundred flowers bloom: let a hundred schools of thought contend.
Slogan used at the start of the Hundred Flowers Campaign for open criticism of the communist government that began in late 1956 and later went out of control.
We shall support whatever our enemies oppose; and oppose whatever our enemies support.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
The revolutionary war is a war of the masses; it can be waged only by mobilizing the masses and relying on them.
Without an army for the people, there is nothing for the people.
Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.
Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.
If the military and the peasantry unite as one, then none on this earth could possibly subvert them.
Excerpt from one of Mao Zedong's various works of poetry