Top 10 Famous Quotes of Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong has countless classic speeches in his whole life, some of them fully reflect his rich experience and broad knowledge, inspiring generations of Chinese people. Here is my selection for the Top Ten Quotes made Mao Zedong, all these quotes were made with his extraordinary insights, in-depth research and careful analysis.
1. Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
In 1927 the KMT’s military leader Chiang Kai-shek broke the alliance and set about on an anti-communist purge. At an emergency meeting of the Chinese Communist Party, convened in Hankou. Future Party Chairman Mao Zedong made the oft-quoted statement that “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
2. A single spark can start a prairie fire.
This was a letter written by Mao Zedong in criticism of certain pessimistic views then existing in the Party on January 5, 1930.
3. All reactionaries are paper tigers.
In a 1956 interview with the American journalist Anna Louise Strong, Mao Zedong used the phrase to describe American imperialism: “In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain. I believe that is nothing but a paper tiger.”
4. It is only the first step in a long march of ten thousand li!
The most modest quote: “To win countrywide victory is only the first step in a long march of ten thousand li! ” was made by Mao Zedong on the Report to the Second Plenary Session of the Seventh Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on March 5, 1949.
5. The Chinese people have stood up.
This saying was made by Chairman Mao at the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference September 21, 1949.
6. We will not attack unless we are attacked; if we are attacked,we will certainly counterattack.
The quote was made on September 16, 1939 when the Kuomintang reactionaries created a series of Anti-Communist Party events.
7. It will rain in the sky and girls will all get married some day. Let them be!
This is the most mysterious but having-no-choice saying. In 1971 Lin Biao attempted to dispose of Mao and take power but finally was defeated. On September 12, Lin Biao and several others swiftly and secretly took flight toward the USSR, the real mystery is that his plane crashed in Mongolia.
8. With you in charge, I am at ease.
On 6 October 1976, Hua had the Gang of Four arrested. Hua Guofeng was appointed as the true successor of Mao Zedong who wrote the note to Hua: “With you in charge, I’m at ease.”
9. Let’s produce ample food and clothing with our own hands.
In Feb, 1939, Mao Zedong made this quote when the Communist Party in Yanan met economic issues and financial problems.
10. Serve the people
This speech was delivered by Mao Zedong on September 8, 1944 at a memorial meeting for Comrade Zhang Side held by departments directly under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Books about Mao Zedong
You may find some online articles and blog posts to read about Mao Zedong, but there’s still no substitute for books. Here’s my list of 5 worth dipping into now. Each is accessibly written and by a person who knows Mao well. Each includes a specific claim that will surprise you. And each will make you look at Mao from a different angle.
1. Ross Terrill`s “Mao: A Biography: Revised and Expanded Edition“ is the most comprehensive and authoritative biography of the man who shaped modern-day China–by one of the world’s most experienced China watchers.
2. Jonathan Spence`s “Mao Zedong: A Life (A Penguin Life).” The book let you know intimate history of one of the most formidable and elusive rulers in modern history.
3. “Mao: The Unknown Story” by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday was published in 2006, The book is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao’s close circle in China who have never talked before — and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him.