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Mao Zedong quotes

The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.

Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.

Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.

The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.

Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.

Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.

Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.

Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.

The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the United States reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

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.

We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.

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.

War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.

I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.

Learn from the masses, and then teach them.

We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.

Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

To read too many books is harmful.