Mao Tse-tung

1893 - 1976

A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on poetry, seasons, vision, and world

Poem for Liu Ya-tzu I cannot forget how in Canton we drank tea and in Chungking went over our poems when leaves were yellowing. Thirty-one years ago and now we come back at last to the ancient capital Peking. In this season of falling flowers I read your beautiful poems. Be careful not to be torn inside. Open your vision to the world. Don't say that waters of Kumming Lake are too shallow. We can watch fish better here than in the Fuchun River in the south. Summer 1949

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: The Poems of Mao Tse-tung, Harper & Row

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on dance, dawn, family, musicians, play, poetry, poets, songs, and world

Poem for Liu Ya-tzu Night is long. And slowly comes the crimson sun-moon dawn. Demons and monsters danced about and whirled for hundreds of years and five hundred millions were not a family. Yet in one song the cock whitens the world. Song pours on us from ten thousand corners and musicians from Khotan play. Never before were we poets so moved. October 1950

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: The Poems of Mao Tse-tung, Harper & Row

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on communism, enemies, and love

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

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: 1950 quoted in Time

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on cities, courage, earth, enemies, fame, feeling, heaven, and mountains

Capture of Nanking Rain and a windstorm rage blue and yellow over Chung the bell mountain as a million peerless troops cross the Great River. The peak is a coiled dragon, the city a crouching tiger more dazzling than before. The sky is spinning and the earth upside down. We are elated yet we must use our courage to chase the hopeless enemy. We must not stoop to fame like the overlord Hsiang Yu. If heaven has feeling it will grow old and watch our seas turn into mulberry fields. April 1949

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: The Poems of Mao Tse-tung, Harper & Row

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on beginning and people

At the beginning of anything out of the ordinary, the mass of the people always dislike it.

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on mankind, mountains, poets, and taoism

Climbing Lushan The mountain looms firmly over the Great River. I climb four hundred bends to its green lush peak. With cool eyes I stare at the rim of mankind and the sea beyond. Hot wind blows rain in the sky and down to the river. Clouds over the nine tributaries and the floating yellow crane, where waves ripple toward the Three Wu. White mist flies up. Who knows where Tao, the ancient poet, has gone? Is he farming in the Land of the Peach Blossoms? July 1, 1959

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: The Poems of Mao Tse-tung, Harper & Row

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on correction, legacy, struggle, and study

In the struggle to defend the legacy of Leninism . . . [Stalin] proved himself to be an outstanding Marxist-Leninist fighter. . . . Stalin's works should, as before, be seriously studied . . . [to] see what is correct and what is not.

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: On the Historical Experience of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat (1956)

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung

. . . dogma is less useful than cow dung. One can make whatever one likes out of it, even revisionism. . . .

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: Interview with André Malraux, July 1965

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on beginning, companions, pollution, security, and water

While swimming in the heavily polluted rivers of south China, despite the pleadings of his security guards and his physician, he would chide his companions if they began to panic in the water: 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.

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

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A Quote by Mao Tse-tung on america, heaven, needs, peace, sharing, and world

Kunlun, you don't need all that height or snow. If I could lean on heaven, grab my sword, and cut you in three parts, I would send one to Europe, one to America, and keep one part here in China that the world have peace and the globe share the same heat and ice. October 1935

Mao Tse-tung (1893 - 1976)

Source: The Poems of Mao Tse-tung, Harper & Row

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