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Mao Zedong

Official portrait of Mao Zedong which hangs at Tiananmen
1st Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China
In office
June 19, 1945 â€“ September 9, 1976
1st vice-chairman Liu Shaoqi
Lin Biao
Zhou Enlai
Hua Guofeng
Preceded by Himself (as Central Politburo Chairman)
Succeeded by Hua Guofeng
1st Chairman of the Central Politburo of the Communist Party of China
In office
March 20, 1943 â€“ April 24, 1969
Preceded by Zhang Wentian
(as Central Committee General Secretary)
Succeeded by Himself (as Central Committee Chairman)
1st Chairman of the People’s Republic of China
In office
September 27, 1954 â€“ April 27, 1959
Premier Zhou Enlai
Deputy Zhu De
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Liu Shaoqi
Chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission
In office
August 23, 1945 â€“ September 21, 1949
September 8, 1954 â€“ September 9, 1976
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Hua Guofeng
1st Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC
In office
September 21, 1949 â€“ December 25, 1954
Honorary Chairman
December 25, 1954 â€“ September 9, 1976
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Zhou Enlai
Member of the
National People’s Congress
In office
September 15, 1954 â€“ April 18, 1959
December 21, 1964 â€“ September 9, 1976
Constituency Beijing At-large
Personal details
Born (1893-12-26)December 26, 1893
Shaoshan, Hunan, China
Died September 9, 1976(1976-09-09) (aged 82)
Beijing, China
Resting place Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Beijing, China
Nationality Chinese
Political party Communist Party of China
Other political
Kuomintang (1925–1926)
Spouse(s) Luo Yixiu (1907–1910)
Yang Kaihui (1920–1930)
He Zizhen (1930–1937)
Jiang Qing (1939–1976)
Children 10
Alma mater Hunan First Normal University
Occupation Revolutionary, statesman

Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
Mao Zedong
People like me sound like a lot of big cannons.
Investigation may be likened to the long months of pregnancy, and solving a problem to the day of birth. To investigate a problem is, indeed, to solve it.
Mao Zedong
Weapons are an important factor in war, but not the decisive one; it is man and not materials that counts.
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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.
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The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.
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Enable every woman who can work to take her place on the labour front, under the principle of equal pay for equal work.
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Political work is the life-blood of all economic work.
Women hold up half the sky.
In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.
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Genuine equality between the sexes can only be realized in the process of the socialist transformation of society as a whole.
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Passivity is fatal to us. Our goal is to make the enemy passive.
Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.
The differences between friends cannot but reinforce their friendship.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
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.
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The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.
Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.
In waking a tiger, use a long stick.
Let a hundred flowers bloom.
Despise the enemy strategically, but take him seriously tactically.
There is a serious tendency toward capitalism among the well-to-do peasants.
Mao Zedong

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
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.
Mao Zedong
All reactionaries are paper tigers.
Learn from the masses, and then teach them.
In time of difficulties, we must not lose sight of our achievements.
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Mao Zedong
Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
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.
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The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominant contradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a central line to resolve it.
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Swollen in head, weak in legs, sharp in tongue but empty in belly.
War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.
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Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.
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A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery.
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I have witnessed the tremendous energy of the masses. On this foundation it is possible to accomplish any task whatsoever.
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To read too many books is harmful.
We shall heal our wounds, collect our dead and continue fighting.
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.
Mao Zedong
I voted for you during your last election.