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Mao Zedong

Republic of China 26 December 1893, Shaoshan, China 9 September 1976, Beijing, China


Mao Tse-tung was the principal Chinese Marxist theorist, soldier and statesman who led his nation's Cultural Revolution.

Born on December 26, 1893, in Shaoshan, Hunan Province, China, Mao Tse-tung served as chairman of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1959, and led the Chinese Communist Party from 1935 until his death. Mao's "Great Leap Forward" and the Cultural Revolution were ill-conceived and had disastrous consequences, but many of his goals, including stressing China's self-reliance, were generally laudable.

Mao Tse-tung died from complications of Parkinson's disease on September 9, 1976, at the age of 82, in Beijing, China. He left a controversial legacy in both China and the West as a genocidal monster and political genius. Officially, in China, he is held in high regard as a great political strategist and military mastermind, the savior of the nation. However, Mao's efforts to close China to trade and market commerce and eradicate traditional Chinese culture have largely been rejected by his successors. While his emphasis on China's self-reliance and the rapid industrialization that he promoted is credited with laying the foundation for China's late 20th century development, his harsh methods and insensitivity to anyone who didn't give him full faith and allegiance have been widely rebuked as self-defeating.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

To read too many books is harmful.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Women hold up half the sky.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Politics is war without blood, while war is politics with blood.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Dont give a child a fish but show him how to fish

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

It's always darkest before it becomes totally black.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Firstly, do not fear hardship, and secondly, do not fear death.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

History is a symptom of our disease

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

When you point a finger at the moon to indicate the moon, instead of looking at the moon,the stupid ones look at your finger.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

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.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

Historical experience is written in iron and blood.