LAO VS. MAO
ROUND 1 - Tao Te Ching vs. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung
"The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
The shape changes but not the form;
The more it moves, the more it yields.
More words count less.
Hold fast to the center." - Ch. 5
"If we actually forget the Party's general line and general policy, then we shall be blind, half-baked,
muddle-headed revolutionaries, and when we carry out a specific line for work and a specific policy, we shall lose our
bearings and vacillate now to the left and now to the right, and the work will suffer." -
"Speech at a Conference of Cadres in the Shansi-Suiyuan Liberated Area" (April 1, 1948), Selected Works,
Vol. IV, p. 238.
"Force is followed by loss of strength.
This is not the way of Tao.
That which goes against the Tao comes to an early end." - Ch. 30
"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it
cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous.
A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." -
"Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan" (March 1927), Selected Works,
Vol. I, p. 28.
"Good weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them.
Therefore followers of Tao never use them.
The wise man prefers the left.
The man of war prefers the right.
Weapons are instruments of fear; they are not a wise man's tools.
He uses them only when he has no choice.
Peace and quiet are dear to his heart,
And victory no cause for rejoicing.
If you rejoice in victory, then you delight in killing;
If you delight in killing, you cannot fulfill yourself." - Ch. 31
"Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.'" -
"Problems of War and Strategy" (November 6, 1938), Selected Works, Vol. II, p. 224.