No matter if it is a white cat or a black cat; as long as it can catch mice, it is a good cat.

โ€” Deng Xiaoping

The most helpful Deng Xiaoping quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

Keep a cool head and maintain a low profile. Never take the lead - but aim to do something big.


A fundamental contradiction does not exist between socialism and a market economy.


We mustn't fear to adopt the advanced management methods applied in capitalist countries. The very essence of socialism is the liberation and development of the productive systems. Socialism and market economy are not incompatible. We should be concerned about right-wing deviations, but most of all, we must be concerned about left-wing deviations.


It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice.


The United States brags about its political system, but the President says one thing during the election, something else when he takes office, something else at midterm and something else when he leaves.


Let some people get rich first.


There is oil in the Middle East there is rare earth in China.


We should not lay all past mistakes on Chairman Mao.

So we must be very objective in assessing him. His contributions were primary, his mistakes secondary. In China, we will inherit the many good things in Chairman Mao's thinking while at the same time explaining clearly the mistakes he made.


Absorbing foreign capital and technology and even allowing foreigners to construct plants in China can only play a complementary role to our effort to develop the productive forces in a socialist society. Of course, this will bring some decadent capitalist influences into China. We are aware of this possibility; it's nothing to be afraid of.


Do not debate! is one of my inventions.


No matter to what degree China opens up to the outside world and admits foreign capital, its relative magnitude will be small and it can't affect our system of socialist public ownership of the means of production.


Chairman Mao's greatest contribution was that he applied the principles of Marxism-Leninism to the concrete practice of the Chinese revolution, pointing the way to victory. It should be said that before the sixties or the late fifties many of his ideas brought us victories, and the fundamental principles he advanced were quite correct.


About Deng Xiaoping

Quotes 50 sayings
Nationality Chinese
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

Young leading cadres have risen up by helicopter. They should really rise step by step.


Even if they're functioning out of ignorance, they are still participating and must be suppressed. In China, even one million people can be considered a small sum.


To get rich is glorious.


In China, we intend to acquire advanced technology, science and management skills to serve our socialist production. And these things as such have no class character.


I donโ€™t care if the cat is black or white, I just want it to kill the mice.


Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it's a good cat


The minority yields to the majority!


In the final analysis, the general principle for our economic development in China is still that formulated by Chairman Mao, that is, to rely mainly on our own efforts with external assistance subsidiary.


According to Marx, socialism is the first stage of communism and it covers a very long historical period in which we must practise the principle "to each according to his work" and combine the interests of the state, the collective and the individual, for only thus can we arouse people's enthusiasm for labour and develop socialist production.


China has a history of thousands of years of feudalism and is still lacking in socialist democracy and socialist legality. We are now working earnestly to cultivate socialist democracy and socialist legality. Only in this way can we solve the problem.


Any capitalism is superior to feudalism.


At the higher stage of communism, when the productive forces will be greatly developed and the principle "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" will be practised, personal interests will be acknowledged still more and more personal needs will be satisfied.


For a leader to pick his own successor is a feudal practice.


Black cat, white cat, what does it matter as long as the cat catches mice?


In the past there were too many portraits of Chairman Mao in China.

They were hung everywhere. That was not proper and it didn't really show respect for Chairman Mao.


Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.


Chairman Mao was after all a principal founder of the Chinese Communist Party and the People's Republic of China. In evaluating his merits and mistakes, we hold that his mistakes were only secondary. What he did for the Chinese people can never be erased. In our hearts we Chinese will always cherish him as a founder of our Party and our state.


Whatever sentence is passed on the Gang of Four won't be excessive.

They brought harm to millions upon millions of people.


Cross the river by feeling for stones under one's feet.


It is Chairman Mao who should be held primarily responsible for the Great Leap Forward. But it didn't take him long - just a few months - to recognize his mistake, and he did so before the rest of us and proposed corrections. And in 1962, when because of some other factors those corrections had not been fully carried out, he made a self-criticism. But the lessons were not fully drawn, and as a result the "Cultural Revolution" erupted.


The influence of the Gang of Four should not be underrated, but it should be noted that 97 or 98 per cent of the population hate them intensely for their crimes. This was shown by the mass movement against the Gang of Four which erupted at Tiananmen Square on April 5, 1976, when the Gang were still riding high, Chairman Mao was critically ill and Premier Zhou had passed away.


By following the concept of one country, two systems, you dont swallow me up nor I you.


We must make a clear distinction between the nature of Chairman Mao's mistakes and the crimes of Lin Biao and the Gang of Four. For most of his life, Chairman Mao did very good things. Many times he saved the Party and the state from crisis. Without him the Chinese people would, at the very least, have spent much more time groping in the dark.


China is not a superpower, nor will she ever seek to be one.

.. If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialist, expose it, oppose it and work together with the Chinese people to overthrow it.


It should be pointed out that some of the things done after the arrest of the Gang of Four were inconsistent with Chairman Mao's wishes, for instance, the construction of the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. He had proposed in the fifties that we should all be cremated when we died and that only our ashes be kept, that no remains should be preserved and no tombs built.


If the masses feel some anger, we must let them express it.


Chairman Mao creatively applied Marxism-Leninism to every aspect of the Chinese revolution, and he had creative views on philosophy, political science, military science, literature and art, and so on. Unfortunately, in the evening of his life, particularly during the "Cultural Revolution", he made mistakes - and they were not minor ones - which brought many misfortunes upon our Party, our state and our people.


In China, we are considering ways of resolving our problems by improving our institutions.


We must firmly grasp management. Just making things isn't enough. We need to raise the quality.


Be reasonable with the students and make sure they see the logic in what we're doing.


I would be quite content if I myself could be rated fifty-fifty in merits and demerits. But one thing I can say for myself: I have had a clear conscience all my life. Please mark my words: I have made quite a few mistakes, and I have my own share of responsibility for some of the mistakes made by Comrade Mao Zedong. But it can be said that I made my mistake with good intentions. There is nobody who doesn't make mistakes.


Seek truth from facts.


Observe calmly; secure our position; cope with affairs calmly; hide our capacities and bide our time; be good at maintaining a low profile; and never claim leadership.


In the last couple of years before Chairman Mao's death he said that the "Cultural Revolution" had been wrong on two counts: one was "overthrowing all", and the other was waging a "full-scale civil war". These two counts alone show that the "Cultural Revolution" cannot be called correct. Chairman Mao's mistake was a political mistake, and not a small one.


We cannot say that everything developed in capitalist countries is of a capitalist nature. For instance, technology, science - even advanced production management is also a sort of science - will be useful in any society or country.


When our thousands of Chinese students abroad return home, you will see how China will transform itself.


Reform is China's second revolution.