I did not join the resistance movement to kill people, to kill the nation. Look at me now. Am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.— Pol Pot
The most delightful Pol Pot quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
Since he is of no use anymore, there is no gain if he lives and no loss if he dies.
We will burn the old grass and the new will grow.
If you have a disease of the old society, take a dose of Lenin as medication.
Exterminate the 50 million Vietnamese and purify the masses of the [Cambodian] people.
I want you to know that everything I did, I did for my country.
Whoever wishes to blame or attack me is entitled to do so.
I regret I didn't have enough experience to totally control the movement. On the other hand, with our constant struggle, this had to be done together with others in the communist world to stop Kampuchea becoming Vietnamese.
There's what we did wrong and what we did right.
The mistake is that we did some things against the people - by us and also by the enemy - but the other side, as I told you, is that without our struggle there would be no Cambodia right now.
No gain in keeping, no loss in weeding out.
When I die, my only wish is that Cambodia remain Cambodia and belong to the West. It is over for communism, and I want to stress that.
In Khmer we have a saying that when one is both quite sick and old there remains only one thing, that you die.
We want only peace, to build up our country.
World opinion is paying great attention to the threat against Democratic Kampuchea. They are anxious, they fear Kampuchea cannot oppose the Vietnamese. This could hurt the interests of the Southeast Asian countries and all of the world's countries.
If you wish to live exactly as you please, the Angkar will put aside a small piece of land for you.
The first time I heard of Tuol Sleng, it was on the Voice of America. I listened twice.
I came to join the revolution, not to kill the Cambodian people.
Look at me now. Am I a violent person? No. So, as far as my conscience and my mission were concerned, there was no problem.
For the other people, the babies, the young ones, I did not order them to be killed. For Son Sen and his family, yes. I feel sorry for that. That was a mistake that occurred when we put our plan into practice. I feel sorry.
Even now, and you can look at me, am I a savage person? My conscience is clear.
I'm quite modest. I don't want to tell people I'm a leader.
The Vietnamese... wanted to assassinate me because they knew without me they could easily swallow up Cambodia.
I'm quite satisfied on one thing: If we had not carried out our struggle, Cambodia would have become another Kampuchea Krom in 1975.
The sick are victims of their own imagination.
It's up to history to judge.
If someone is very hungry, the Angkar will take him where he will be stuffed with food.
Better to kill an innocent by mistake than spare an enemy by mistake.
He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse.
To kill the grass you must also remove the root
I came to carry out the struggle, not to kill people.
I do not reject responsibility - our movement made mistakes, like every other movement in the world. But there was another aspect that was outside our control - the enemy's activities against us.
Failing to induce adulation and submissiveness, the Angkar could only generate hatred. If concealment was the ultimate ploy for the leadership, it backfired and whipped up abhorrence in the context of total revolution. This might be one of the explanations why repression assumed proportions unknown in other Communist countries. The mask of Angkar was a good tactic to grab power, but it proved disastrous in government.