The Little Red Book The little red book, which is also known as the Quotations of Mao Zedong, was first published in 1966. It became popular in China during the Cultural Revolution because was required to carry it around with them. If someone was caught not carrying, reading or quoting the book they would be beaten or killed because they were 'disrespecting Mao'. Virtually every citizen had their own copy.
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The book is a collection of 427 quotes from Mao that are divided into 33 sections of life including discipline, patriotism, and the role of women.

The Book was a huge form of propaganda for Mao. His goal was to have everyone understand communism and believe that Mao's communism was the best for their country. The quotes had to be memorized and students studied it during school. Dong Wu, who was a student at the time, said, "I carried Mao's Little Red Book with me all the time, I read it over and over until I remembered everything in that book." Through this use of propaganda, Mao brainwashed China.
Quotations from the Book:
  • "Modesty helps one go forward, whereas conceit makes one lag behind;"
  • "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.
  • "People of the world, unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all the running dogs...Monsters of all kinds shall be destroyed
  • Loyal Communists were also urged to "speak politely; return everything you borrow; don't swear at people; and do not take liberties with women."


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The three main "Rules for Discipline" were: "Obey orders in all your actions; Do not take a single needle or thread from the masses; and Turn in everything captured."



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