I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?
The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
If China stood on an equal basis with other nations, she could compete freely with them in the economic field and be able to hold her own without failure. But as soon as foreign nations use political power as a shield for their economic designs, then China is at a loss how to resist or to compete successfully with them.
Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is exploited in these times of economic crisis, and it’s hard to find out when one slides into another.
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head.
All my comrades must continue to exert their efforts according to my ‘Programme of National Reconstruction,’ ‘Outline of Reconstruction,’ the ‘Three Principles of the People,’ and the ‘Manifesto’ issued by the First National Congress of our Party, and strive on earnestly for the consummation of the end we have in view.