The Little Red Book debuted in 1964. Known for its bright red cover, the publication was available in 32 different sizes – the most popular being a small, pocket-sized version. The official name of the book was Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung who, from 1943-1969, was the Chairman of the Communist Party of China. Filled with excerpts from Chairman Mao’s speeches and writings, the book includes subjects as diverse as: class struggle, war and peace, patriotism and relationships between the army and the people. All Chinese citizens were expected to own a copy of the book and most saw it as a form of protection during the controversial social-political Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). It has been estimated that over one billion copies were produced.
Here are some of Chairman Mao's sayings from the book:
“In transforming backward agricultural China into an advanced industrialized country, we are confronted with arduous tasks and our experience is far from adequate. So we must be good at learning.”
“We should support whatever the enemy opposes and oppose whatever the enemy supports.”
“Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”