Quotations by Deng Xiaoping

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Deng Xiaoping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Deng Xiaoping (August 22, 1904 - February 19, 1997) was a prominent Chinese politician and reformer, and the late leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) . Deng never held office as the head of state or the head of government, but served as the de facto leader of the People's Republic of China from 1978 to the early 1990s. He developed "Socialism with Chinese characteristics" and Chinese economic reform, also known as the "socialist market economy", and opened China to the global market. (Source: Wikipedia)


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

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

  3. Let some people get rich first.

  4. Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious.

  5. Reform is China's second revolution.

  6. Seek truth from facts.

  7. The minority yields to the majority!

  8. 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.

  9. To get rich is glorious.

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

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