Temples Are Only So Big

Like Deng, the sayings in Selected Works are blunt and pragmatic. Excerpts:

On Mao: Every Chinese knows that without Chairman Mao, there would have been no new China . . . We must not exaggerate his mistakes. If we do, we will be slandering [him] as well as our party and state ... [However,] he acted as a patriarch. He never wanted to know the ideas of the others, no matter how right they could be. He never wanted to hear opinions different from his. He really behaved in an unhealthy, feudal way.


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