Quotation by Mao Zedong

Apart from their other characteristics, the outstanding thing about China's 600 million people is that they are "poor and blank." This may seem a bad thing, but in reality it is a good thing. Poverty gives rise to the desire for change, the desire for action and the desire for revolution. On a blank sheet of paper free from any mark, the freshest and most beautiful pictures can be painted.
Mao Zedong (1893–1976), Chinese founder of the People's Republic of China. "Introducing a Co-operative" (April 15, 1958). Quoted in Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (1967).
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