Ho Chi Minh

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Hồ Chí Minh (May 19, 1890September 2, 1969) was a Vietnamese revolutionary and statesman, who later became Prime Minister (1946–1955) and President (1955–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.


  • I only follow one party: the Vietnamese party.
  • Colonialism is dying. The white man is finished in Asia. But if the Chinese stay now, they will never go. As for me, I prefer to sniff French shit for five years than eat Chinese shit for the rest of my life.
  • If the Tiger does not stop fighting the Elephant, the Elephant will die of exhaustion.
    • Referring to Vietnam War
  • In "Lenin's Theses on the National and Colonial Questions" there were political terms that were difficult to understand. But by reading them again and again finally I was able to grasp the essential part. What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me! I wept for joy. Sitting by myself in my room, I would shout as if I were addressing large crowds: "Dear martyr compatriots! This is what we need, this is our path to liberation!" Since then (the 1920s) I had entire confidence in Lenin, in the Third International!
It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me.
  • It is better to sacrifice everything than to live in slavery.
  • At first, patriotism, not yet communism, led me to have confidence in Lenin, in the Third International.
  • Nothing is more precious than Independence and Liberty.
  • Remember the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.
  • The Vietnamese people deeply love independence, freedom and peace. But in the face of United States aggression they have risen up, united as one man.
  • We have to win independence at any cost, even if the Truong Son mountains burn.
  • When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.
  • You can kill ten of our men for every one we kill of yours. But even at those odds, you will lose and we will win.
    • Referring to France and America in their wars in Vietnam
  • As long as you have weapons to throw at us, we have bodies to throw at you.

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