Sunday Quote: To Serve the People

“为人民利益而死,就比泰山还重.” – “To die for the people’s benefit weighs more heavily than Mount Taishan.”

Example sentence in Chinese dictionaries. Reportedly used by Mao Zedong (毛泽东)  in his To-serve-the-people speech (“为人民服务”) during a memorial ceremony for Zhang Side (张思德) in 1944. Apparently, Zhang, one of Mao’s security guards, died when a charcoal burner collapsed.

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