Sun Yat-sen

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In the construction of a country, it is not the practical workers but the idealists and planners that are difficult to find.

Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙, November 12, 1866March 12, 1925) was a Chinese revolutionary leader and statesman who is considered by many to be the "Father of Modern China". He was known as several names including 孫中山 and 孫文. He had a significant influence in the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty and establishment of the original Republic of China.

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  • It is only after mature deliberation and thorough preparation that I have decided upon the Program of Revolution and defined the procedure of the revolution in three stages. The first is the period of military government; the second, the period of political tutelage; and the third, the period of constitutional government.
    • The Three Phases of National Reconstruction (1918)
  • The Chinese people have only family and clan solidarity; they do not have national spirit...they are just a heap of loose sand...Other men are the carving knife and serving dish; we are the fish and the meat.
    • China as a Heap of Loose Sand (1924)
  • China is now suffering from poverty, not from unequal distribution of wealth. Where there are inequalities of wealth, the methods of Marx can, of course, be used; a class war can be advocated to destroy the inequalities. But in China, where industry is not yet developed, Marx's class war and dictatorship of the proletariat are impracticable.
    • Capital and the State (1924)
  • In the construction of a country, it is not the practical workers but the idealists and planners that are difficult to find.
    • Chung-shan Ch'üan-shu (Zhongshan Quanshu), vol. II (1936)
  • Only powerful people have liberty.
    • Quoted in "The Economist", 8th October 2011, p.67

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