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- Translation: "For all of ignorant people of a nation, even if their body is somehow strong, somehow grand, even then they can only make meaningless displays [of this "strength"]. [As for] the multitude of constituents and observers, however many may die from [this] sickness, this is [still] not to be considered as unfortunate."
- Source: From the preface of his work Na Han (Call to Arms)(1922)
- Note: Lu Xun studied medicine before he became a writer. Once he saw on a film a Chinese being executed by Japanese while many other Chinese were watching this "spectacular event". This made him felt that saving the "souls" of people is more important than saving their bodies.
- Translation: "Soviet Union is under dictatorship of the proletariat, the intelligentsia class is going to be starved to death."...a well known reporter had so warned me. Yes, I am afraid I might lost some sleep. But then, dictatorship of the proletariat(at present), isn't it for the forth coming of the classless society? As long as you do not murder it, naturally it's success will arrive soon, the elimination of classes will arrive soon, then no one will be "starved to death"...But now, the imperialists and their running dogs, still trying to tell us the Soviet Union's shortcomings, as if they really wish that Soviet Union would become heaven overnight, and all of it's people would enjoy life. Now, it turns out to be like that, it (imperialist) is disappointed, and feel uneasy...This is really the tears of the devil.
- Source: 1932年《我們不再受騙了》
- Traslation: Chinese medicine lies, whether purposefully or not.
- Source: From the preface of his work Na Han (Call to Arms) (1922)
- Translation: Verbal abuse and intimidation are not fighting.
- Translation: Save the children...
- Source: From Kuang Ren Ri Ji (Diary of a Madman)
- Translation: A revolution is for the living of people, not the death of them!
- Translation: Chinese tend to love moderation because of their temperament. If you said, for example, the room is so dim that there is an window to be installed here, no one would agree. But if you intended to dismantle the roof, they would come to mediate and therefore would agree to install a window.
- Source: From Wu Sheng de Zhong Guo (Silent China) (1927)
- Lu Xun's quotations on the Wikipedia List of Chinese Quotations
- Lu Xun's quotes in Chinese original, pinyin, and English translation at chinesetolearn.com