Talk:Ho Chi Minh

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A note or my own edification: The categorization under "Ho" is correct, as Ho is his surname.

isn't his name spelled Ho Chi Minh?

I believe so. Moved. Stancollins 20:13, 16 August 2005 (UTC)

"I for one would rather sniff French shit for five years than eat Chinese shit for the rest of my life."

I've never heard such a stupid thing like that from Ho Chi Minh. I'm a VIETNAMESE, and I know what our leader said. He didn't say that, in Vietnamese or other languages.

This quote MUST be removed from this article.

Is this guy serious?!?. This is, in fact, a very well known quote, expressive of Vietnamese concerns about Chinese intentions and the nationalistic elements of the NLF. Personally, I can't imagine why he/she is offended, except perhaps the shock of discovering a scatological bent in Uncle Ho's vernacular. "I'm Vietnamese, and I know what our leader said." Take it up with the Politburo, comrade. For the quote, see Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History (New York: Viking Press, 1983)p. 153. 12:14, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

The version I heard went like "It's better to eat the French dung for 100 years than the Chinese dung for 1000 years. 23:00, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

"It is not the American people who are bombing us..."[edit]

Attributed quote (in bold):

Our guide tells us that while the Americans were bombing Hanoi, children were reading the words of Ho Chi Minh in bomb shelters: "It is not the American people who are bombing us, it is the American Imperialists. We must learn to love the Americans because they will return after the war."

However, I didn't put it in the article, as I couldn't find another source besides this quote from somebody quoting a tourist guide. Does anyone know if he said something like this? Is there a source? --Singkong2005 04:52, 22 July 2006 (UTC)


  • "Nothing is more valuable than independence and freedom."
  • "Those who wish to seize Vietnam, must kill us to the last man, woman, and child"
  • "I follow only one party: the Vietnamese party."
  • "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.
  • "It is better to sacrifice everything than to live in slavery!"
  • "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."
  • "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!"
  • "When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out."
  • "It was patriotism, not communism, that inspired me."
  • "Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability."
  • "My only desire is that all of our Party and people, closely united in struggle, construct a peaceful, unified, independent, democratic and prosperous, and make a valiant contribution to the world Revolution." (Hanoi, 10 May 1969.)
  • "I can scarcely believe the Americans would be so stupid."
    • Reported reaction to the overthrow and assassination of Ngo Dienh Diem.
  • "Vietnam has faced many conquerors over the centuries. The Mongols, the French, the Japanese, the Americans. They come and go. Unfortunately for us, the Chinese will always be there."