Who Said It? Pope Francis or Mao Zedong?

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How well do you know your charismatic leader? We took Buzzfeed’s popular ‘Who Said It’ quizzes (Spongebob or Nietzsche? Jaden Smith or Sartre?) and decided to make it relevant to the Philippines. Here are 16 quotes mentioned by two of the most influential figures in the Philippines.

So, who said it? (All of the quotes first, then the answers after)

1. “Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”


2. “Our point of departure is to serve the poor whole-heartedly… to proceed in all cases from the interests of the people and not from one’s self-interest or from the interests of a small group”


3 “And I want to encourage you… to offer yourselves passionately and honestly to the great work of renewing your society and helping to build a better world.”


4. “”While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control.”


5 “Only by becoming poor ourselves, by stripping away our complacency, will we be able to identify with the least of our brothers and sisters. We will see things in a new light and thus respond with honesty and integrity to the challenge of proclaiming the radicalism… in a society which has grown comfortable with social exclusion, polarization and scandalous inequality.”


6 “We must all learn the spirit of absolute selflessness… With this spirit everyone can be very useful to the poor. A man’s ability may be great or small, but if he has this spirit, he is already nobleminded and pure, a man of moral integrity and above vulgar interests, a man who is of value to the people.”


7 “We should go to the poor and learn from them, synthesize their experience… and call upon them to put these principles and methods into practice so as to solve their problems and help them achieve liberation and happiness.”


8 “Do you let yourselves be enlightened by those you serve? This is what helps you mature in your commitment to give to others. Learn how to open your hand from your very own poverty.”


9 “The poor are the real heroes, while we ourselves are often childish and ignorant, and without this understanding, it is impossible to acquire even the most rudimentary knowledge.”


10 “Essential to the attainment of these national goals is the moral imperative of ensuring social justice and respect for human dignity. The tradition enjoins on all peoples the duty to hear the voice of the poor. It bids us break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and indeed scandalous, social inequalities. “


11 “All men must die, but death can vary in its significance… We have the interests of the people and the sufferings of the great majority at heart, and when we die for the people it is a worthy death. Nevertheless, we should do our best to avoid unnecessary sacrifices.”


12 “Create…  networks of solidarity which can expand to embrace and transform society “


13 “There’s only a very small representation of girls among you. Too little. Women have much to tell us in today’s society… we don’t allow enough space to women. But women can see things from a different angle to us, with a different eye.”


14 “Women hold up half the sky”


15 “Whoever wants to know a thing has no way of doing so except by coming into contact with it, that is, by living (practicing) in its environment. … If you want knowledge, you must take part in the practice of changing reality. If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself”


16 “To think. To feel. To do. And all in harmony”

(Answers after the picture. No peeking!)



1. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

2. Mao Zedong, On Coalition Government

3. Pope Francis, Speech at the UST Youth Encounter

4. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

5. Pope Francis, Manila Cathedral

6. Mao Zedong, In Memory of Norman Bethune

7. Mao Zedong, Get Organized

8. Pope Francis, UST

9. Mao Zedong, Preface and Postscript to Rural Surveys

10. Pope Francis, Speech to Malacanang

11. Mao Zedong, Serve the People

12. Pope Francis, Homily at the Manila Cathedral

13. Pope Francis, UST

14. Mao

15. Mao, On Practice

16. Pope Francis, UST

How many did you get right? Tell us on the Comments section below.

(Disclaimer: A few words were changed to disguise the original speaker’s writing/speaking style without changing the meaning of the quotation)


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