Some Quotes from Mao's Little Red Book
Chapter 20 --- Building Our Country Through Diligence and Frugality
We must see to it that all of our cadres and all our people constantly bear in
mind that ours is a big socialist country but an economically backward and poor
one, and that this is a very great contradiction. To make China rich and strong
needs several decades of intense effort, which will include, among other
things, the effort to practice strict economy and combat waste, i.e., the policy
of building up our country through diligence and frugality.
A dangerous tendency has shown itself of late among many of our personnel -- an unwillingness to share the joys and hardships of the masses, a concern for personal fame and gain. This is very bad. One way of overcoming it is to simplify our organizations in the course of our campaign to increase production and practice economy, and to transfer cadres to lower levels so that a considerable number will return to productive work.