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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1933
AUTHOR: Mao Zedong (1893–1976)
QUOTATION: The enemy advances, we retreat; the enemy camps, we harass; the enemy tires, we attack; the enemy retreats, we pursue.
ATTRIBUTION: MAO ZEDONG, letter, January 5, 1930.—Selected Military Writings of Mao Tse-Tung, p. 72 (1966).

Mao was quoting from a letter from the Front Committee to the Central Committee, on guerrilla tactics.