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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1451
AUTHOR: Mao Zedong (1893–1976)
QUOTATION: Every Communist must grasp the truth: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
ATTRIBUTION: MAO ZEDONG, concluding speech at the sixth plenary session of the Central Committee, Communist party, China, November 6, 1938.—Mao, Selected Works, vol. 2, p. 272 (1954).