"I meant that the Chinese people are not aware of their own entrapment. They believe they live in a free society, but don't realize how much they are being monitored and controlled, how much the information they receive is restricted and warped, until they step out of line, that is, and feel the heavy hand of the state fall on them."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Ma Jian on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Ma Jian on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Ma Jian on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Ma Jian on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Ma Jian on Mahatma Gandhi
"To become self-aware, people must be allowed to hear a plurality of opinions and then make up their own minds. They must be allowed to say, write and publish whatever they want. Freedom of expression is the most basic, but fundamental, right. Without it, human beings are reduced to automatons."
"When history is erased, people's moral values are also erased."
"My hope is that the Chinese government will come to realise that it is futile to repress free speech, and that contrary to what they believe a regime's strength rests not its suppression of a plurality of opinions and ideas, but in its capacity and willingness to encourage them."