Today I happened across some intriguing quotations from Chairman Mao’s former second in command and close comrade in arms Lin Biao on Wikiquote. Lin Biao was accused of betraying Mao and died in a mysterious plane crash in Öndörkhaan, Mongolia on September 13, 1971.
These quotes may have some relevance today.
On Handling Work Responsibilites
The Three No’s: (1961 – 1964)
Don’t speak out (avoid taking responsibility and avoid getting into a fight with the leader)
Don’t report bad news (so that you won’t be suspected of casting aspersions)三要：要响应、要表
The Three Shoulds: You should be responsive, You should give praise, and you should report good news. (1961 – 64)
Don’t speak the truth, stress fitting in.
Someone who won’t lie will never achieve anything important.
Whoever refuses to lie is doomed to fail. (1961 – 64)
Agree even with bad decisions — that is what is most important. Otherwise you are just a bookworm.
闭目养神 照上面办 面带三分笑（1961—1964）
Close your eyes, build your strength, and obey orders and you will win awards (1961 – 64)
Prevent you opponent from exceeding the set limits or they will destroy unity. (1961 – 1964)
I just can’t stand dealing with foreigners! (In October 1968 Lin Biao was warmly embraced by the visiting Albanian Defense Minister Beqir Balluku. This is what Lin Biao exclaimed when he got home afterwards.)
Source: Wikiquotes at https://zh.wikiquote.org/zh-hans/%E6%9E%97%E5%BD%AA