June 7, 1958
If you were a single drop of water,
would you moisten the field?
If you were a ray of sunlight,
would you illuminate the darkness?
If you were a grain of rice,
would you provide nutrition for a fruitful life?
If you were the smallest screw,
would you always stay in place and fulfill your duty?
When we increase our wisdom,
we blossom a flower for ourselves;
when we dedicate ourselves to the world,
we blossom a flower for the world.
One can be ordinary, can be weak,
but what matters is to take courage to keep hope for the world
and believe in good.
Nowadays, we live in a materialistic society.
Compared with thoughts like "sophisticated egoism",
Lei Feng Spirit, simple and pure, becomes even more precious.
It will become a benchmark in our hearts
and guide us forward.
April 28, 1961
Now, our country is in difficult times.
As the masters of our country,
we should always think of it
and pinch pennies in everything.
We can’t just enjoy the present
and leave our worries for tomorrow.
We must work hard and be self-reliant
to overcome the temporary difficulties we are facing.
Being extravagant in eating and drinking should be firmly opposed
and waste must be avoided resolutely.
In modern life with abundant wealth,
we should not forget
that it is the patches of the old time
that pave the way for the current beautiful landscape of our country;
it is in pairs of broken rubber shoes that we now come to the road to prosperity.
Behind every grain of rice and every article of clothing are the blood, tears and dedication of the revolutionary forefathers represented by Comrade Lei Feng.
Only by not forgetting the way we came can we walk the road under our feet and stick to the road ahead.
October 19, 1961
There is a hardwood with no holes in it,
but how can the nails get in?
It is the pressure that squeezes them in and drives them in.
From this, it seems that the nail has two advantages:
one is the squeezing strength,
and the other is the driving strength.
When it comes to studies,
we should also advocate this "nail" spirit,
to be good at squeezing and driving.
When working in the workshop,
Lei Feng always tried to squeeze a few moments from rest,
reading and studying every night when the kerosene was about to run out.
Through reading these books,
Lei Feng was inspired by Marxism,
perceived Chairman Mao's precise interpretation of socialist theory
and became a loyal supporter of the Party and the people.
"Lei Feng Spirit", is learned, but also "driven" inside.
November 26, 1961
After I studied volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 ofSelected Works of Mao Zedong,
my deepest impression was that I knew how to be a human being and who to live for.
I feel that I live to make life better for others.
I want to follow the example of comrades such as Huang Jiguang, Dong Cunrui and Fang Zhimin,
to be a person who loves the motherland, loves the people, and is always loyal to the Party and the people's cause.
Throughout his life,
Lei Feng always took the greatest pleasure in serving the people and the greatest joy in helping others.
"I want to devote my limited life to infinite service to the people."
His twinkling eyes illuminate the happy lives of the people.
His yellowed notes record not only the story of the sixties,
but also a heart of great love to serve the people.
March 28, 1962
We need to be modest if we want to truly learn something.
For example, if a bowl is already full,
even if there is something more delicious,
such as sea cucumber or shark fin, they can not be added in.
But, if the bowl is empty, it can be filled with many things.
The bowl of knowledge should be like the “treasure bowl” in the myth,
which can never be filled up.
Lei Feng saw himself as a seedling that needed constant nourishment to climb up the ladder.
As he climbed higher, he became more aware of his ignorance,
so he kept seeking knowledge and exploring,
learning diligently from revolutionary forefathers such as Huang Jiguang, Dong Cunrui and Fang Zhimin.
"If you are not modest, you won’t learn a thing or two."
Only by keeping a modest heart can we walk more steadily and farther.
June 30, 1962
Individualism is like a small boat in the sea,
and a simple touch of the wind and waves, will capsize it.
Collectivism is like an atomic icebreaker on the Arctic Ocean,
which can destroy any kind of ice.
I think it's better to ride the waves in an atomic icebreaker than to wobble in a boat.
One man could only advance single-handedly,
while many hands will have the power to move mountains.
Comrade Lei Feng's vision is always oriented to the collective.
He is like a drop of water,
plunging himself into the vast ocean of socialist cause without any hesitation.
He firmly believes that strength comes from solidarity and honour comes from the collective.
One drop of water in the ocean could never dry up,
and the spirit of Lei Feng will live on forever.