Haile Salassie Quotes: 65 Brutally Honest Quotes from Haile Salassie

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Haile Salassie Quotes

Haile Selassie quotes

Haile Salassie whose original name was Tafari Makonnen was born on July 23rd 1892 near Harer in Ethiopia. He died on August 27th 1975. Haile Salassie was Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and Rose to become Regent Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia. He was a great figure in Modern Ethiopia history. He was known also as a very important personality in the Rastafarian movement which has its root in Jamaica. You can glean the complete history of Haile Salassie in Wikipedia


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65 Haile Salassie Quotes


  1. “True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.” -Haile Selassie.
  2. “When African righteous people come together, the world’s will come together.” – Haile Salassie
  3. “Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming” –Haile Salassie
  4. “A people without a nation they can really call their own is a people without a soul.” –Haile Selassie.
  5. “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” –Haile Salassie quotes
  6. “Above all, we must avoid the pitfalls of tribalism. If we are divided among ourselves on tribal lines, we open our doors to foreign intervention and its potentially harmful consequences” –Haile Salassie
  7. “If you are open-minded and ready to learn, there are many things which you can learn not only from books and instructors but form the very life experience itself” –Haile Salassie
  8. “A man who says “I have learned enough and will learn no further” should be considered as knowing nothing at all” –Haile Salassie
  9. “Education develops the intellect, and the intellect distinguishes man from other creatures. It is education that enables man to harness nature and utilize her resources for the well-being and improvement of his life” –Haile Salassie quotes
  10. “The true leader is a different sort; he seeks effective activity which has a truly beneficent purpose.” – Haile Selassie
  11. “We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing to our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community” –Haile Salassie
  12. “Rich and poor have always existed and always will. Why? Because there are those that work and those that don’t, those wish to earn their living and those that prefer to do nothing. Those that work, are not poor.” – Halie Selassie
  13. “Yes, We too are aware distributing alms serves no useful purpose. Because there is only one means to solve the poverty problem: work.” – Halie Selassie
  14. “Young people will be young people. You can’t change the uncouth manners of the young. “ – Halie Selassie
  15. “There is never anything new under the sun. Examine the past: You’ll see that the disobedience of the young has occurred all through history. The young don’t know what they want. They can‘t know it because they lack experience, they lack wisdom.” – Halie Selassie
  16. “I was a very serious, very diligent youth. I was sometimes punished, but do you know why? Because what I was made to study did not seem enough and I wished to study further. I wanted to stay on at school after lessons were over. I were loath to amuse myself, to go riding, to play. I didn’t want to waste time on games.” – Halie Selassie
  17. “Even at the hardest, most painful moments, We have never regretted or cursed our fate. Never. And why should we have?” – Haile Selassie
  18. “If you are open minded and ready to learn, there are many things which you can learn not from books and instructors but from the very life experience”– Haile Salassie
  19. “Our youths must be steadfast and take advantage of the benefits of modern civilization. Do not fall prey to idleness, for it shall be a curse to you and to succeeding generations. You must set yourselves as examples of determination and hard work. Plan your time and use both your physical and mental powers purposefully” –Haile Salassie
  20. “Anyone who may profit himself alone from the knowledge he has gained from learning is betraying knowledge and rendering it worthless” –Haile Salassie
  21. “Democracy, Republic: What do these words signify? What have they changed in the world? Have men become better, more loyal, kinder? Are the people happier? All goes on as before, as always. Illusiions illusions” –Haile Salassie
  22. “History teaches us that unity is strength and cautions us to submerged and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive with all our combined strength, for the path of true African brotherhood and unity” –Haile Salassie
  23. “The commentators of 1963 speaks in discussing Africa, of the Monrovia States, the Brazzaville group, the Casablanca powers, of these and many more. Let us put an end to these terms. What we require is a single African organization, through which Africa’s single voice may be heard within which Africa’s problems may be studied and resolved” – Haile Salassie
  24. “Man cannot live by bread alone. Man after all is composed of intellect and soul” – Haile Salassie
  25. “In the mystic traditions of the different religions we have a remarkable unity of spirit. Whatever religion they may profess, they are spiritual kinsmen. While the different religions in historic forms bind us to limited groups and militate against the development of loyalty to the world community, the mystics have already stood for the followership of humanity in harmony with the spirit of mystics of ages gone by?”– Haile Salassie
  26. “It is important that spiritual advancement must keep pace with material advancement”– Haile Salassie
  27. “Imagination, devotion, perseverance, together with divine grace, will assure your success”– Haile Salassie
  28. “A well organized education should not be one which prepares students for a good remuneration alone. It should be one that can help and guide them towards acquiring clear thinking, a fruitful mind and elevated spirit” – Haile Salassie
  29. “Place principle above all else” – Haile Salassie
  30. “Feel the need of others more than your own” – Haile Salassie
  31. “There is always something moving, brewing. There are ambitious people everywhere, wicked people. The only thing to do is to deal with them with courage and decision. One must beware of uncertainty, weakness or conflicting emotions– they lead to defeat” – Haile Salassie
  32. “Every laborer is a father, his labor is his child. Choose your project carefully and achieve it worthily”– Haile Salassie
  33. “We must act to shape and mold the future and leave our imprint on events as they slip past into history” – Haile Salassie
  34. “Unity should be the cornerstone of relations” – Haile Salassie
  35. “We have decided to bring to an end the the most unequal, most unjust, most barbarous war of age and have chosen the road to exile in other that our people will not be exterminated and in other to consecrate ourselves wholly and in peace to the preservation of our empire’s Independence”–Haile Selassie
  36. “Misguided people sometimes create misguided Ideas, some of my ancestors were Oromo. How can I colonize myself”–Haile Selassie
  37. “In my deepest darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you’. What I have discovered is that intimate connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support. My help is just a prayer away”–Haile Selassie
  38. “The temple of the most high begins with the human body, which houses our life, essence of our existence”–Haile Salassie
  39. “Observe that anyone who dies for his country is a fortunate man, but death takes what its wants, indescriminately, in peace time as well as war”– Haile Salassie
  40. “It is better to die with freedom than without it”– Haile Salassie
  41. “As is commonly said, to start anything is simple; to do it and bring it to a successful culmination takes great effort”– Haile Salassie
  42. “A well organized education should not be one which prepares students for a good remuneration alone. It should be one that can help and guide them towards acquiring clear thinking, a fruitful mind, and an elevated spirit.” ~ Haile Selassie
  43. “A house built on granite and strong foundations, not even the onslaught of pouring rain, gushing torrents and strong winds will be able to pull down. Some people have written the story of my life representing as truth what in fact derives from ignorance, error or envy; but they cannot shake the truth from its place, even if they attempt to make others believe it.” – Haile Selassie quotes
  44. “One cannot deny that in former times man’s life had been one of toil and hardship. It is correct to say, therefore that modern civilization and the progress of science have greatly improved man’s life and have brought comfort and ease in their trail
  45. “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it” – Haile Salassie
  46. “Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the Bible says love your enemy” – Haile Salassie
  47. “Many discouraging hours will arise before the rainbow of accomplished goals will appear on the horizon”– Haile Salassie
  48. “Let us set our goals too high; let us demand more of ourselves than we believe we possess” – Haile Salassie
  49. “Knowledge is power. If it is not applied properly to create, let their be no doubts, it will destroy”– Haile Salassie
  50. “We should accept diversity in culture and tradition and co-exist peacefully”– Haile Salassie
  51. “The fruits of one’s sweat and mental labor are always rewarding” – Haile Salassie
  52. “It is us today. It will be you tomorrow”– Haile Salassie
  53. “Leadership does not mean domination. The word is always well supplied with people who wish to rule and dominate others”– Haile Salassie
  54. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love” – Haile Salassie
  55. “Imagination, devotion, perseverance, together with divine grace, will assure your success”– Haile Salassie
  56. “As man’s faculty attains higher level of development and sophistication, so do his wants in life”–Haile Selassie
  57. Mahatma Gandhi will always be remembered as long as free men and those who love freedom and justice live”– Haile Salassie
  58. “You must always remember that to lead, one must first learn to follow” – Haile Salassie
  59. “The Charter of the United Nation expresses the noblest aspirations of man; abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedom for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security” – Haile Salassie
  60. “We have finished the job what shall we do with the tools”– Haile Salassie
  61. “Provision must be made for the extension of speedy and effective assistance when any African State is threatened with military aggression. We cannot rely solely on international morality” –Haile Salassie
  62. “Africa mineral wealth is great; we should co-operate in its development” – Haile Salassie quotes
  63. “This world was not created piecemeal. Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe. Africans, no more and no less than other men possess all human attributes, talents, deficiencies, virtues and faults”– Haile Salassie
  64. “I have lived too long to cherish many illusions about the essential high mindedness of men when brought into stark confrontation with the issue of control over security and their property interest” – Haile Salassie
  65. “The true leader is a different sort; he seeks effective activity which has a truly beneficient purpose. He inspires others to follow in his wake, and holding aloft the torch of wisdom, leads the way for society to realize its genuinely great aspirations”– Haile Salassie

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