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Haile Selassie Quote: “There is no power or authority without responsibility, and he who accepts the one cannot escape or evade the other.”

There is no power or authority without responsibility, and he who accepts the one cannot escape or evade the other.

— Haile Selassie



Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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 Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “You must always remember that to lead, one must first learn to follow...”

You must always remember that to lead, one must first learn to follow...

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “It is important that spiritual advancement must keep pace with material advancement...”

It is important that spiritual advancement must keep pace with material advancement...

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “We should accept diversity in culture and tradition and coexist peacefully...”

We should accept diversity in culture and tradition and coexist peacefully...

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Knowledge is power. If it is not applied properly to create, let there be no doubts, it will destroy.”

Knowledge is power. If it is not applied properly to create, let there be no doubts, it will destroy.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Imagination, devotion, perseverance, together with divine grace, will assure your success.”

Imagination, devotion, perseverance, together with divine grace, will assure your success.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Do not worship me, I am not God. I’m only a man. I worship Jesus Christ.”

Do not worship me, I am not God. I’m only a man. I worship Jesus Christ.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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



Haile Selassie Quote: “Leadership does not mean domination. The world is always well supplied with people who wish to rule and dominate others.”

Leadership does not mean domination. The world is always well supplied with people who wish to rule and dominate others.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Man cannot live by bread alone. Man after all is composed of intellect and soul.”

Man cannot live by bread alone. Man after all is composed of intellect and soul.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “If you are open-minded and ready to learn, there are many things which you can learn not only from books and instructores but form the very life experience itself.”

If you are open-minded and ready to learn, there are many things which you can learn not only from books and instructores but form the very life experience itself.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Place principle above all else.”

Place principle above all else.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “The fruits of one’s sweat and mental labour are always rewarding.”

The fruits of one’s sweat and mental labour are always rewarding.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Knowledge paves the way to Love, and Love in its turn fosters understanding, and leads one along the path of great common achievements.”

Knowledge paves the way to Love, and Love in its turn fosters understanding, and leads one along the path of great common achievements.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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 Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Feel the needs of others more than your own.”

Feel the needs of others more than your own.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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. Illusions, illusions.”

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. Illusions, illusions.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Leadership does not mean domination.”

Leadership does not mean domination.

— Haile Selassie



Haile Selassie Quote: “There is no safer anchorage for our learning, our lives, and our public actions than that provided by Divine teachings...”

There is no safer anchorage for our learning, our lives, and our public actions than that provided by Divine teachings...

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Many discouraging hours will arise before the rainbow of accomplished goals will appear on the horizon.”

Many discouraging hours will arise before the rainbow of accomplished goals will appear on the horizon.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity.”

History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.”

It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “It is both the duty and responsibility of the world’s fortunate few to help fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the unfortunate many.”

It is both the duty and responsibility of the world’s fortunate few to help fulfil the legitimate aspirations of the unfortunate many.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.”

We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “We must make progress slowly so as to preserve the progress we have already made.”

We must make progress slowly so as to preserve the progress we have already made.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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 Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “We must act to shape and mold the future, and leave our imprint on events as they slip past into history.”

We must act to shape and mold the future, and leave our imprint on events as they slip past into history.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Any who may wish to profit himself alone from the knowledge given him, rather than serve others through the knowledge he has gained from learning, is betraying knowledge and rendering it worthless.”

Any who may wish to profit himself alone from the knowledge given him, rather than serve others through the knowledge he has gained from learning, is betraying knowledge and rendering it worthless.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “A man who says “I have learned enough and will learn no further” should be considered as knowing nothing at all.”

A man who says “I have learned enough and will learn no further” should be considered as knowing nothing at all.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Outside the kingdom of the Lord there is no nation which is greater than any other. God and history will remember your judgment.”

Outside the kingdom of the Lord there is no nation which is greater than any other. God and history will remember your judgment.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Every labourer is a father, his labour is his child. Choose your project carefully and achieve it worthily.”

Every labourer is a father, his labour is his child. Choose your project carefully and achieve it worthily.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “No one should question the faith of others, for no human being can judge the ways of God.”

No one should question the faith of others, for no human being can judge the ways of God.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “We have finished the job, what shall we do with the tools?”

We have finished the job, what shall we do with the tools?

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “If a strong government finds that it can, with impunity, destroy a weak people, then the hour has struck for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom. God and history will remember your judgment.”

If a strong government finds that it can, with impunity, destroy a weak people, then the hour has struck for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom. God and history will remember your judgment.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Peace demands the united efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse?”

Peace demands the united efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse?

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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 our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”

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 our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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 Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Let us set our goals too high; let us demand more of ourselves than we believe we possess.”

Let us set our goals too high; let us demand more of ourselves than we believe we possess.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.’”

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 Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.”

An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “There is nothing as precious to man as a sound mind in a sound body and it is essential that the physical well being of our people merits as much attention as its spiritual welfare.”

There is nothing as precious to man as a sound mind in a sound body and it is essential that the physical well being of our people merits as much attention as its spiritual welfare.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “It is not only war that can stop war but men of goodwill, conscious of their mission can deal with such deadly enemy...”

It is not only war that can stop war but men of goodwill, conscious of their mission can deal with such deadly enemy...

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Thousands of years ago, civilizations flourished in Africa which suffer not at all by comparison with those of other continents. In those centuries, Africans were politically free and economically independent. Their social patterns were their own and their cultures truly indigenous.”

Thousands of years ago, civilizations flourished in Africa which suffer not at all by comparison with those of other continents. In those centuries, Africans were politically free and economically independent. Their social patterns were their own and their cultures truly indigenous.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Everyone, in all walks of life, regardless of his professional occupation should feel concerned and play an active role to solve such problems which affect mankind...”

Everyone, in all walks of life, regardless of his professional occupation should feel concerned and play an active role to solve such problems which affect mankind...

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Spiritual power is the eternal guide, in this life and the life after, for man ranks supreme among all creatures. Led forward by spiritual power, man can reach the summit destined for him by the Great Creator.”

Spiritual power is the eternal guide, in this life and the life after, for man ranks supreme among all creatures. Led forward by spiritual power, man can reach the summit destined for him by the Great Creator.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “Mahatma Gandhi will always be remembered as long as free men and those who love freedom and justice live.”

Mahatma Gandhi will always be remembered as long as free men and those who love freedom and justice live.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “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.”

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.

— Haile Selassie


Haile Selassie Quote: “As man’s faculty attains higher level of development and sophistication, so do his wants in life.”

As man’s faculty attains higher level of development and sophistication, so do his wants in life.

— Haile Selassie

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