Top 10 Haile Selassie Quotes

Haile Selassie I(July 23, 1892 – August 27, 1975) was the last Emperor of Ethiopia, best known for his efforts to unify Africa. 

Here are Haile Selassie’s top ten greatest quotes:


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.

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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. 

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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.

white castle in middle of mountain


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

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

silhouette of man standing on mountain peak


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

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

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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.

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

man standing on top of mountain


Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

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Thank you Haile Selassie!

Interesting Haile Selassie Facts:

  • Bob Marley’s lyrics in his song, War, is an english version of Selassie’s UN speech made in 1963.
  • He is believed by Rastafarians to be messiah.
  • He was exiled during WWII.
  • He established the Organization of African Unity.
  • He was believed to be the direct descendent of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba.

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