There aren’t many people in the world who divided the public in a way that Haile Selassie did. Namely, while he was an idol to some, others thought he was nothing but a mockery of Ethiopian people.
Personally, I think his life was extremely interesting and that his words always carried wisdom. After all, he’s the guy who gave the Rastafarian a cause (and the name!) and helped their narrative along immensely.
Although I don’t agree with Bob Marley that Selassie is the Messiah, I still find solace and inspiration in his words. Here are the best Haile Selassie quotes to inspire you.
25 Best Haile Selassie Quotes
Best Inspirational Haile Selassie Quotes
#1. “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.”
#2. “Knowledge paves the way to Love, and Love, in its turn, fosters understanding and leads one along the path of great common achievements.”
#3. “A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”
#4. “Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.”
#5. “Leadership does not mean domination.”
#6. “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.”
Best Motivational Haile Selassie Quotes
#7. “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”
#8. “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.”
#9. “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 fallout should catastrophe overtake us.”
#10. “That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; That until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained.”
Best Haile Selassie Quotes to Encourage You
#11. “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.’”
#12. “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.”
#13. “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.”
#14. “Let us set our goals too high; let us demand more of ourselves than we believe we possess.”
#15. “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.”
#16. “The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man’s basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act — and if necessary, to suffer and die — for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied.”
Best Provocative Haile Selassie Quotes
#17. “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.”
#18. “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.”
#19. “Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love, and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight, and focused attention.”
#20. “Peace demands efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse?”
#21. “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 their security and their property interests.”
#22. “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.”
#23. “Observe that anyone who dies for his country is a fortunate man, but death takes what it wants, indiscriminately, in peace-time as well as in war. It is better to die with freedom than without it.”
#24. “It is much easier to show compassion to animals.”
#25. “Do not worship me. I am not God. I’m only a man. I worship Jesus Christ.”
The man who spent six years in exile had quite a lot to say to his people once he returned. Although far from a perfect leader, Haile Selassie’s words still carry a lot of weight. His lack of empathy toward the end of his reign left the country of Ethiopia in shambles, but he was a visionary when he first came into power.
What’s more, he did his best to provide for his people. More than anything, his speeches and monologues still resonate with Ethiopians and people worldwide.
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