Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Haile Selassie
- The Ethiopian government’s use of the railway from Djibouti to Addis Ababa was, in practice, a hazardous regards transport of arms intended for the Ethiopian forces.
- Africa’s mineral wealth is great; we should co-operate in its development.
- 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.
- 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.
- Outside the kingdom of the Lord there is no nation which is greater than any other. God and history will remember your judgment.
- 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.’
- An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, born Tafari Makonnen on July 23, 1892, in Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia, was a prominent Ethiopian leader and the last emperor of Ethiopia. He reigned from 1930 until 1974, serving as a symbol of resistance against colonialism and a champion of African unity.
Selassie’s early life was marked by his education in Ethiopia and abroad, where he acquired knowledge of Western governance systems. After returning to Ethiopia, he held various governmental positions, displaying his commitment to modernize the country and improve the lives of its people. In 1930, he was crowned Emperor, assuming the title of “His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia.”
Throughout his reign, Selassie faced numerous challenges, including Italian occupation during World War II. He became a symbol of resistance against foreign domination and appealed to the League of Nations, delivering a memorable speech condemning the invasion. After Ethiopia’s liberation in 1941, Selassie played a crucial role in Africa’s decolonization movement and actively promoted Pan-Africanism.
Despite his efforts to modernize Ethiopia and implement political and social reforms, Selassie’s rule faced criticism for issues such as income inequality and limited political freedoms. In 1974, a military coup led to his overthrow, ending his reign. He spent his remaining years in exile, passing away on August 27, 1975, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Haile Selassie left a lasting impact on Ethiopia and the African continent as a whole. His leadership, commitment to African unity, and his status as a religious figure in the Rastafarian movement have made him an enduring symbol of inspiration and hope for many.
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