"Age for me is just a number."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Haile Gebrselassie on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Haile Gebrselassie on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Haile Gebrselassie on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Haile Gebrselassie on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Haile Gebrselassie on Robert Frost
"I'm lucky. The best possible place in the world for training is Addis Ababa, so I am home all the time except when I am racing. I like to be there, near my family, my kids, also the real estate business I run with my wife."
"I find the business world hard."
"You must do as your people do. If my people are poor, I must be poor. People ask me, 'Why don't you find a personal coach or a private car?' I can't. Then I won't be part of my people."
"I have to change a lot of things before I become a good marathon runner."
"I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia."