"I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."Haile Gebrselassie on Nelson Mandela
"The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."Haile Gebrselassie on Albert Einstein
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."Haile Gebrselassie on Aristotle
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."Haile Gebrselassie on Maya Angelou
"Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."Haile Gebrselassie on Oscar Wilde
"Age for me is just a number."
"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."