"I have to change a lot of things before I become a good marathon runner."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."Haile Gebrselassie on Maya Angelou
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."Haile Gebrselassie on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."Haile Gebrselassie on Reinhold Niebuhr
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."Haile Gebrselassie on Barack Obama
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."Haile Gebrselassie on Mahatma Gandhi
"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 feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia."