"I wanted to be famous. I wanted people to talk about me."
"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."Haile Gebrselassie on Andy Warhol
"I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."Haile Gebrselassie on Walt Disney
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous."Haile Gebrselassie on Voltaire
"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free."Haile Gebrselassie on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable."Haile Gebrselassie on Ambrose Bierce
"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."