"I will always listen to my coaches. But first I listen to my body. If what they tell me suits my body, great. If my body doesn't feel good with what they say, then always my body comes first."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Haile Gebrselassie on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Haile Gebrselassie on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Haile Gebrselassie on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Haile Gebrselassie on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Haile Gebrselassie on Winston Churchill
"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."