"This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Haile Gebrselassie on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Haile Gebrselassie on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Haile Gebrselassie on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Haile Gebrselassie on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Haile Gebrselassie on Thomas Jefferson
"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."