Whenever you want to see me, always look at the sunset; I will be there.

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.

It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

You can make a lot of speeches, but the real thing is when you dig a hole, plant a tree, give it water, and make it survive. That's what makes the difference

You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.

When we plant trees, we plant the seeds of peace and seeds of hope.

Many people do not know that Jesus did not speak Latin or English or Hebrew;

he spoke Aramaic. But nobody knows that language. So we're talking about the Bible itself being a translation of a translation of a translation. And, in reality, it has affected people's lives in history.

 image quote by Wangari Maathai

Its the little things citizens do. Thats what will make the difference.

Every person who has ever achieved anything has been knocked down many times.

But all of them picked themselves up and kept going, and that is what I have always tried to do.

African women in general need to know that it's OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.

We cannot tire or give up. We owe it to the present and future generations of all species to rise up and walk!

I was wondering why I was put in prison for working in an African language when I had not been put in prison for working in English. So really, in prison I started thinking more seriously about the relation between language and power.

The problem is that during the 1980s, a decade of heavy poaching, the elephants retreated to safer areas. And now people have moved into the corridors once used by the elephants.

If poverty was to be sold three cents today, i can't buy it.

Christianity and Western civilization-what countless crimes have been committed in thy name!

The constitution is the ultimate custodian of social will and its making should be accorded all due diligence.

We’re constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. [But] we should always feel like a hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don’t want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I’ll be a hummingbird, I’ll do the best I can.

There are opportunities even in the most difficult moments.

Life, struggle, even amidst pain and blood and poverty, seemed beautiful.

Sometimes when you get disappointment it makes you stronger.

Ask yourself: 'Can I give more?'. The answer is usually: 'Yes'.

When I first started, it was really an innocent response to the needs of women in rural areas. When we started planting trees to meet their needs, there was nothing beyond that. I did not see all the issues that I have to come to deal with.

I realized I could run after finding out that my dad used to run and it gave me the morale that if he did it then maybe I could also run.

Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia, anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance.

It's something special to break the world record at the Olympics.

It is better, I think, to begin easily and get your running to be smooth and relaxed and then to go faster and faster.

I'm more trying to connect; I'm more listening to people. Whatever I get is very meaningful to me.

Sometimes we become bound by other people's thoughts because we are not sure about ourselves.

Let us reject violence and selfishness which could destroy our country's unity.

Learn to run when feeling the pain, then push harder.

We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own - indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. This will happen if we see the need to revive our sense of belonging to a larger family of life, with which we have shared our evolutionary process.

All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet. It must be this voice that is telling me to do something, and I am sure it's the same voice that is speaking to everybody on this planet - at least everybody who seems to be concerned about the fate of the world, the fate of this planet.

Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.

In terms of language, English is very dominant vis-Ã-vis African language.

That in itself is a power relationship - between languages and communities - because the English language is a determinant of the ladder to achievement.

I am ready to have dialogue with the concerned parties once the nation is calm and the political temperatures are lowered enough for constructive and productive engagement.

May hard work, and justice, always cement our bonds of unity that we may get our country back to production.

The most important part of vehicle maintenance is clean windows, so if you are broken down you will enjoy the beauty of the view.

Acceptance of race mixture was more developed in Arab culture than in Jewish culture.

Once one has been to these challenging terrible places they’re always strangely drawn back… because there’s nothing that can compare to seeing the raw reality of the basic human need for survival. It disgusts and inspires

We think of politics in terms of power and who has the power.

Politics is the end to which that power is put.

I am deeply disturbed by the senseless violence instigated by some leaders in pursuit of their personal political agenda.

I'm not a policy maker. I'm not even a very great activist. My main thing is to make things that speak for the culture that I live in.

Another phenomenon developing in Kenya is ethnic cleansing - and that's the thing that has made me very sad. Because some people will use the cover of the problems of rigged elections to do things that are unacceptable like ethnic cleansing and displacement of people. It's completely unacceptable.

Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, and experiences and even power must be role models for the next generation of leadership.

The era of 'anything goes' is gone for ever.

It is important to nurture any new ideas and initiatives which can make a difference for Africa.

Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree.

But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.

There is no room for communists in Kenya.

I hope my kids see imagination has power to change everything.

Humans become human through intense learning not just of survival skills but of customs and social mores, kinship and social laws-that is, culture.

Natural selection operates according to immediate cirumstances and not toward a long-term goal. Homo sapiens did eventually evolve as a descendant of the first humans, but there was nothing inevitable about it.

I'd rather see the world as a rainbow than endless shade of gray.