Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve.

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

If I have nothing to sacrifice, I have nothing to gain.

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.

And so I'm saying that, yes, colonialism was terrible, and I describe it as a legacy of wars, but we ought to be moving away from that by now.

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

 image quote by Wangari Maathai

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

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

Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.

It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.

Some say that AIDS came from the monkeys, and I doubt that because we have been living with monkeys from time immemorial, others say it was a curse from God, but I say it cannot be that.

I am working to make sure we don't only protect the environment, we also improve governance.

Whenever I'm being invited to the New York City Marathon like today, I need to think twice because I know it's a very tough race.

Maybe during the last sprint, sometimes you can lose, sometimes you can gain.

Kip Keino, Moses Tanui, Paul Tergat, they all come from my tribe.

Some say it is the food we eat that makes us strong, the way we live. In the history of our people we wear no clothes and we are used to drinking the blood of animals.

My cousin Simon Bor, the champion of Los Angeles, convinced me to concentrate on running.

It was a very hard life. As I got older, the family was depending very much on me. My two older brothers got married, so they had their own families depending on them. I had seven people relying on me, so I worked in a grocery store.

It is very good to be Olympic champion, but that is not the strongest field.

You cannot blame the mismanagement of the economy or the fact that we have not invested adequately in education in order to give our people the knowledge, the skills and the technology that they need in order to be able to use the resources that Africa has to gain wealth.

When you think of all the conflicts we have - whether those conflicts are local, whether they are regional or global - these conflicts are often over the management, the distribution of resources. If these resources are very valuable, if these resources are scarce, if these resources are degraded, there is going to be competition.

That's the way I do things when I want to celebrate, I always plant a tree.

And so I got an indigenous tree, called Nandi flame, it has this beautiful red flowers. When it is in flower it is like it is in flame.

I know there is pain when sawmills close and people lose jobs, but we have to make a choice. We need water and we need these forests.

We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.

It would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture.

It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed.

It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men.

But when you have bad governance, of course, these resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship.

For me, one of the major reasons to move beyond just the planting of trees was that I have tendency to look at the causes of a problem. We often preoccupy ourselves with the symptoms, whereas if we went to the root cause of the problems, we would be able to overcome the problems once and for all.

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.

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