quote by Nelson Mandela

Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.

— Nelson Mandela

Staggering Ethiopia quotations

Next door to Ethiopia spreading out along the strategic Red Sea coastline is Eritrea, a relatively new country, and a place that few Americans seem to fully understand.

I wanted the world to know that my country Ethiopia has always won with determination and heroism.

Black men of Carthage, Ethiopia, of Timbuktu and Alexandria gave the likes of civilization to this world

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

Freedom is partial to no race. Freedom has no religion. Freedom favors no ethnicity. Freedom discriminates not between rich and poor countries. Inevitably freedom will overwhelm Ethiopia.

If we look at Somalia, Ethiopia and Lybia, to how they're reduced now, and to how they were before, with Italy, I think that this page of history will be rewritten and there will be a positive evaluation of the role of Italy

There were no ugly people in Ethiopia

Wake up Ethiopia! Wake up Africa! Let us work towards the one glorious end of a free, redeemed and mighty nation. Let Africa be a bright star among the constellation of nations.

I don't think I knew how going to Ethiopia would affect my life, through a very simple choice of buying fair-trade coffee, we can take part in change.

Famines occur under a colonial administration, like the British Raj in India or for that matter in Ireland, or under military dictators in one country after another, like Somalia and Ethiopia, or in one-party states like the Soviet Union and China.

I'll be the first US president to not only visit Kenya and Ethiopia, but also to address the continent as a whole, building off the African summit that we did here which was historic and has, I think, deepened the kinds of already strong relationships that we have across the continent.

When I visited coffee farms in Ethiopia, the farmers could not believe we spend a week's wages in their country on a cup of coffee in ours, because they see so little of the profits. Oxfam's fair trade campaign helps right this wrong.

There is not one soul on this planet, whether it is a person living in Ethiopia, or in Florida, or in Canada, whose life is not as complex and as rich as your own.

Of all the exotic aromas and experiences from my sojourn in Ethiopia, it’s the frankincense I miss most.

You know the marathon in my country is just exceptional.

It's like soccer in England. If England win the world cup and Ethiopia win the marathon - it's the same.

Many people know that Ethiopia is poor.

When I break a world record, maybe people get to know something else about Ethiopia, something good. We can't make planes or cars, we don't have the materials. We do what we can.

I hope that the day will come when the system will change and all of the people in Ethiopia will have equal rights and I look forward to a day like that where I too can go home and be part of the Ethiopian story.

I've been to Africa many times in the past 20 years, but I can't believe this is the first time since the very first Red Nose Day, that I've been back to Ethiopia. The last time I was here was just after the famine and it was crazy, there were people all over the place, kids without families, aid workers, camera crews.

The shadow of a mighty Negro past flits through the tale of Ethiopia the shadowy and of the Egypt the Sphinx. Throughout history, the powers of single blacks flash here and there like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness.

The Duce will have Ethiopia, with or without the Ethiopians.

Ethiopia didn't just blow my mind; it opened my mind. Anyway, on our last day at this orphanage a man handed me his baby and said, 'Would you take my son with you?' He knew, in Ireland, that his son would live, and that in Ethiopia, his son would die.

I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia.

There are still hungry people in Ethiopia, but they are hungry because they have no money, no longer because there is no food to buy... we strongly resent the abuse of our poverty to sway the interests of the European public.

When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers.

Even if I wanted to run for Ethiopia, I wouldn't expect the government or federation to choose me to do that.

Ethiopia did not have the same problem [of corruption]. African leaders looked at us with envy.

One tragic example of the loss of forests and then water is found in Ethiopia.

The amount of its forested land has decreased from 40 to 1 percent in the last four decades. Concurrently, the amount of rainfall has declined to the point where the country is rapidly becoming a wasteland.

The people of Ethiopia are saying they've had enough of the killings and are tired of being exiled, imprisoned, beaten and we are done. We have had enough. We want peace now.

From 1971 to 1993 my family lived in a number of African countries, including Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria, as well as Uganda itself.

While the saving message spread day by day, some providence brought from Ethiopia an officer of the queen, for that nation is still traditionally ruled by a woman.

I used to live in Ethiopia as a child, and I lived there when Haile Selassie was the emperor.

What I want people to know about Ethiopia is that it is a country of nations and nationalities. Oromos are the majority. But Oromos have been so good to Ethiopia but have been marginalized for years.

In Ethiopia, the problem is that you don't know who's who.

You don't know who to trust. You don't have any freedom.

There were times when I was frustrated, and cried and felt helpless, but the reality in Ethiopia is that you don't have much of an option. You either keep quiet or you get added to the list of people being jailed or killed.