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QUOTABLE QUOTES ON
HIS IMPERIAL MAJESTY
 
EMPEROR HAILE SELASSIE I THE FIRST

Compiled by: Bro. Paliani. 

  1. “We are deeply conscious of the signal honour you have bestowed upon us by your presence here in this oldest municipality in Central Africa. Your Majesty’s continued devotion to public duty is a source of profound admiration and inspiration not only to the people of this municipality, but to all the peoples of Malawi.” (Mr. Allan, B.T-Limbe Town Clerk, 3rd Aug. 1965).
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  2. “This is a great and historic occasion which will be remembered with joy and pride by us and the generations to come because today, we are welcoming a great son of Africa, a greatest soldier in the cause of human liberty… Today The Negus Negaste is the symbol of African Unity…It is said that Ethiopia has a recorded history of almost 3000years.We believe that when the history of another 3000 years comes to be written, the era of Haile Selassie 1 will be written, rightly written in letters of gold. And men will say that when Rastafari Makonnen Haile Selassie 1 served Ethiopia, he served Africa.” (Sattar Sacranie, BT-Limbe Mayor, 3rd Aug. 1965).
     
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  3. “It is no exaggeration for me to say that this week, these three days that His Imperior Majesty Haile Selassie 1 Of Ethiopia has honoured us with His presence in our country, in our city, marks the greatest day of my life, of my country, and of my people…His Imperior Majesty represents one of the oldest ruling houses not only in our own continent but all over this world… here is the direct descendant of Queen Of Sheba and King Solomon…We have had the privilege of welcoming and entertaining in our midst the one leader in all Africa who has been responsible more than anyone else for the birth of true spirit amongst Africans of African Unity and for the coming into being of the Organization Of African Unity. His Imperior Majesty’s long and distinguished career began a very long time ago, 59 years ago to be exact, when at the age of only 14; he was first appointed Governor of a place called Garar Mullerta in the Harar province of Ethiopia. So far as I know, so far as I have read or heard anywhere, I have never heard of anyone being appointed a Governor at the age of 14.” (Dr. H.K. Banda; Malawi Prime Minister, 3rd Aug. 1965).
     
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  4. With the cross of Jesus on his breast, Tafari Mekonnen already King of kings, conquering Lion of Judah and Elect of God, proceeded last week to his second coronation, this time as Haile Selassie 1 “Power of Trinity”, Emperor of Ethiopia. (Time Europe; 3rd November 1930).
     
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  5. “The story of his plea before the League of Nations to save his country and the people is well known. He fought on the international rostrum not only for the safety and integrity of Ethiopia but for the defense of all small nations.” (Malawi’s Times Newspaper, Friday 30th July 1965).
     
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  6. I had an opportunity to be present during Your address to the League of Nations in 1936 when the Fascists invaded Your country. I had the opportunity then to witness Your courage and determination, in the face of adversity, in the cause of Your people and the freedom of mankind in general as well as collective security. I am very pleased to see today the same determination and vitality in the cause of world peace and collective security. (Dr. F.E. Aschinger, Senior Financial Editor of Switzerland’s Neue Zurcher Zeitung; 4th Feb. 1967).
     
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  7. “It apparent that the sin which was committed in 1935 (on Ethiopia) was not merely Mussolini’s or Fascino’s or Italy’s. This guilt was shared by Britain and France. In some measure by the whole living generation of the western society.” (Arnold Toynbee, Professor of International History, University of London since 1925).
  8. Once it (war) was on, he (Haile Selassie) not only directed his unprepared troops to face the unequal struggle, but he also was on the battle front himself…(Malawi’s Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965) 
     
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  9. Every one agreed that it (Haile Selassie’s Address to the League of Nations in July 1936 on Italy’s aggression) was a great speech, one of the noblest, most factual, irrefutable and moving ever made before the League of Nations (Time Europe; 13th July, 1936).
     
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  10. “Your Majesty stands in the perspective of the history of our time as a symbolic landmark, a prophetic figure on the path of man’s struggle to achieve international peace and security through concerted international action.” (Dag Hammarskjöld, U.N. Secretary General, June 1954).
     
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  11. “His Imperial Majesty himself a rich and unfailing fountain of wisdom, has been foremost in promoting the cause of Unity, Independence and Progress in Africa, as was amply demonstrated in the address he graciously delivered in opening this assembly.” (Nelson Mandela; February 1962, Addis Ababa).
     
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  12. “Though physically small, he had many qualities of a great leader: a capacity for work, an excellent memory, a mastery of detail, a quick and an inquiring mind, a broad outlook and a fine judgment of men and issues.” (Dr. S.A. Ankitoye; 1976, 218).
     
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  13. A lover of nature and patron of arts, the Emperor in his busy round and under the heavy responsibility of high office, finds time to acquaint himself with present day currents of thought and social and cultural activities. (Malawi’s Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965).
     
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  14. At 76 years of age, His Imperial Majesty continues to work a 24 hour day, with three hours of rest and one devoted to prayers. (Dr. Hoffman; Canadian Journalist, 1968).
     
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  15. The Emperor’s daily routine is fairly traditional. Arising at 6am, he attends prayers, takes constitutional walk or indulges in mild exercises before breakfast. His working hours are usually long but he finds dissipation in his pets. He is a lover of horses, lions, dogs, birds, and others of animal kingdom. (Malawi’s Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965).
     
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  16. The Emperor personally lived a very frugal life, of course it is a fact, he lived in a palace, and he was a head of state, the Emperor of ancient realm. But personally, he was unselfish, modest and frugal man. (Edward Ullendorff, Professor of Ethiopian Studies, University of London, 1993).
     
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  17. “…But there has never before visited Lambeth anyone whose church stands interms of antiquity, in first place among the Christians of the world. Your Highness, Your church has an ancient history of about 1600 years. Its beginnings approach the earlier period of the Apostle of Our Lord.” (Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Rev. Randall Davidson, 11th July 1924).
     
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  18. “…Who does not know that the Queen of Sheba having heard of Solomon’s fame came by camel bearing spices, gold and gems to try the king with riddles? Who does not know that she returned to her country to be the mother of all kings? Who does not remember, as centuries unfolded, their descent from King David? Who does not know of their being of the family of Queen of Candace? All this proves the establishment of their Christianity over the whole of Ethiopia and their possession of an ancient faith over a long history…We therefore make known to all of you, here is Ethiopia’s great Crown Prince and Regent H.H. Tafari Mekonnen, the hope of Ethiopia who is descended from ancient kings.” (Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University, Dr. E.C. Pearce, 18th July 1924).
     
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  19. “It is a fact that Ethiopia accepted Christianity a long time prior to us. It was only after the steadfast Christians who lived upon those heights of Africa that we the Swedes, having accepted Christianity, became families and communities of Christ.” (Arch Bishop of Uppsala, Nathan Soderblom, 8th June 1924).
     
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  20. “As far as the Emperor himself was concerned, his conduct during offensive was irreproachable. He was always in the zone of artillery fire and continually exposed himself to danger. In the end, he went down into the plain and machine-gunned the enemy himself with terrific effect.” (Steer; 1942, 316).
     
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  21. “I have admired the Emperor Haile Selassie for forty years, from a distance as well as close quarters, and I may thus be forgiven if am emotionally incapable of joining the rats which are now forsaking the proud ship as it threatens to founder.” (Edward Ullendorff, Professor of Ethiopian Studies, University of London, 1975).
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  22. During his visits to countries (worldwide) His Imperial Majesty was invested with several degrees of Doctors of Law from world’s outstanding institutions of higher learning. These include the Universities of Montreal (1954); Oxford (1954); Columbia (1959); Calorina (1954); Greece (1954); Banares (1956); Cambridge (1958); Howard (1959); Moscow (1959); Prague (1959); Portugal (1959); and Liberia (1960). (Malawi’s Times Newspaper; July 30, 1965).

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