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Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie I in 1969
Emperor of Ethiopia (more…)
Reign 2 April 1930 – 12 September 1974
Coronation 2 November 1930
Predecessor Zewditu
Successor Asfaw Wossen (Amha Selassie)
as “King of Ethiopia”
(Did not recognise designation as such)
Prime Ministers
Regent Plenipotentiary of Ethiopia
Reign 27 September 1916 – 2 April 1930
Predecessor Ras Bitwoded Tessema Nadew
(Under Iyasu V)
Monarch Zewditu
Born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael
(1892-07-23)23 July 1892
Ejersa Goro, Ethiopian Empire
Died 27 August 1975(1975-08-27) (aged 83)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Burial 5 November 2000
Holy Trinity Cathedral, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Spouse Menen Asfaw
Issue Princess Romanework
Princess Tenagnework
Crown Prince Asfaw Wossen
Princess Zenebework
Princess Tsehai
Prince Makonnen
Prince Sahle Selassie
Dynasty Solomonic (Sahle Selassie branch)
Father Ras Makonnen Woldemikael
Mother Yeshimebet Ali
Religion Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo

If a strong government finds that it can, with impunity, destroy a weak people, then the hour has struck for that weak people to appeal to the League of Nations to give its judgment in all freedom. God and history will remember your judgment.
Haile Selassie
History teaches us that unity is strength, and cautions us to submerge and overcome our differences in the quest for common goals, to strive, with all our combined strength, for the path to true African brotherhood and unity.
Haile Selassie
The preservation of peace and the guaranteeing of man's basic freedoms and rights require courage and eternal vigilance: courage to speak and act – and if necessary, to suffer and die – for truth and justice; eternal vigilance, that the least transgression of international morality shall not go undetected and unremedied.
Haile Selassie
We have before us the examples of the U.S.A. and the U.S.S.R. We must remember how long these required to achieve their union. When a solid foundation is laid, if the mason is able and his materials good, a strong house can be built.
Haile Selassie
Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an 'is,' it is a 'becoming.'
Haile Selassie
The nations of Africa, as is true of every continent of the world, from time to time dispute among themselves. These quarrels must be confined to this continent and quarantined from the contamination of non-African interference.
Haile Selassie
The commentators of 1963 speak, in discussing Africa, of the Monrovia States, the Brazzaville Group, the Casablanca Powers, of these and many more. Let us put an end to these terms. What we require is a single African organisation through which Africa's single voice may be heard, within which Africa's problems may be studied and resolved.
Haile Selassie
Do not worship me, I am not God. I'm only a man. I worship Jesus Christ.
Haile Selassie
Peace demands the united efforts of us all. Who can foresee what spark might ignite the fuse?
Haile Selassie
Provision must be made for the extension of speedy and effective assistance when any African State is threatened with military aggression. We cannot rely solely on international morality.
Haile Selassie
Africa shares with Asia a common background of colonialism, of exploitation, of discrimination, of oppression. At Bandung, African and Asian States dedicated themselves to the liberation of their two continents from foreign domination and affirmed the right of all nations to develop in their own way, free of any external interference.
Haile Selassie
This world was not created piecemeal. Africa was born no later and no earlier than any other geographical area on this globe. Africans, no more and no less than other men, possess all human attributes, talents and deficiencies, virtues and faults.
Haile Selassie
The Ethiopian government's use of the railway from Djibouti to Addis Ababa was, in practice, a hazardous regards transport of arms intended for the Ethiopian forces.
Haile Selassie
We must become bigger than we have been: more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.
Haile Selassie
We all wish to live. We all seek a world in which men are freed of the burdens of ignorance, poverty, hunger and disease. And we shall all be hard-pressed to escape the deadly rain of nuclear fall-out should catastrophe overtake us.
Haile Selassie
Above all, we must avoid the pitfalls of tribalism. If we are divided among ourselves on tribal lines, we open our doors to foreign intervention and its potentially harmful consequences.
Haile Selassie
It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.
I have lived too long to cherish many illusions about the essential high-mindedness of men when brought into stark confrontation with the issue of control over their security, and their property interests.
Haile Selassie
The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security.
Haile Selassie
We have finished the job, what shall we do with the tools?
Africa's mineral wealth is great; we should co-operate in its development.
Haile Selassie
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie
An awareness of our past is essential to the establishment of our personality and our identity as Africans.
Haile Selassie
Thousands of years ago, civilizations flourished in Africa which suffer not at all by comparison with those of other continents. In those centuries, Africans were politically free and economically independent. Their social patterns were their own and their cultures truly indigenous.
Haile Selassie
Outside the kingdom of the Lord there is no nation which is greater than any other. God and history will remember your judgment.
Haile Selassie