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All Quotes by author - Haile Gebrselassie
" Age for me is just a number. "
" Always, if you win mentally, you can win physically as well. "
" Athletics is in my blood. "
" At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people. "
" First, do enough training. Then believe in yourself and say: I can do it. Tomorrow is my day. And then say: the person in front of me, he is just a human being as well; he has two legs, I have two legs, that is all. That is mentally how you prepare. "
" He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me. "
" I can't change everything by myself but I can be one of the people who are trying to change the situation. "
" I feel a social responsibility. We need to open people's eyes. There is a lack of education in Ethiopia. "
" If your body is damaged, wounded, it can be fixed, but if inside, mentally, you are wounded you cannot fix it, it's hard. "
" If you're planning only to make money and nothing else, you'll be broke. "
" I haven't done a marathon for a long time. So we'll see. I will need good luck. "
" I have to change a lot of things before I become a good marathon runner. "
" In my life I do a lot of things but I never forget my training. "
" In the rainy season, sometimes to get to the first lesson we had to run really quick, because we had to cross the river to school and we'd have to go up and down the bank to find a place to cross because there is no bridge. "
" I think if you come first with a new world record, that is the best. "
" I used to run to school, 10k every day. And this at altitude, perfect preparation, really. "
" My father thought sport was something fun - he didn't know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said: 'Good, you can support not just yourself but me too'. "
" Once you have commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there. "
" Since I achieved something, running has exploded in my country. For me sometimes it is difficult even to know who the athletes are who are competing at the highest level. There are thousands. "
" The marathon always starts after 30K. That's where the problems start. You start without any problems, without any pain. All the pain comes after 30K. Sometimes, it's possible to have pain even in the finger. "
" This hand is not very active always, because it was in this hand that I carried my books. My carrying hand was always my strongest. Now I think my other hand has developed more muscles from signing all those autographs. "
" This is what I wanted. They tell me that London is the best field in history. I wanted to be part of that. Because everyone will be there it will be a wonderful challenge for me. You can see the best runners, how they look, how they run. For me to beat the best is what counts. "
" What can you do if a part of it is uphill? You can't work out another route. You've just got to run the one they give you. But they tell me London is a nice course. Even the cobbles, I hope, are not very much of a problem for me. "
" When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers. "
" When you run the marathon, you run against the distance, not against the other runners and not against the time. "
" You need three things to win: discipline, hard work and, before everything maybe, commitment. No one will make it without those three. Sport teaches you that. "
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