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  1. The whole thing about elections in Liberia — it’s not about the way you take care of people, it’s not about the heart, it’s about education, according to the perception of some people.
  2. My father died when I was young and I was raised by my grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. We could afford to eat chicken just once a year, on Christmas.
  3. I want for us to be self-sustained so we can export. The government has a responsibility to have agricultural programs so people are able to grow their own food.
  4. I have proven to the world that I am articulate, I am very intelligent, I’m well exposed.
  5. I am always successful in my work.
  6. I know I have a successful career, a successful life. If I sit and say, ‘Look, I have a comfortable life,’ and I… just think about myself, I don’t think that would be fair. That would be very selfish. Because everything I do in my life is to benefit my people.
  7. My fellow revolutionaries, liberation is a noble cause. We must fight to obtain it.
  8. Around 80% of Liberians are unemployed and only half of all children go to primary school. Just one in 20 go on to secondary school. Young children are on the streets instead of in the classrooms. We are not giving them the opportunity to learn and they will struggle to get jobs when they grow up.
  9. Football has been good to me. Everyone has their destiny, but you have to make use of the opportunities. I have spent 15 years at the top of my game. It makes me happy. I love the game. I love scoring goals. But I have always taken it seriously. It is not what the game gives you, it is what you give it.
  10. The United Nations should come in and take over Liberia, not temporarily, but for life. To make Liberians believe in democracy, to make us believe in human rights, they need to go in and just seize control of the country. That is the only way Liberia will ever become the kind of country it was supposed to be.
  11. If I say I am not a politician, it is because I did not go to school to do political science. But at the end of the day, I think we are all born politicians. It’s practical. All you gotta do is practice.
  12. They say I do not have the qualifications to be president, that I do not have education. Well, I would never divide the Liberian people.
  13. Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.
  14. I will go on my knees and ask the Liberian people to participate in bringing peace and stability to our country.
  15. The roads for connectivity are vital. We have partners and we have revenue that we will make sure will come in to build our roads.
  16. When I was growing up in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, I sold doughnuts, popcorn and Kool Aid every day after school so that my family had some money and I could pay my school fees. It was a tough life.
  17. I ask Liberians to pray so that God will bring peace and stability, and bring about unification to ourselves.
  18. In America there is a public library in every community. How many public libraries are there in Africa? Every day there are new books coming out and new ideas being discussed. But these new books and ideas don’t reach Africa and we are being left behind.
  19. I don’t want my title to define my character. I don’t think, as a president, I will change.
  20. I believe education should be a right for every child, but tragically in many parts of world it is a privilege for certain children whose parents have money. There are 72 million children in the world who don’t go to school and many of them are in Africa.

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