‘Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?
Expedience asks the question – is it politic?
Vanity asks the question – is it popular?
But conscience asks the question – is it right?’
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right’.
Some farmers went to the SADC... but that’s nonsense, absolute nonsense, no-one will follow that. We have courts here in this country, that can determine the rights of people. Our land issues are not subject to the SADC tribunal.
At a lavish party to mark his 85th Birthday. Referring to regional court ruling that Zimbabwe's land redistribution policy was racist and compromised the rights of citizens
Land distribution will continue. It will not stop. The few remaining white farmers should quickly vacate their farms as they have no place there.
Addressing supporters at a lavish party to mark his 85th Birthday
Some of you were thinking we are no longer in power.I am still in control and hold executive authority, so nothing much has changed.
At a lavish party to mark his 85th Birthday
I will never, never, never never surrender. Zimbabwe is mine, I am a Zimbabwean. Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe never for the British, Britain for the British.
Addressing his ruling party Zanu PF t their annual conference
There is a man who has been in the seat for so many years as the father of
the African National Congress and democracy in one stroke pulls him down. Democracy without morality is no democracy for all.
Commenting after South African President Thabo Mbeki was forced to step down from the South African presidency by the country's ruling party.
The returns show that we are winning convincingly, that we have won in all the 26 constituencies in Harare, an MDC stronghold where we won in only one constituency in March. That is the trend [and] I thank you for the manner in which you voted, we won overwhelmingly.
On State Television
You would not imagine that in Harare, where we had been beaten in all but one constituency in the March elections, this time around not even one went to the MDC
Speaking at a funeral of his wife's grandmother
Very fit, very optimistic, upbeat - and hungry.
After he cast his vote in the one-horse presidential poll. The joke displays amazing insenstivity to the fact that thousands of Zimbabweans cannot afford to eat
We continue to respect the queen [...] It's the demons at Downing Street that need to be exorcized.
After being stripped of his knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II on 25 June 2008. The reasons cited were for his "abuse of human rights" and "abject disregard" for democracy