Rest in peace, Kofi Annan: Quotes to live your best life

Rest in peace, Kofi Annan: Quotes to live your best life


Text: Adibah Isa

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan was the first black African Secretary-General of the United Nations. After passing on at the age of 80, we remember his most important quotes to live your best life

On making the right choices:
"To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there."

On being there for your community:
"I am often asked what can people do to become a good global citizen. I reply that it begins in your own community."

Kofi Annan and Lee Hsien Loong in 2005
On sustaining the Earth's future:
"The world is not ours to keep. We hold it in trust for future generations."

On women's rights:
"There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole — women and men alike — than the one which involves women as central players."

On being educated:
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family."

On diversity and inclusivity:
"Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected."

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