70+ Best Robert Mugabe Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Robert Gabriel Mugabe was a Zimbabwean revolutionary and politician who served as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987 and then as President from 1987 to 2017. Profoundly inspirational Robert Mugabe quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Robert Mugabe Quotes

I have died many times. I have actually beaten Jesus Christ because he only died once. – Robert Mugabe

The land is ours. It’s not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people… Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality. – Robert Mugabe

If President Barack Obama wants me to allow marriage for same-sex couples in my country (Zimbabwe), he must come here so that I marry him first. – Robert Mugabe

The anti-imperialist, forces in the country [Zimbabwe] here, I think are not that strong. The capitalist forces, the reactionary forces are far more formidable, far better organised. But we would have wanted to hear the voice of the anti-imperialist forces, those who espouse the cause of freedom, the cause of independence, everywhere. – Robert Mugabe

The white man is not indigenous to Africa. Africa is for Africans. Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans. – Robert Mugabe

I would spend my time telling stories or writing them. – Robert Mugabe

There are many refugees, if not more refugees inside the country than outside the country. There is also the question of working to aid us at the present moment when we are campaigning for elections. – Robert Mugabe

People are free to campaign and they will be free to vote. There won’t be any soldiers, you know, at the queues. Anyone who has the right to vote is free to go and cast his vote anywhere in his own area, in his own constituency. – Robert Mugabe

True, some land was bought by a few Cabinet Ministers. They bought the land. No minister, to my knowledge acquired land which was meant for resettlement. – Robert Mugabe

Is it not obvious that Britain, under the regime of Tony Blair, has ceased to respect the Charter of the United Nations? – Robert Mugabe

I wish to assure you that there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the democratic process of election under the Lancaster House agreement. – Robert Mugabe

We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder… We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards. – Robert Mugabe

If anybody attacks us we will readjust and mobilise ourselves for action immediately. That will be the end of the ceasefire if it happens during the ceasefire period. If it happens after we have won the elections, naturally we will put up a resistance. – Robert Mugabe

We have said the first step was to designate the land, inform the owners. And the second would be to get the responses from the owners. And this will be openly done. – Robert Mugabe

The Patriotic Front is two organisations under a banner, and we cannot create one party overnight. It takes time. Even if we wanted it, this is not the time to do it; it would raise more contradictions in the Patriotic Front. – Robert Mugabe

Stay with us, please remain in this country and constitute a nation based on national unity. – Robert Mugabe

Some people are contriving ways and means of making us collapse. – Robert Mugabe

We are no longer going to ask for the land, but we are going to take it without negotiating. – Robert Mugabe

It could never be a correct justification that, because the whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, that the blacks must oppress them today because they have power. – Robert Mugabe

If the choice were made, one for us to lose our sovereignty and become a member of the Commonwealth or remain with our sovereignty and lose the membership of the Commonwealth, I would say let the Commonwealth go. – Robert Mugabe

Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy! – Robert Mugabe

Countries such as the U.S. and Britain have taken it upon themselves to decide for us in the developing world, even to interfere in our domestic affairs and to bring about what they call regime change. – Robert Mugabe

Africa must revert to what it was before the imperialists divided it. These are artificial divisions which we, in our pan-African concept will seek to remove. – Robert Mugabe

Our view is that we would want to see the situation in Ireland resolved, but we do not intervene in that situation for tactical reasons. Our view is commonly known that imperialism wherever it is must be fought and that justice must be done in Ireland. – Robert Mugabe

Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen. I want everyone to play cricket in Zimbabwe; I want ours to be a nation of gentlemen. – Robert Mugabe

It may be necessary to use methods other than constitutional ones. – Robert Mugabe

The armed struggle is not ending just now. We are upholding a ceasefire. We have our arms with us. – Robert Mugabe

In most recent times, as the West started being hostile to us, we deliberately declared a Look East policy. – Robert Mugabe

We of Africa protest that, in this day and age, we should continue to be treated as lesser human beings than other races. – Robert Mugabe

Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically. – Robert Mugabe

There are things one must do for oneself. – Robert Mugabe

South Africa needs a second liberation. – Robert Mugabe

There is the possibility that these troops will be used against us if we are victorious. There is also the possibility that in fact the South Africans are there at the invitation of Britain, because Britain is hesitating to remove them. Hence there is a need for us to combine forces and demand through all political platforms, through all media, the withdrawal of South African troops and action, definite action, by Britain to get those South African troops out. – Robert Mugabe

We expected anyway that the democratic forces which have agreed with us in Zimbabwe would have rallied behind us. But it was a difficult struggle. – Robert Mugabe

We will proceed with current land reform with or without sanctions, … Let that position be known here and abroad and let the commercial farmers tell that to their constituency or constituencies overseas. – Robert Mugabe

Even some of our friends, not only here, but in the international community, in Africa as well, were beginning to show weakness and their weakness, did not lend support to us and we found ourselves weak negotiators at various stages. – Robert Mugabe

Certainly we must combine forces . South African troops are within the country.We raised this matter with Mrs [Margaret] Thatcher and Lord [Peter] Carrington when we met them and we wanted to get from them a definite commitment that they were going to get the South African troops out. – Robert Mugabe

So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe. – Robert Mugabe

We are not hungry… Why foist this food upon us? We don’t want to be choked. We have enough. – Robert Mugabe

We will defend our victory through armed struggle. We will have to do that. – Robert Mugabe

I am still the Hitler of the time. This Hitler has only one objective, justice for his own people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people, and their rights to their resources. If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold. Ten times, that is what we stand for. – Robert Mugabe

Dont fight even over girlfriends. The country is full of beautiful women. If you cant get one, come to Mugabe for assistance. – Robert Mugabe

South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won’t even attempt to slap a live one. Yet they can stone to death a black man simply because he’s a foreigner – Robert Mugabe

The struggle hasn’t ended. It’s only just begun in our view. In the sense that if all goes well during the elections and we emerge as the government there will still be another form of struggle. But there’s going to be lots of work in reconstruction, resettling people. In the initial period we will expect all the support groups we have here in Britain and elsewhere to concentrate their efforts in enabling us to resettle our people. – Robert Mugabe

The only white man you can trust is a dead white man. – Robert Mugabe

Our votes must go together with our guns. After all, any vote we shall have, shall have been the product of the gun. The gun which produces the vote should remain its security officer – its guarantor. The people’s votes and the people’s guns are always inseparable twins. – Robert Mugabe

Mr Bush, Mr. Blair and now Mr Brown’s sense of human rights precludes our people’s right to their God-given resources, which in their view must be controlled by their kith and kin. I am termed dictator because I have rejected this supremacist view and frustrated the neo-colonialists. – Robert Mugabe

If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to come up with two children and they fail to do that, then we will chop off their heads. – Robert Mugabe

Don’t drink at all, don’t smoke, you must exercise and eat vegetables and fruit. – Robert Mugabe

Only God who appointed me will remove me. – Robert Mugabe

The Commonwealth is a mere club, but it has become like Animal Farm, where some members are more equal than others. How can Blair claim to regulate and direct events and still say all of us are equals? – Robert Mugabe

What is the problem? We now have aeroplanes which can take them back quicker than the ships used by their ancestors. – Robert Mugabe

I think that the movement is weak in Zimbabwe, much weaker than it is in Italy for example, much weaker than it is in Spain, much weaker than it is even in Germany, although there the groups are small they are very vociferous and you get them speaking loudly and organising. – Robert Mugabe

We have fought for our land, we have fought for our sovereignty, small as we are we have won our independence and we are prepared to shed our blood… So, Blair keep your England, and let me keep my Zimbabwe. – Robert Mugabe

We have said we will never collapse, never ever. We may have our droughts, our poverty, but as a people we shall never collapse, never ever. – Robert Mugabe

We don’t mind having sanctions banning us from Europe. We are not Europeans. – Robert Mugabe

I am an educationist. I’m an economist. I am a politician. I am also now a good storyteller, you know? – Robert Mugabe

The voice of Mr Bush and the voice of Mr Blair can’t decide who shall rule in Zimbabwe, who shall rule in Africa, who shall rule in Asia, who shall rule in Venezuela, who shall rule in Iran, who shall rule in Iraq. – Robert Mugabe

Our economy is a hundred times better, than the average African economy. Outside South Africa, what country is [as good as] Zimbabwe?.. What is lacking now are goods on the shelves – that is all. – Robert Mugabe

We will have no mercy for white people regarding the land, they cannot own our soil. – Robert Mugabe

We are a democratic country and my party enjoys overwhelming support. The two gentlemen who purported to have withdrawn actually found it very tough to compete with us. We will win this election, – Robert Mugabe

Let those long distance philanthropists who want to romanticize shacks … tell us why they don’t allow them in their own land, – Robert Mugabe

Having restored land to the people… We have learnt a host of lessons, all pointing to the challenge of ensuring food security for the people. – Robert Mugabe

We have sought to address this inequity, … And what has been the response from former imperialist quarters? Staggering beyond description. My government, my party and my own person have been labeled land grabbers, demonized, reviled and threatened with sanctions in the face of accusations of reverse racism. – Robert Mugabe

The prophets of doom are prophets of doom. Their prophecies are doomed, – Robert Mugabe

How come Kony gets a viral video made about him and i don’t – Robert Mugabe

This, indeed, is where it (Habitat) rightly belongs and not anywhere in Zimbabwe. – Robert Mugabe

IMF is almost never a real assistance to developing countries, – Robert Mugabe

It’s not possible that women can be at par with men. – Robert Mugabe

Sometimes you look back at girls you spent money on rather than send it to your mum & you realise witchcraft is real. – Robert Mugabe