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There are thousands of quotes by Kenyans. Here are a few quotes by famous Kenyans that you should know.

1. Jomo Kenyatta

“When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, we had the Bible in our hand, and they had the land.” – Jomo Kenyatta, first president of Kenya

2. Dedan Kimathi

“I would rather die on my legs than live on my knees” – Dedan Kimathi, freedom fighter

3. Wangari Maathai

“African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.” – Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize winner

4. Mwai Kibaki

“Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others. It is not an opportunity to satisfy personal greed.”Mwai Kibaki, third president of Kenya

5. George Saitoti

“There comes a time when the nation is more important than an individual.” – Professor George Saitoti

6. John Michuki

“If you rattle a snake, you must be prepared to be bitten by it.” – John Michuki

7. PLO Lumumba

“Sometimes, and those times are many, wisdom demands that we remain silent. This is such a time.” – PLO Lumumba

8. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

“Our fathers fought bravely. But do you know the biggest weapon unleashed by the enemy against them? It was not the Maxim gun. It was division among them. Why? Because a people united in faith are stronger than the bomb” – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, A Grain of Wheat

9. Wangari Maathai

“All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet.” Wangari Maathai

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid” – Lupita Nyongo