Quotes by Ian Smith

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Today is not such a tremendous day for us Rhodesians. We made our decision to become a Republic quite a long while ago, and this is simply the process of formalizing it. Our Independence Day is the great day. Rhodesia did not want to seize independence from Britain. It was forced upon us. more...

Let me say it again. I don't believe in black majority rule ever in Rhodesia, not in a thousand years. I repeat that I believe in blacks and whites working together. If one day it is white and the next day it is black, I believe we have failed and it will be a disaster for Rhodesia. more...

All the soul of man is resolution, which in valiant men falters never, until their last breath. more...

I would be dishonest if I did not state quite clearly that the proposals which were put to us in Pretoria do not represent what in our view would be the best solution to Rhodesia's problems. more...

I am satisfied it has strengthened my hand tremendously. Nobody but a fool would disregard the kind of result we witnessed today. more...

Pushing people forward simply because of their colour, irrespective of merit, would be most unfortunate and would of course lead to disaster. It would mean that Rhodesia would then develop into a kind of banana republic where the country would in no time be bankrupt. more...

To those who say derogatory things about colonialism, I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing. more...

We had the highest standard of health and education and housing for our black people than any other country on the African continent. That was what Rhodesians did. I wonder if we shouldn't be given credit for doing that. more...

So gradually and gradually worse and worse until the country is absolutely on the rocks now, and the people are suffering. And this is our hope, because so many people are suffering, have been persecuted and have been told Get into line, or else, and they know what 'or else' means. more...

Africa is a continent which is subject to a great deal of friction and argument and change; that's of the world generally but more so Africa than anywhere else. So because of that we live and hope, we think that the people in the end will say We've had enough. more...

Ernest Mtunzi, Former UK Representative of Joshua Nkomo more...

I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing. more...

Freedom. And Justice. If you have those two, it covers everything. You must stick to those principles and have the courage of your convictions. more...

Poor air quality, which can be influenced by a variety of fumes, chemicals and allergens, is arguably the leading cause of triggers for most asthmatics in urban areas. more...

Declaring independence was the most traumatic decision I had to live up to. Because I didn't want to do it. more...

Every human being makes mistakes. more...

Everything we did was criticized. For about thirty years we lived with the world against us, accusing us of things we didn't do! more...

I always try to be reasonable and effective. more...

If my children were hungry I should think I would steal to feed them. more...

The risk from viruses is an unanswered question - and it won't be answered until you have had organs transplanted into humans over many years. more...

The only violence was when these so-called 'freedom fighters' terrorized the poor Africans in the villages... They were told what to do and who to support. more...


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