A collection of quotes and thoughts by Charles Taylor on politics, politician, war, accusations, prison, confinement, sentence and president.

11 Top Quotes By Charles Taylor

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Former President of Liberia

Born On
28 January 1948 AD

Born In
Arthington, Liberia

Founder / Co Founder
Revolutionary United Front


Charles Taylor is a former Liberian politician who served as the 22nd President of Liberia. He moved from the U.S.A. to Liberia to participate in a struggle against President Tolbert. He started off as an administrator but was accused of burglary, three years into the employment. He was captured in the wake of getting away to the U.S., after which he fled from jail and settled in Libya. He came back to Liberia, toppled Samuel Doe and soon turned into the Leader of his country. He brought about the 'Sierra Leone Common War', enlisting kid warriors. As the interim President, he began to be disliked and soon the 'Second Liberian Common War' broke out. He was compelled to vacate his post and went into exile in Nigeria. He was found guilty of wrongdoings in war and was sentenced by the 'Exceptional Court for Sierra Leone', to 50 years of detainment. He is currently confined in a jail in the Netherlands. Here are some famous sayings and quotes by the notorious politician that will give you a glimpse of his mind. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Charles Taylor which somewhat reflects his rebellious character.

Little countries do not have this luxury of defending themselves. We have to do it before the fact, not after the fact

- Charles Taylor

[E]ach of our voices has something unique to say. Not only should I not mold my life to the demands of external conformity; I can't even find the model by which to live outside myself. I can only find it within.

- Charles Taylor

The only meaningful life is that which is deepened by carrying through these commitments, living through the dead periods in order to lay the foundations for the creative ones.

- Philosophical Papers: Volume 1, Charles Taylor

But an important point is that, once again as with "scientific" proofs of atheism, it is not the cast-iron intellectual reasoning which convinces, but the relief of revolt.

- A Secular Age, Charles Taylor

There is a widespread sense of loss here, if not always of God, then at least of meaning.

- A Secular Age, Charles Taylor

[M]y discovering my own identity doesn't mean that I work it out in isolation, but that I negotiate it through dialogue, partly overt, partly internal, with others.

- Multiculturalism, Charles Taylor

What should have died along with communism is the belief that modern societies can be run on a single principle, whether that of planning under the general will or that of free-market allocations.

- The Ethics of Authenticity, Charles Taylor

We become full human agents, capable of understanding ourselves, and hence of defining our identity, through our acquisition of rich human languages of expression.

- Multiculturalism, Charles Taylor

We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us. Even after we outgrow some of these others—our parents, for instance—and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.

- Charles Taylor

There is a certain way of being human that is my way. I am called upon to live my life in this way, and not in imitation of anyone else's life. But this notion gives a new importance to being true to myself. If I am not, I miss the point of my life; I miss what being human is for me.

- Charles Taylor

To know who I am is a species of knowing where I stand. My identity is defined by the commitments and identifications which provide the frame or horizon within which I can try to determine from case to case what is good, or valuable, or what ought to be done, or what I endorse or oppose. In other words, it is the horizon within which I am capable of taking a stand.

- Charles Taylor