Nelson Mandela Quotes
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.
At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion that the struggle in South Africa is under the influence of foreigners or communists is wholly incorrect. I have done whatever I did because of my experience in South Africa and my own proudly felt African background, and not because of what any outsider might have said.
Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa's leading organization - and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think.
By ancestry, I was born to rule.
Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Especially for those of us who lived in single cells, you had the time to sit down and think, and we discovered that sitting down just to think is one of the best ways of keeping yourself fresh and able, to be able to address the problems facing you, and you had the opportunity, also, of examining your past.
Even if you have a terminal disease, you don't have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
Forget the past.
Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.
I am confident that nobody will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.
I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world.
I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.
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July 18, 1918
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