A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. 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.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
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.
I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.
I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
It always seems impossible until its done.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
There is no such thing as part freedom.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. – NELSON MANDELA, Long Walk to Freedom
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography
[A] new society cannot be created by reproducing the repugnant past, however refined or enticingly repackaged. – NELSON MANDELA, Nobel lecture, 1993
I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. I tell them that I was also a terrorist yesterday, but, today, I am admired by the very people who said I was one. – NELSON MANDELA, Larry King Live, May 16, 2000
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography
Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets. – NELSON MANDELA, speech, April 27, 1995
Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves. – NELSON MANDELA, speech, May 10, 1994
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. – NELSON MANDELA, Autobiography
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. – NELSON MANDELA, Long Walk to Freedom
Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.