Nelson Mandela Quotes (125 Quotes)


    I hope you will be able to discuss and consider this matter urgently and tell me your decision.

    It is one of the most powerful instruments to bring about a united nation, and it also says, let us forget the past. Let us think of the present and future,

    Whatever the sentence Your Worship sees fit to impose upon me for the crime for which I have been convicted before this court may it rest assured that when my sentence has been completed, I will still be moved as men are always moved, by their consci

    We must find ways and means to make lifesaving treatment available to all who need it.

    We need to exert ourselves that much more, and break out of the vicious cycle of dependence imposed on us by the financially powerful those in command of immense market power and those who dare to fashion the world in their own image


    The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.


    Despite huge gains, too many of you remain homeless, poor and illiterate. The struggle did not end five years ago,

    The power of imagination created the illusion that my vision went much farther than the naked eye could actually see.

    The New Year will bring many changes, ... They will depend on our working together to realize our dream.

    We all felt on top of the world. It was a justification for the sacrifices which had been made by our people since the arrival of whites in this country in 1652.

    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.

    After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

    There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

    Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

    Where poverty exists, there is not true freedom, ... The world is hungry for action, not words. I am proud to wear the symbol of this global cause to action.

    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.

    It was the government that should have been told to refrain from its inhuman policy of violence and massacre, not the African people .... It was further argued that it is wrong and indefensible for a political Organization to repudiate picketing, whi

    is eager for peace. He is a passionate fighter for peace.

    I regard it as a duty which I owed, not just to my people, but also to my profession, to the practice of law, and to the justice for all mankind, to cry out against this discrimination which is essentially unjust and opposed to the whole basis of the attitude towards justice which is part of the tradition of legal training in this country. I believed that in taking up a stand against this injustice I was upholding the dignity of what should be an honorable profession.

    History and the generations to come will judge our leaders by the decisions they make in the coming weeks,

    As a leader... I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a con-sensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom a leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

    How can I be expected to believe that this same racial discrimination which has been the cause of so much injustice and suffering right through the years, should now operate here to give me a fair and open trial.... consider myself neither morally nor legally obliged to obey laws made by a Parliament in which I am not represented. That the will of the people is the basis of the authority of government, is a principle universally acknowledged as sacred throughout the civilized world.

    This is one of the most important moments in the life of our country. I stand here before you filled with deep pride and joy - pride in the ordinary, humble people of this country. You have shown such calm, patient determination to reclaim this count

    I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

    I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A man does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards, but when I was notified that I had won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr de Klerk, I was deeply moved. The Nobel Peace P

    President Clinton, as well as the first lady, Hillary, they have the correct instincts on the major international questions facing the world today, ... For that reason, I hold him ... in high respect.

    We... call for the rigorous implementation of the U.N. Security Council sanctions to oblige UNITA fully to implement the Lusaka peace protocol,

    Our hope is that the elementary reading of comics will lead to the joy of reading good books,

    It is a realization of a dream for me to be here to come and pledge my solidarity with my friend Yasser Arafat,


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