Nelson Mandela Quotes (125 Quotes)


    This is a very sensitive matter, highly personal, and you will appreciate it if I don't make any comment.

    Representatives of the contesting parties have made a request that they would like to meet in South Africa ... to be able to discuss their problems,


    Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president...

    I hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations. I have fought all my life I fight now, and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most violently the set-up that surrounds me here. It makes me feel that I am a Black man in a White man's court. This should not be I should feel perfectly at ease and at home with the assurance that I am being tried by a fellow South African, who does not regard me as an inferior, entitled to a special type of justice.


    said Nic Buchanan, the creator of the comic books. ''They don't know their own history. We celebrated democracy and the miracle, but the building stones of a progressive and enlightened society needs work.

    Let us give publicity to HIVAIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and to say somebody has died because of HIVAIDS, ... And people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.

    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?

    China is one of the most populous states in the world, a member of the United Nations, a permanent member of the Security Council. It is in the interests of South Africa to have relations with such a country,

    All South Africans would want me to take this opportunity to convey in person our heartfelt condolences at the tragic event which afflicted your family recently,

    A visit to this country by President Clinton is the high water mark.

    One temptation of a leader elected unopposed is that he may use that powerful position to settle scores with his detractors, marginalize them and, in certain cases, get rid of them and surround himself with yes men and women,

    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.

    Among our country's major challenges are crime, joblessness and corruption,

    This project is going to bring some change to the lives of the community here,

    Your collective wisdom and support was not lost on FIFA.

    South Africa is moving in the right direction, ... We should have confidence that there are great days ahead.


    Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

    It is said that no-one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones, Mr Mandela has said.

    Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.

    When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

    Today we stand at the grave of one of the greatest among that generation of great freedom fighters.

    I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

    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.

    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.

    If it is easy to read for other people like me, with eyes not like they used to be, and it reaches entirely new readers, then the project will prove to be worthwhile.

    Our continent must be allowed to do its own things, charting its course and destiny.

    This concern that a two-thirds majority will be abused by the ANC flies in the face of the facts of history,

    Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.


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