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  • 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.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • is eager for peace. He is a passionate fighter for peace.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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.
    (Nelson Mandela)


  • History and the generations to come will judge our leaders by the decisions they make in the coming weeks,
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • 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.
    (Nelson Mandela)

  • We... call for the rigorous implementation of the U.N. Security Council sanctions to oblige UNITA fully to implement the Lusaka peace protocol,
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  • Our hope is that the elementary reading of comics will lead to the joy of reading good books,
    (Nelson Mandela)

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


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