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All Quotes by author - Nelson Mandela
" 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. "
" After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one's person. "
" 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. "
" Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose. "
" Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla. "
" As an attorney, I could be rather flamboyant in court. I did not act as though I were a black man in a white man's court, but as if everyone else - white and black - was a guest in my court. When trying a case, I often made sweeping gestures and used high-flown language. "
" As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. "
" 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. "
I Was Born
" 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. "
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. "
" Forget the past. "
" 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. "
" From the beginning, Mandela and Tambo was besieged with clients. We were not the only African lawyers in South Africa, but we were the only firm of African lawyers. For Africans, we were the firm of first choice and last resort. "
" 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 came across few whites as a boy at Qunu. The local magistrate, of course, was white, as was the nearest shopkeeper. Occasionally, white travelers or policemen passed through our area. These whites appeared as grand as gods to me, and I was aware that they were to be treated with a mixture of fear and respect. "
" I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders. "
" I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife. "
" I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world. "
" I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. "
" I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites. "
" I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself. "
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