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" As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. "
" I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people. "
" There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people. "
" Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. "
" Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. "
" I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism. "
" Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom. "
" 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. "
" There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. "
" There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way. "
" The names of Dingane and Bambata, Hintsa and Makana, Squngthi and Dalasile, Moshoeshoe and Sekhukhuni, were praised as the glory of the entire African nation. I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle. "
" There is no such thing as part freedom. "
" 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 have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do. "
" 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. "
" Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose. "
" Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace. "
" I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I realized quickly what Mandela and Tambo meant to ordinary Africans. It was a place where they could come and find a sympathetic ear and a competent ally, a place where they would not be either turned away or cheated, a place where they might actually feel proud to be represented by men of their own skin color. "
" I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. "
" If you are poor, you are not likely to live long. "
" I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President. "
" Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual. "
" Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake. "
" 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. "
" We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. "
" The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken. "
" Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did. "