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" By ancestry, I was born to rule. "
I Was Born
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. "
" There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous. "
" As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. "
" Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Forget the past. "
" I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world. "
" Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence. "
" If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. "
" Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. "
" A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
" 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. "
" Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake. "
" Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit. "
" 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. "
" Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues - of my comrades in the movement - who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me. "
" To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. "
" My son has died of AIDS. "
" 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. "
" If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. "
" Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality. "