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" 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? "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness. "
" I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. "
" There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease. "
" I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. "
" My son has died of AIDS. "
" Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. "
" 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. "
" Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. "
" In my country we go to prison first and then become President. "
" Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS. "
" 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. "
" Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. "
" If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. "
" It always seems impossible until it's done. "
" I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east. "
" 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. "
" It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea. "
" People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that's how they'll react. But if you say, 'We want peace, we want stability,' we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture. "
" Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS 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 say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary. "
" I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. "
" When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer. "
" 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. "