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" 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. "
" 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 always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot. "
" 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. "
" Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. "
" As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. "
" 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. "
" We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. "
" There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty. "
" In my country we go to prison first and then become President. "
" Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. "
" No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself. "
" There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. "
" In the 1940s, traveling for an African was a complicated process. All Africans over the age of sixteen were compelled to carry 'Native passes' issued by the Native Affairs Department and were required to show that pass to any white policeman, civil servant, or employer. Failure to do so could mean arrest, trial, a jail sentence or fine. "
" 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. "
" A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. "
" 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. "
" 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 was first imprisoned in Pretoria, and then, thereafter, I was taken to Robben Island. I stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was taken back to Pretoria when I was charged in the Rivonia trial, when I was then sent to Robben Island for life. "
" By ancestry, I was born to rule. "
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" There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous. "
" It always seems impossible until it's done. "
" We can't afford to be killing one another. "
" Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. "
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