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" You know, you can only lead them from behind. "
" There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous. "
" 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. "
" I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. "
" Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence. "
" Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace. "
" There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. "
" 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 started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them. "
" I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism. "
" 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. "
" Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. "
" We can't afford to be killing one another. "
" After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. "
" Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS. "
" 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. "
" Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. "
" 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. "
" If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. "
" Forget the past. "
" Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts. "
" 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 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. "
" Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. "
" Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake. "
" We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. "