Nelson Mandela Quotes


It is also the fate of leadership to be misunderstood. For historians academics writers and journalists to reflect great lives according to their own subjective canon.

Without language one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations grasp their history appreciate their poetry or savor their songs.

Our economic approach to food and its distribution reflects our basic moral values.

I approach every problem with optimism.

The so-called 'Palestinian autonomous areas' are bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli apartheid system.

Like slavery and apartheid poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.

If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.

I told my cellmates about the oppression of the whites and apartheid. I helped organize hunger strikes and the like in my prison.

I discovered even before I went to jail that apartheid was not run by people who were monolithic in their approach. Some of them didn't even believe in apartheid.

My time in prison only deepened my resolve against apartheid. Even while I was in prison I fought against it teaching my cellmates about white supremacy and how to fight against it.

If you sit down and talk to a person it's easy to convince him that apartheid can never save a country and will lead to the slaughtering of innocent people - including his own people.

It generally appears outlandish until its carried out.

Some men under the pressure of incarceration showed true mettle while others revealed themselves as less than what they had appeared to be.

Appearances matter "? and remember to smile.

I appeal to the Youth and those on the ground: start talking to each other across divisions of race and political organizations.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.

Young people are capable when aroused of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.

I was neglected by my family because I had disappointed them - I'd run away from being forced into an arranged marriage which was a big blow to them.

In my younger days I was arrogant - jail helped me to get rid of it. I did nothing but make enemies because of my arrogance.

Only armchair politicians are immune from committing mistakes. Errors are inherent in political action.

I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you the people are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967 and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.

I went as an observer not a participant for I do not think that I ever spoke. I wanted to understand the issues under discussion evaluate the arguments see the calibre of the men involved.

I'm not going to sit here and argue with you. Just PUT THE BLOODY METER ON.

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel within secure borders.

I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

Do not allow your anger to control your reason but rather your reason to control your anger.

[I] read Anne Frank's diary [while imprisoned] on Robben Island and derived much encouragement from it.

The death sentence is a barbaric act . . . It is a reflection of the animal instinct still in human beings.

We can build a society grounded on friendship and our common humanity - a society founded on tolerance. That is the only road open to us.

I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it.

Great anger and violence can never build a nation.

By ancestry I was born to rule.

The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person

A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow mindedness.

I learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. Even as a boy I defeated my opponents without dishonoring them.

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you....As we are liberated from our fear our presence automatically liberates others.

As we are liberated from our own fear our presence automatically liberates others.

The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet; it was indeed balanced - between the unpalatable and the inedible.

It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education.

Freedom alone is not enough without light to read at night without time or access to water to irrigate your farm without the ability to catch fish to feed your family.

We slaughter one another in our words and attitudes. We slaughter one another in the stereotypes and mistrust that linger in our heads and the words of hate we spew from our lips.

If you look at those matters you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.

If we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others.

I am convinced that floods of personal disaster can never drown a determined revolutionary nor can the cumulus of misery that accompanies tragedy suffocate him.

I believe that in the end that it is kindness and accommodation that are all the catalysts for real change.

These numbers are staggering in fact incomprehensible. By all accounts we are dealing with the greatest health crisis in human history.

The collapse of good conscience and the absence of accountability and public scrutiny have led to crimes against humanity and violations of international law.

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.

Apart from life a strong constitusion and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name Rolihlahla

Sport has the power to change the world... Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.

I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.

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.

Whose life testifies to the truth that there is no shame in being oppressed: Those who should be ashamed are they who oppress others.

There is no such thing as part freedom.

The time has come to accept in our hearts and minds that with freedom comes responsibility.

Political division based on color is entirely artificial; and when it disappears so will the domination of one color group by another.

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.

Great peacemakers are all people of integrity of honesty but humility.

It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world it is the United States of America.

Our children are the rock on which our future will be built our greatest asset as a nation

Children are the most important asset in a country. For them to become that asset they must receive education and love from their parents.

He knew when to compromise. Yet he never compromised his principles. He was a militant. Yet a militant who knew how to plan assess concrete situations and emerge with rational solutions to problems.

Home is home even for those who aspire to serve wider interests and who have established their home of choice in distant regions.

Sport has the power to overcome old divisions and create the bond of common aspirations

It is my deepest conviction that the children should be seen and heard as our most treasured assets.

Only 50 years ago persons with intellectual disabilities were scorned isolated and neglected. Today they are able to attend school become employed and assimilate into their local community.

AIDS is our number one enemy. This enemy can be defeated. While the research for a cure continues four principles -- love support acceptance and care for those affected -- can make us winners.

We can't afford to be killing one another.

Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate

You negotiate in bad faith if you do not forgive your adversary.

Adversity cleanses the lethargies of man

To a freedom fighter hope is what a lifebelt is to a swimmer - a guarantee that one will keep afloat and free from danger.

The more informed you are the less arrogant and aggressive you are.

After climbing a great hill one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

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.

The Children's Hospital will be a credible demonstration of the commitment of African leaders to place the rights of children at the forefront. Nothing less would be enough.

Let us join hands and build a truly South African nation.

I have always regarded myself in the first place as an African patriot.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

Greece is the mother of democracy and South Africa is its youngest daughter

No child in Africa and in fact anywhere in the world should be denied education.

We shall immunize every child in Africa to get rid of this terrible disease forever.

Press Freedom will never be under threat in South Africa for as long as the ANC is the majority party

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.

The death sentence is a barbaric act.

If you want to make peace with your enemy you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela activist South African president Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1918)

Soccer is one of the most unifying activities amongst us.

Abject poverty is demeaning is an assault on the dignity of those that suffer it. In the end it demeans us all. It makes the freedom of all of us less meaningful.

Rhetoric is not important. Actions are.

Only through hardship sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.

The truth is we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free.

We don't have to be victims of our past that we can let go of our bitterness and that all of us can achieve greatness.

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

None of us acting alone can achieve the success.

I am confident that nobody... will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time while I am still in good health with my family my friends and also with myself.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

The victory of democracy in South Africa is the common achievement of all humanity.

The Church was as concerned with this world as the next: I saw that virtually all of the achievements of Africans seemed to have come about through the missionary work of the Church.

There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.

Unlike some politicians I can admit to a mistake.

I was called a terrorist yesterday... Today I am admired by the very people who said I was one.

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.

When we read we are able to travel to many places meet many people and understand the world.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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.

When we dehumanise and demonise our opponents we abandon the possibility of peacefully resolving our differences and seek to justify violence against them.

Although I am a gregarious person I love solitude even more.

I am the captain of my soul.

Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.

Part of building a new nation means building a spirit of tolerance love and respect amongst the people of this country.

We signal that good can be achieved amongst human beings who are prepared to trust prepared to believe in the goodness of people.

The histories of our two peoples Palestinian and South African correspond in such painful and poignant ways that I intensely feel myself being at home amongst compatriots

Disabled children are equally entitled to an exciting and brilliant future.

Courage is not the absence of fear "? it s inspiring others to move beyond it.

Our continent must be allowed to do its own things charting its course and destiny.

Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.

My son has died of AIDS.

Give a child love laughter and peace not AIDS.

AIDS is no longer just a disease it is a human rights issue.

We can't fight AIDS unless we do much more to fight TB as well.

Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it because [that is] the only way to make it appear like a normal illness

History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is the greatest danger we have faced for many many centuries. HIV/AIDS is worse than a war. It is like a world war. Millions of people are dying from it.

We cannot proclaim this century the African Century and then ignore the AIDS pandemic as some political leaders are apt to do. To claim this century the African Century is to declare war on AIDS.

The curious beauty about African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad story.

It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.

Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.

Living isn't just about doing for yourself but what you do for others as well.

Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one's commitment.

The anchor of all my dreams is the collective wisdom of mankind as a whole.

Racism is a blight on the human conscience

The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa and ensured the total liberation of Africa constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.

I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination...

Nothing is black or white.

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind I'd still be in prison.

Let each know that for each the body the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

Let your greatness bloom.

Even behind prison walls I can see the heavy clouds and the blue sky over the horizon

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.

Disasters will always come and go leaving their victims either completely broken or steeled and seasoned and better able to face the next crop of challenges that may occur.

Educating all of our children must be one of our most urgent priorities. We all know that education more than anything else improves our chances of building better lives.

Blaming things on the past does not make them better.

It's in your hands to make the world a better place.

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.

If there is one thing in this planet that has the power to bind people it is soccer.

Our fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are powerful beyond measure.

You can start changing our world for the better daily no matter how small the action.

It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.

Each of us as citizens has a role to play in creating a better world for our children

In order to build our nation we must all exceed our own expectations.

What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts

I have found Jews to be more broad-minded than most whites on issues of race and politics perhaps because they themselves have historically been victims of prejudice.

Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.

I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

You encourage people by seeing the good in them.

All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.

I commend #AIESEC's continuing efforts to develop the #future #business #leadership of our countries.

Detesto el racismo porque lo veo como algo barbárico ya venga de un hombre negro o un hombre blanco

As long as women are bound by poverty and as long as they are looked down upon human rights will lack substance.

MY greatest regret in life is that I never became the heavyweight boxing champion ofthe world.

I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.

Our hope is that the elementary reading of comics will lead to the joy of reading good books.

The Good News borne by our risen Messiah who chose not one race who chose not one country who chose not one language who chose not one tribe who chose all of humankind!

I was not born with a hunger to be free I was born free.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us it's in everyone.

The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.

Do not judge me by my success judge me by how many times I feel down and got back up again.

We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant gorgeous handsome talented and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be?

To the youth of today I also have a wish to make: be the scriptwriters of your destiny and feature yourselves as stars that showed the way towards a brighter future.

We recall the joy and excitement of a nation that had found itself the collective relief that we had stepped out of our restrictive past and the expectant air of walking into a brighter future.

A bright future beckons. The onus is on us through hard work honesty and integrity to reach for the stars.

In countries where innocent people are dying the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.

The brave man is not the one who has no fears he is the one who triumphs over his fears.

It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.

Let there be work bread water and salt for all.

Let us remind ourselves that it is ordinary people - men and women boys and girls - that make the world a special place

Poverty is not natural; it is man-made

Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun one's feet moving forward.

I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you the people.

There is nothing like a fixed steady aim with an honorable purpose. It dignifies your nature and insures your success.

I cannot overemphasise the value we place on a free independent and outspoken press

I have taken a moment here to rest to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me to look back on the distance I have come.

The real meaning of the spoken word has to be demonstrated by practical deeds

Let us give practical recognition to the injustices of the past by building a future based on equality&social justice

Poetry cannot block a bullet or still a sjambok but it can bear witness to brutality-thereby cultivating a flower in a graveyard.

It is my greatest wish that the Children's Fund should continue to be a beacon of hope and light.

For me nonviolence was not a moral principle but a strategy; there is no moral goodness in using an ineffective weapon.

I never think of the time I have lost. I just carry out a programme because it's there. It's mapped out for me.

One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.

It never hurts to think too highly of a person; often they become ennobled and act better because of it.

Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.

Although we had no hope of defeating the enemy in the battlefield nevertheless we fought back to keep the idea of liberation alive. From a conversation with Richard Stengel January 13 1993

I feel like a young man of 15.

It is a grave error for any leader to be oversensitive in the face of criticism

Whenever I am with energetic young people I feel like a recharged battery.

Lead from the front "? but don t leave your base behind.

When you are behind bars with no hope of release you need to find strength wherever you can. Personally I found strength in Michael Jackson.

Information is a basic human right and the fundamental foundation for the formation of democratic institutions.

Africans require want the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence.

I am influenced more than ever before by the conviction that social equality is the only basis of human happiness.

Once a person is determined to help themselves there is nothing that can stop them.

Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged not coerced to lead by example and disclose their HIV status.

I was not a messiah but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace.

Since the dawn of history mankind has honoured and respected brave and honest people.

I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world.

Those South Africans who berate me for being loyal to our friends literally they can go and throw themselves into a pool. I am not going to betray the trust of those who helped us.

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 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.

The impression that you are a demigod worried me. I wanted to be like an ordinary human being with virtues and vices.

I love playing and chatting with children...feed ing and putting them to bed with a little story and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my...life.

If you want the cooperation of humans around you you must make them feel they are important - and you do that by being genuine and humble.

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock letting the most nimble go out ahead whereupon the others follow not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

The Liberty Bell is "a very significant symbol for the entire democratic world.

The world remains beset by so much human suffering poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all especially the poor vulnerable and marginalized.

Lead from the back "? and let others believe they are in front.

I am not an optimist but a great believer of hope.

The relations between a man and his or her god is a personal matter; you can't go out and challenge the belief of people in a superior being.

If you want to make peace with your enemy you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in he has no choice but to become an outlaw.

Never never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.

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.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front.

You know you can only lead them from behind.

I want to sleep for eternity with a broad smile on my face. I want those who remain behind to say this man has done his duty.

Why is the United States behaving so arrogantly? All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.

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.

We should take heart from our own experience and performance. In a cynical world we have become an inspiration to many.

Our society needs to re-establish a culture of caring.

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.

There's one place where (Fidel Castro's) Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest "? that is in its love for human rights and liberty!

We raise our voices in holy gladness to celebrate the victory of the risen Christ over the terrible forces of death

Extremists on all sides thrive fed by the blood lust of centuries gone by.

Millions of people in the world's poorest countries remain enslaved by the chains of poverty. It is time to set them free.

Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

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.

Times change we need to change as well.

I was able to change my life by knowing that if somebody does something good for you you have to respond.

The most difficult matter is not so much to change the world as yourself.

One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself I could not change others.

If you want to change the world help the women.

Sport has the power to change the world...to inspire...to unite people.

You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.

Success in politics demands that you must take your people into confidence about your views and state them very clearly very politely very calmly but nevertheless state them openly.

It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right the right to dignity and a decent life . . .

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children my grandchildren and of course with my wife.

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.

There is a constant struggle between good an evil in the world. It is up to good people to choose the right side

For me survival is the ability to cope with difficulties with circumstances and to overcome them.

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.

We owe our children "? the most vulnerable citizens in any society "? a life free from violence and fear.

Keep your friends close "? and your rivals even closer.

Those who can't imagine change reveal the deficits of their imaginations not the difficulty of change.

The importance of a high moral code which is at the foundation of the Scout movement cannot be stressed too highly.

We must nurture tolerance collective wisdom and democracy.

No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.

I don't think there is much history can say about me. I just want to be remembered as part of that collective.

We can't win a war but we can win an election.

My respect for human beings is based not on the colour of a man's skin nor authority he may wield but purely on merit.

The greatest single challenge facing our globalised world is to combat and eradicate its disparities.

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen then you have something very special.

Men come and men go I have come and I will go when my time comes

In prison illusions can offer comfort.

You know you are really famous the day you discover you have become a comic character!

Where people of goodwill get together and transcend their differences for the common good peaceful and just solutions can be found even for those problems which seem most intractable.

The Commonwealth makes the world safe for diversity

The cause of Communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!

Our differences are our strength as a species and as a world community.

I admire young people who are concerned with the affairs of their community and nation perhaps because I also became involved in struggle whist I was still at school.

I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.

We must look within ourselves become responsible and provide fresh solutions if we ever want to do more than complain or make excuses.

If you don't intend having a compromise you don't negotiate at all.

You mustn't compromise your principles but you mustn't humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated.

Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.

Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.

Those who conduct themselves with morality integrity and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty.

It is your duty to examine the conduct of public figures and to place them in the spotlight - that is your duty.

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.

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.

One effect of sustained conflict is to narrow our vision of what is possible.

One effect of sustained conflict is to narrow our vision of what is possible. Time and time again conflicts are resolved through shifts that were unimaginable at the start.

Leaders will have to give clear and decisive leadership towards a world of tolerance and respect for difference and an uncompromising commitment to peaceful solutions of conflicts and disputes.

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.

True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

In the 21st Century the capacity to communicate will almost certainly be a key human right.

When I walked out of the gate I knew that if I continued to hate these people I was still in prison.

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty deprivation suffering gender and other discrimination.

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.

There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.

Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty.

I thank whatever gods may be / For my unconquerable soul. / I am the master of my fate / I am the captain of my soul.

From the poorest of countries to the richest of nations education is the key to moving forward in any society.

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.

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?

Money won't create success the freedom to make it will.

Sport can create hope where once there was only despair

The New World Order that is in the making must focus on the creation of a world of democracy peace and prosperity for all.

The path of those who preach love and not hatred is not easy. They often have to wear a crown of thorns.

Who could doubt that sport is a crucial window for the propagation of fair play and justice? After all fair play is a value that is essential to sport.

Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation

I came to accept that I have no right whatsoever to judge others in terms of my own customs however much I may be proud of such customs.

The time is always right to do right

The wounds that cannot be seen are more painful than those that can be treated by a doctor.

Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs if they can have no shelter if illiteracy and disease continue to dog them.

It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor.

I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now and will do so until the end of my days.

Jinnah is a constant source of inspiration for all those who are fighting against racial and group discrimination.

I have always endeavoured to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion.

No problem is so deep that it cannot be overcome given the will of all parties through discussion and negotiation rather than force and violence.

Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim who try over and over again who are never discouraged by insults humiliation and even defeat.

Out of the experience of extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud..

We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth opportunity and power in our society.

When we can sit in the face of insanity or dislikes and be free from the need to make it different then we are free.

The process of illusion & disillusionment is part of life and goes on endlessly.

I enjoyed the discipline and solitariness of long-distance running which allowed me to escape from the hurly-burly of school life.

If I am your leader you have to listen to me & if you don't want to listen to me then drop me as your leader

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die.

No matter what the past has dealt you don't let it destroy your future.

Thinking is one of the most important weapons in dealing with problems

South Africans must recall the terrible past so that we can deal with it forgiving where forgiveness is necessary but never forgetting.

I would like it to be said: here lies a man who has done his duty on earth

The best weapon is to sit down and talk.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

It only seems impossible until it's done.

It is always impossible until it is done.

It always seems impossible until its done.

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

A free press is one of the pillars of democracy.

I greet you all in the name of peace democracy and freedom for all.

I dream of our vast deserts of our forests of all our great wildernesses. We must never forget that it is our duty to protect this environment.

Hope is a powerful weapon and (one) no one power on earth can deprive you of.

I've never had a single moment of depression because I know my cause will triumph.

When those in power deny you of freedom the only path to freedom is power

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

No form of violence can ever be excused in a society that wishes to call itself decent

A real leader uses every issue no matter how serious and sensitive to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.

Politics can be strengthened by music but music has a potency that defies politics.

We tried in our simple way to lead our life in a manner that may make a difference to those of others.

What has sustained me even in the most grim moments is the knowledge that I am a member of a tried and tested family which has triumphed over many difficulties.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

No power on this earth can destroy the thirst for human dignity

There is nothing more dangerous than a humiliated man.

Sometimes strident often tender never afraid and seldom without humour Desmond Tutu's voice will always be the voice of the voiceless.

With freedom comes responsibilities and I dare not linger for my long walk has not ended yet.

Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.

Negotiation and discussion are the greatest weapons we have for promoting peace and development.

Education is the great engine to personal development.

Education has become a very powerful weapon in the struggle to produce a well-developed person.

Trade justice for the developing world and for this generation is a truly significant way for the developed countries to show commitment to bringing about an end to global poverty.

History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.

Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.

Teach the children that Africans are not one iota inferior to Europeans.

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.

Justice and I became friends though we were opposites in many ways - he was extroverted I was introverted; he was lighthearted I was serious.

The power of imagination created the illusion that my vision went much farther than the naked eye could actually see.

Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished

Video screenshot Facts and figures from Nelson Mandela's life set to the trailer from 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.' "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

An educated enlightened & informed population is one of the surest ways of promoting the health of a democracy

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. Any nation that is progressive is led by people who have had the privilege of studying.

Without education your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.

There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.

Live life as though nobody is watching and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

Other people have qualities that may be better than your own. Let them express them.

The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love.

In the end reconciliation is a spiritual process which requires more than just a legal framework. It has to happen in the hearts and minds of people.

It enables me to go to bed with an enriching feeling in my soul and the belief that I am changing myself.

Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.

Know your enemy "? and learn about his favorite sport.

I pay tribute to the endless heroism of youth.

Sport has the power to inspire and unite people. In Africa soccer enjoys great popularity and has a particular place in the hearts of people.

Prison life fortunately I spent a lot of years about 18 years with other prisoners and as I say they enriched your soul.

Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.

We forgive but not forgotten

There is nothing more important in life than giving. Tolerance is forged when people look beyond their own desires

Forget the past.

A movement without vision would be a movement without moral foundation.

There is no passion to be found playing small.

The freedom we enjoy is a richly textured gift handcrafted by ordinary folk

For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society

The history of struggle is rich with stories of heroes and heroines - some of them leaders some of them followers all of them deserve to be remembered.

We should never forget those on whose shoulders we stand and those who paid the supreme price for freedom.

It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.

Fools multiply when wise men are silent.

There is no future without forgiveness

I am fundamentally an optimist.

Take it upon yourself where you live to make people around you joyful and full of hope.

My family is very large. 42 million.

To be the father of a nation is a great honor but to be the father of a family is a greater joy.

Che Guevara's life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory.

The march to freedom is irreversible.

There's no such thing as part freedom.

While poverty persists there is no true freedom.

Force is the only language the imperialists can hear and no country became free without some sort of violence.

There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested...

I always knew that someday I would once again feel the grass under my feet and walk in the sunshine as a free man.

It's not our weaknesses that frighten us. It's our strengths.

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.

But the hard facts were that fifty years of non-violence had brought the African people nothing but more and more repressive legislation and fewer and fewer rights.

Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children.

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.

There is little favorable to be said about poverty but it was often an incubator of true friendship.

I know that throughout the world there are good men and women concerned with the greatest challenges facing society today - poverty illiteracy and disease.

The day I am afraid to do that is the day I am no longer fit to lead.

Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?

A government which uses force to maintain its rule teaches the oppressed to use force to oppose it.

Our experience has taught us that with goodwill a negotiated solution can be found for even the most profound problems.

It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of the people.

I say to all those leaders: Do not look the other way do not hesitate ... It is within your power to prevent a genocide.

History and the generations to come will judge our leaders by the decisions they make in the coming weeks.

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great you can be that generation

As long as poverty injustice and gross inequality persist in our world none of us can truly rest.

If you make one gift this year make it the gift of knowledge.

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.

Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets.

There is nobody more dangerous than one who has been humiliated even when you humiliate him rightly.

People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate they can be taught to love.

Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

I can't help it if the ladies take note of me; I am not going to protest.

There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal trimuph if you have the iron will and the neccessary skill.

The challenge for each one of you is to take up these ideals of tolerance and respect for others and put them to practical use in your schools your communities and throughout your lives.

We now undertake that we cannot rest while millions of our people suffer the pain and indignity of poverty in all its forms.

We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.

As we judge others so are we judged by others. The suspicious will always be tormented by suspicion.

I have often wondered whether a person is justified in neglecting his own family to fight for opportunities for others.

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

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.

We know what needs to be done -- all that is missing is the will to do it

Learn to know yourself... to search realistically and regularly the processes of your own mind and feelings.

There will be life after Mandela. On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind will say: 'The man who lies here has done his duty for his country and his people.'

If our expectations if our fondest prayers and dreams are not realized then we should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

Tread softly Brathe peacefully Laugh hysterically.

Let the efforts of us all prove that he [Martin Luther King] was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold

Our task is not to liberate the oppressed but to liberate the oppressors

When I walked out of prison that was my mission to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.

I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.

It was not lack of ability that limited my people but lack of opportunity.

Quitting is leading too.

The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

To truly lead one's people one must also truly know them.

Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art especially entertainment and music is understood by everybody and it lifts the spirits and the morale of those who hear it.

As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

If you are poor you are not likely to live long.

Together as a nation we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.

The time comes in the life of any nation when there remains only two choices - submit or fight.

Be a life long student read as many books as possible.

Sometimes I feel like one who is on the sidelines who has missed life itself.

It is what we make out of what we have not what we are given that separates one person from another.

My dream would be a multicultural society one that is diverse and where every man woman and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony.

I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.

If wealth is a magnet poverty is a kind of repellent.

I have never regarded any man as my superior either in my life outside or inside prison.

An organisation can only carry out its mandate if there is discipline and where there is no discipline there can be no real progress

When you are young and strongyou can stay alive on your hatred.but realized later They can take everything from me except my mind and heartNelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom

In many respects people on the outside suffered more than those of us in jail. In prison we ate three times a day we had clothing we had free medical services and we could sleep for 12 hours.

If you want to preach a revolutionary message wear a suit.

A new society cannot be created by reproducing the repugnant past however refined or enticingly repackaged.

If you are negotiating you must do so in a spirit of reconciliation not from the point of view of issuing ultimatums.

There is no doubt that the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like.

The question of education has nothing to do with the question of the vote. On numerous occasions it has been proved in history that people can enjoy the vote even if they have no education.

It reaffirmed my long-held belief that education was the enemy of prejudice. These were men and women of science and science had no room for racism.

Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would.

The call now is for each of us to ask ourselves: are we doing all we can to help build the country of our dreams?

Nadie nace odiando a otra persona por el color de su piel o su origen o su religión

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

The United States of America is a threat to world peace.

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

I watched along with all of you as the tens of thousands of our people stood patiently in long queues for many hours. Some sleeping on the open ground overnight waiting to cast this momentous vote.

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.

The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children.

I am not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

When we decided to take up arms it was because the only other choice was to surrender and to submit to slavery.

If you are stimulated by what you do you never get tired

Cuando el agua ha empezado a hervir apagar el fuego ya no sirve de nada