November 30, 2016

Nelson Mandela Quotes

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

“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.”

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

“Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.”

“Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.”

“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?”

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

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.”

“I have always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.”

“I have come to join you today to add our own voice to the universal call for Palestinian self-determination and statehood. We would be beneath our own reason for existence as government and as a nation, if the resolution of the problems of the Middle East did not feature prominently on our agenda.”

“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.”

“I looked into the vast dome of blue emptiness that stretched out above me in all directions and the illusion was still there, the size and speed, and what information they were sending to mother earth.”

“I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it’s difficult to say no.”

“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”

“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.”

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

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

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

“It always seems impossible, until it is done.”

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

“It’s a tragedy what is happening, what Bush is doing. All Bush wants is Iraqi oil. There is no doubt that the U.S. is behaving badly. Why are they not seeking to confiscate weapons of mass destruction from their ally Israel? This is just an excuse to get Iraq’s oil.”

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

“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.”

“Let’s hope that Ken Oosterbroek will be the last person to die.”

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign! The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement! God bless Africa!”

“No Easy Walk to Freedom by , Heinemann, 1990, p. 180 – ISBN: 9780435907822”

“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.”

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

“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Universal suffrage on a common voters’ roll in a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony.”

“Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud…. Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”

“Perhaps it was history that ordained that it be here, at the Cape of Good Hope that we should lay the foundation stone of our new nation. For it was here at this Cape, over three centuries ago, that there began the fateful convergence of the peoples of Africa, Europe and Asia on these shores.”

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

“The ANC has never at any period of its history advocated a revolutionary change in the economic structure of the country, nor has it, to the best of my recollection, ever condemned capitalist society.”

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

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“The names of those who were incarcerated on Robben Island is a roll call of resistance fighters and democrats spanning over three centuries. If indeed this is a Cape of Good Hope, that hope owes much to the spirit of that legion of fighters and others of their calibre.”

“The people of South Africa have spoken in these elections. They want change! And change is what they will get. Our plan is to create jobs, promote peace and reconciliation, and to guarantee freedom for all South Africans.”

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

“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.”

“The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“There is no such thing as part freedom.”

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

“There must be an end to white monopoly on political power, and a fundamental restructuring of our political and economic systems to ensure that the inequalities of apartheid are addressed and our society thoroughly democratized.”

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

“We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free. Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.”

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

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

“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.”

“What I am condemning is that one power, with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.”

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

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

“You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy.”