Top 100 Quotes of Recovering South African Ex-President Nelson Mandela

nelson mandelaBarack Obama has titled Nelson Mandela a “personal inspiration” before the meeting with the ailing anti-apartheid leader’s family.

The American President and his wife Michelle participate the private meeting but to pretend not to see the ninety-four-year-old former South African leader who is hospitalized.

The president of south africa says the country remains to pray for Nelson Mandela’s health as the beloved leader still in critical with stable condition.
Nelson mandela has given famous quotes on all sectors including race, religion, education, employment, politics. nelson mandela being a great leader who talks statements and quotations.

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.
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. Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
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. Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Although Verwoerd thought Africans were lower than animals, his death did not yield us any pleasure. Political assassination is not something I or the ANC ever supported. It is a primitive way of contending with an opponent Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
Appearances matter — and remember to smile. Money wont create success, the fredom to make it will
As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
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. Niente come tornare in un luogo rimasto immutato
As a leader…I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes, my own opinion will simply represent a consensus of what I heard in the discussion. I always remember the axiom: 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. No one i born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.
Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it. Nothing is black or white.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Of all the observations I have made on the strike, none has brought forth so much heat and emotion as the stress and emphasis we put on non- violence. Our most loyal supporters, whose courage and devotion has never been doubted, unanimously and strenuously disagreed with this approach and with the assurances we gave that we would not use any form of intimidation whatsoever to induce people to stay away from work. It was argued that the soil of our beloved country has been stained with the priceless blood of African patriots murdered by the Nationalist government in the course of peaceful and disciplined demonstrations to assert their claims and legitimate aspirations.
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? Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people, I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. 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 it needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. 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. One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. Only free men can negotiate,prisoners can’t enter in contracts
Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. 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. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.
For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.
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. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never explained.
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. Quitting is leading too.
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. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Having resentment against someone is like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation
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. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great…
How can I be expected to believe that this same racial discrimination which has been the cause of so much injustice and suffering right through the years, should now operate here to give me a fair and open trial?….consider myself neither morally nor legally obliged to obey laws made by a Parliament in which I am not represented. That the will of the people is the basis of the authority of government, is a principle universally acknowledged as sacred throughout the civilized world. 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.
I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE AND THE CAPTAIN OF MY DESTINY. That was one of the things that worried me – to be raised to the position of a semi-god – because then you are no longer a human being. I wanted to be known as Mandela, a man with weaknesses, some of which are fundamental, and a man who is committed, but never the less, sometimes he fails to live up to expectations.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope. African music is often about the aspirations of the African people, and it can ignite the political resolve of those who might otherwise be indifferent to politics.
I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope. The government has interpreted the peacefulness of the movement as a weakness: the people’s non-violent policies have been taken as a green light for government violence. Refusal to resort to force has been interpreted by the government as an invitation to use armed force against the people without any fear of reprisals.
I am the captain of my soul. The greatest glory in living
I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
I cherish my own freedom dearly, but I care even more for your freedom. Too many have died since I went to prison. Too many have suffered for the love of freedom. I owe it to their widows, to their orphans, to their mothers and their fathers, who have grieved and wept for them ….. Not only have I suffered during these long lonely wasted years. I am no less life-loving than you are. But I cannot sell the birthright of the people to be free ……. Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. The time comes in the life of any nation when there remains only two choices – submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defense of our people, our future, and our freedom.
I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind. 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.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
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. 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.
I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise. 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
I hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations. I have fought all my life; I fight now, and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most violently the set-up that surrounds me here. It makes me feel that I am a Black man in a White man’s court. This should not be I should feel perfectly at ease and at home with the assurance that I am being tried by a fellow South African, who does not regard me as an inferior, entitled to a special type of justice. 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.
I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A man does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards, but when I was notified that I had won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr de Klerk, I was deeply moved. The Nobel Peace Prize had a special meaning to me because of its involvement with South African history…. The award was a tribute to all South Africans and especially to those who fought in the struggle; I would accept it on their behalf. 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.
I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards. There is no such thing as part freedom
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. 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. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. 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. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. There is nothing like returning to a place that reminds unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
I learned that courage was not the abscence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. There was much in such a society that was primitive and insecure and it certainly could never measure up to the demands of the present epoch. But in such a society are contained the seeds of revolutionary democracy in which none will be held in slavery or servitude, and in which poverty, want and insecurity shall be no more. This is the inspiration which, even today, inspires me and my colleagues in our political struggle.
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. This is one of the most important moments in the life of our country. I stand here before you filled with deep pride and joy – pride in the ordinary, humble people of this country. You have shown such calm, patient determination to reclaim this country as your own, and now the joy that we can loudly proclaim from the rooftops – Free at last! Free at last! I stand before you humbled by your courage, with a heart full of love for you. I regard it as the highest honor to lead the ANC at this moment in our history. I am your servant…. It is not the individuals that matter, but the collective…. This is the time to heal the old wounds and build a new South Africa.
I regard it as a duty which I owed, not just to my people, but also to my profession, to the practice of law, and to the justice for all mankind, to cry out against this discrimination which is essentially unjust and opposed to the whole basis of the attitude towards justice which is part of the tradition of legal training in this country. I believed that in taking up a stand against this injustice I was upholding the dignity of what should be an honorable profession. Today the majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. The mass campaign of defiance and other actions of our organization and people can only culminate with the establishment of democracy …. The factors which necessitated the armed struggle still exist today. We have no option but to continue. We express the hope that a climate conducive to a negotiated settlement will be created soon so that there may no longer be the need for the armed struggle.
I shall stick to our vow: never, never under any circumstances, to say anything unbecoming of the other…The trouble, of course, is that most successful men are prone to some form of vanity. There comes a stage in their lives when they consider it permissible to be egotistic and to brag to the public at large about their unique achievements. Tread softly,
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. We all felt on top of the world. It was a justification for the sacrifices which had been made by our people since the arrival of whites in this country in 1652.
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. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
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. We forgive but not forgotten
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.
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) We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility. We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.
It always seems impossible until it’s done. 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.
It always seems impossible until it’s done. Whatever the sentence Your Worship sees fit to impose upon me for the crime for which I have been convicted before this court may it rest assured that when my sentence has been completed, I will still be moved as men are always moved, by their conscience. I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people. When I come out from serving my sentence, I will take up again, as best I can, the struggle for the removal of those injustices until they are finally abolished.
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. When I think about the past, the types of things they did, I feel angry, but then again that is my feeling. The brain always dominates, says, as I have pointed out, you have a limited time to stay on Earth. You must try and use that period to transform your country into what you desire it to be.
It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered. When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success. When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
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. Where you stand depends on where you sit.
It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. 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.
It is, however, well known that the main national liberation organizations in this country have consistently followed a policy of non-violence. They have conducted themselves peaceably at all times, regardless of government attacks and persecutions upon them, and despite all government-inspired attempts to provoke them to violence. They have done so because the people prefer peaceful methods of change to achieve their aspirations without the suffering and bitterness of civil war. You can see that, 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 mountain tops of our desires. Dangers and difficulties have not deterred us in the past, they will not frighten us now. But we must be prepared for them, like men who mean business and who do not waste energy in vain talk and idle action. The way of preparation for action lies in our rooting out all impurity and indiscipline from our organization and making it the bright and shining instrument that will cleave its way to Africa’s freedom.
It was the government that should have been told to refrain from its inhuman policy of violence and massacre, not the African people …. It was further argued that it is wrong and indefensible for a political Organization to repudiate picketing, which is used the world over as a legitimate form of pressure to prevent scabbing. Even up to the present day the question that is being asked with monotonous regularity up and down the country is this: is it politically correct to continue preaching peace and non-violence when dealing with a government whose barbaric practices have brought so much suffering and misery to Africans. You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
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.
i love playing and chatting with children…feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my…life. i like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. when you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.

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