Nelson Mandela, fully Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson
Mandela, fully Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
1918
2013

South African President, Anti-Apartheid Activist, Leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Author Quotes

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

Religion is one of the most important forces in the world. Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew, or a Hindu, religion is a great force, and it can help one have command of one's own morality, one's own behavior, and one's own attitude.

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?

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.

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

We do not believe that this Nobel Peace Prize is intended as a commendation for matters that have happened and passed. We hear the voices which say that it is an appeal from all those, throughout the universe, who sought an end to the system of apartheid. We understand their call, that we devote what remains of our lives to the use of our country's unique and painful experience to demonstrate, in practice, that the normal condition for human existence is democracy, justice, peace, non-racism, non-sexism, prosperity for everybody, a healthy environment and equality and solidarity among the peoples. Moved by that appeal and inspired by the eminence you have thrust upon us, we undertake that we too will do what we can to contribute to the renewal of our world so that none should, in future, be described as the "wretched of the earth".

We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. 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.

It is now in the hands of your generations to help rid the world of such suffering.

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

No power on earth can stop an oppressed people determined to win their freedom.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We we're born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us: it's in everyone. And when 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.

Remember to smile.

The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.

There are thousands of people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence ? against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people. And I think the time has come for us to consider, in the light of our experiences at this day at home, whether the methods which we have applied so far are adequate.

To go to prison because of your convictions and be prepared to suffer for what you believe in, is something worthwhile. It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on earth irrespective of the consequences.

We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without and fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity - a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world

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.

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

Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates.

No, no, no, everything is all right. I have regular medical check-ups and they say I won?t die this week.

Our demand is for a non-racial society... We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of color... It's not a question of race; it's a question of ideas.

Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.

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.

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.

Today we are a nation at peace with itself, united in our diversity, not only proclaiming but living out the contention that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. We take our place amongst the nations of the world, confident and proud in being an African country.

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First Name
Nelson
Last Name
Mandela, fully Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Birth Date
1918
Death Date
2013
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South African President, Anti-Apartheid Activist, Leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress, Awarded Nobel Peace Prize