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

The prison warden partners in a plot aimed at the first one robbed human dignity.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered... The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall... Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again... After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb... I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it... Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

Tread softly; breathe peacefully; laugh hysterically.

We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity ? a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.

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.

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.

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.

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

Nothing like returning to a place unchanged.

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? 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.

Surrender to despair is the way to failure and certain death

The sight of wounded and whipped Zulus, mercilessly abandoned by their British persecutors, so appalled him that he turned full circle from his admiration for all things British to celebrating the indigenous and ethnic. He resuscitated the culture of the colonized and the fullness of Indian resistance against the British; he revived Indian handicrafts and made these into an economic weapon against the colonizer in his call for swadeshi ? the use of one's own and the boycott of the oppressor's products, which deprive the people of their skills and their capital.

There is one compromise and one only, and that is the United Nations. If the United States and Britain go to the United Nations and the United Nations says we have concrete evidence of the existence of these weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we feel that we must do something about it, we would all support it... 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. And of course we must consider the men and the women around the president. Gen. Colin Powell commanded the United States army in peacetime and in wartime during the Gulf war. He knows the disastrous effect of international tension and war, when innocent people are going to die, young men are going to die. He knows and he showed this after September 11 last year. He went around briefing the allies of the United States of America and asking for their support for the war in Afghanistan. Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, they are people who are unfortunately misleading the president. Because my impression of the president is that this is a man with whom you can do business. But it is the men who around him who are dinosaurs, who do not want him to belong to the modern age.

True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

We live in a world where knowledge and information have made enormous strides, yet millions of children are not in school. We live in a world where the AIDS pandemic threatens the very fabric of our lives.

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

It can be said that there are four basic and primary things that the mass of people in a society wish for: to live in a safe environment, to be able to work and provide for themselves, to have access to good public health and to have sound educational opportunities for their children.

It will forever remain an accusation and a challenge to all men and women of conscience that it took as long as it has before all of us stood up to say 'enough is enough'.

Long speeches, the shaking of fists, the banging of tables and strongly worded resolutions out of touch with the objective conditions do not bring about mass action and can do a great deal of harm to the organization and the struggle we serve.

Now is the time for celebration, for South Africans to join together to celebrate the birth of democracy. I raise a glass to you all for working so hard to achieve what can only be called a small miracle. Let our celebrations be in keeping with the mood set in the elections, peaceful, respectful and disciplined, showing we are a people ready to assume the responsibilities of government. I promise that I will do my best to be worthy of the faith and confidence you have placed in me and my organization, the African National Congress. Let us build the future together, and toast a better life for all South Africans.

Overcoming fear, personal scarifies for the cause of freedom of all, and ability to see good in your enemies ? No one is born hating another person because of the color of your skin, or his background, or his religion ? if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.

Take away a man who is the same freedom becomes a captive of malice and hatred lives behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness.

The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.

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 lies defeat and death.

Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.

Author Picture
First Name
Nelson
Last Name
Mandela, fully Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Birth Date
1918
Death Date
2013
Bio

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