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

We are extricating ourselves from a system that insulted our common humanity by dividing us from one another on the basis of race and setting us against each other as oppressed and oppressor. That system committed a crime against humanity.

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.

When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?

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

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.

My fellow South Africans, today we are entering a new era for our country and its people. Today we celebrate not the victory of a party, but a victory for all the people of South Africa.

One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image I unwittingly projected to the outside world; of being regarded as a saint.

Prison point stillness in a world moving

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.

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.

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.

We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of color.

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

When there is danger, a good leader takes the front line; but when there is celebration, a good leader stays in the back of the room.

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

Know your enemy ? and learn about his favorite sport.

My son has died of AIDS.

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

Racism is a blight on the human conscience. The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as sub-human, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods.

The big challenge facing all the prisoners, especially political prisoner is how to maintain the integrity of his mind and his body and come out of the prison without losing his faith and his convictions, but compounded and Inmiha.

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? 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.

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

We are not afraid of anything new experience, but we actually fear that we know how strong we are to achieve the impossible.

We stand here today as nothing more than a representative of the millions of our people who dared to rise up against a social system whose very essence is war, violence, racism, oppression, repression and the impoverishment of an entire people.

Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.

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