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Nelson Mandela quotes

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.

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.

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.

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

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

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?

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

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

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

We can't afford to be killing one another.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

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

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

I am confident that nobody... will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.

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

In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.