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Nelson Mandela quotes

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

Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.

I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.

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.

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.

Forget the past.

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

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.

I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.

There is no such thing as part freedom.

Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.

Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged, not coerced, to lead by example and disclose their HIV status.

I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

By ancestry, I was born to rule.

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.

You know, you can only lead them from behind.

Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.

I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.