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 Nelson Mandela Quotes 

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When a man is denied denied the right to live the life he believes in believes in he has no choice but to become an outlaw. outlaw.

I am fundamentally fundamentally an optimist. optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. 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. despair. That way lays defeat defeat and death.

A good head and good heart are always a formidable formidable combination. But when you add to add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

For to be free is not merely merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances enhances the freedom of others.

Resentment Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

Overcoming Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery Slavery and Apartheid, Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man made and it can be overcome overcome and eradicated eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let Let your greatness blossom. blossom.

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind behind the flock, letting letting the most nimble nimble go out go out ahead, ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. behind.

One of the things I learned learned when I was negotiating negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution. retribution.

I had no epiphany, no singular singular revelation, no moment of truth moment of truth but a steady steady accumulation accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned imprisoned my people. There was no particular particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to devote myself to the liberation liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.

There can be no keener keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

Keep your friends close and your rivals rivals even closer.

Tread Tread softly

Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp grasp their history, appreciate appreciate their poetry, or savor savor their songs.

There is a universal respect and even admiration admiration for those who are humble humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.

We owe owe our children the most vulnerable vulnerable citizens in any society a life free from violence and fear.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

I shall stick to stick to our vow: vow: never, never under any circumstances, circumstances, to say anything unbecoming of the other...The trouble, of course, is that most successful men are prone prone to some form of vanity. vanity. There comes a stage in their lives when they consider consider it permissible to be egotistic and to brag to the public at large about their unique unique achievements.

He knew when to compromise. Yet he never compromised his principles. He was a militant. Yet a militant who knew how to plan, assess assess concrete situations and emerge emerge with rational rational solutions to problems.

We owe owe our children the most vulnerable vulnerable citizens in any society a life free from violence and fear.

It is better to lead from behind behind and to put others in front, especially especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate appreciate your leadership.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

Your victory has demonstrated demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.

A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle,and the oppressed oppressed is often often left no recourse recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor.At a point, one can only fight fire with fire fight fire with fire

Although Verwoerd thought Africans were lower than animals, his death did not yield us any pleasure. pleasure. Political assassination assassination is not something I or the ANC ever supported. It is a primitive primitive way of contending contending with an opponent opponent

Although I am a gregarious gregarious person, I love solitude solitude even more.

In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, dissident, for then one is without responsibility.

Politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies defies politics.

Like the gardener, a leader must take responsibility for what he cultivates; cultivates; he must mind his work, try to repel repel enemies, preserve preserve what can be preserved, preserved, and eliminate eliminate what cannot succeed.

Violence was the only weapon that would destroy apartheid. apartheid.

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

I wondered not for the first time whether one was ever justified justified in neglecting the welfare of one's own family in order to fight for the welfare of others. Can there be anything more important than looking after looking after one's aging mother? Is politics merely merely a pretext for shirking one's responsibilities, an excuse for not being able able to provide provide in the way one wanted?

I remember Mac retorting retorting that hundreds of years ago there was a Hindi word for a craft craft that flew in the air, long before the airplane was invented, but that did not mean mean that airplanes existed existed in ancient ancient India.

The gracefulness gracefulness of the slender slender fishing boats that glided into the harbor harbor in Dakar was equaled only by the elegance of the Senegalese women who sailed sailed through the city in flowing robes and turbaned heads. I wandered wandered through the nearby marketplace, intoxicated by the exotic exotic spices and perfumes. The Senegalese are a handsome people and I enjoyed the brief brief time that Oliver and I spent in their country. The society showed how disparate disparate elements French, Islamic, and African can mingle mingle to create a unique unique and distinctive distinctive culture.

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