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Nelson Mandela

Lead from the front — but don t leave your base…

Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.

Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.

Lead from the back — and let others believe the…

Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.

Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.

It was not lack of ability that limited my peop…

It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity.

It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity.

It is said that no one truly knows a nation unt…

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.

There is nothing like returning to a place that…

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

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

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to t…

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic…

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats …

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones

A blind pursuit of cheap popularity has nothing…

A blind pursuit of cheap popularity has nothing to do with revolution."[Political Report of the National Executive Committee to the forty-ninth A.N.C. National Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 17 December 1994]

A blind pursuit of cheap popularity has nothing to do with revolution.”[Political Report of the National Executive Committee to the forty-ninth A.N.C. National Conference, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 17 December 1994]

After climbing a great hill, one only finds tha…

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have…

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only…

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

There is little to be said in favour of poverty…

There is little to be said in favour of poverty, but it was often an incubator of true friendship. Many people will appear to befriend you when you are wealthy, but precious few will do the same when you are poor

There is little to be said in favour of poverty, but it was often an incubator of true friendship. Many people will appear to befriend you when you are wealthy, but precious few will do…

Ik heb altijd gevonden dat lichaamsbeweging nie…

Ik heb altijd gevonden dat lichaamsbeweging niet alleen de sleutel is tot fysieke gezondheid, maar ook tot gemoedsrust. [...] Lichaamsbeweging verdrijft spanning en spanning is de vijand van sereniteit.

Ik heb altijd gevonden dat lichaamsbeweging niet alleen de sleutel is tot fysieke gezondheid, maar ook tot gemoedsrust. […] Lichaamsbeweging verdrijft spanning en spanning is de vijand van sereniteit.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint a…

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

There is a universal respect and even admiratio…

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

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

It is a simple tale, but its message is an endu…

It is a simple tale, but its message is an enduring one: virtue and generosity will be rewarded in ways that one cannot know.

It is a simple tale, but its message is an enduring one: virtue and generosity will be rewarded in ways that one cannot know.

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity….

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."[ Live 8 Concert, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 July 2005]

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”[ Live 8 Concert, Mary…

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for th…

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

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

As I walked out the door toward the gate that w…

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.

Without language, one cannot talk to people and…

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

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

If you talk to a man in a language he understan…

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citiz…

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

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

I wondered–not for the first time–whether one…

I wondered--not for the first time--whether one was ever 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 one's aging mother? Is politics merely a pretext for shirking one's responsibilities, an excuse for not being able to provide in the way one wanted?

I wondered–not for the first time–whether one was ever 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…

i love playing and chatting with children…fee…

i love playing and chatting with children...feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my...life. i like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. when you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.

i love playing and chatting with children…feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my…life. i like relaxing at the house, reading quietly,…

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behin…

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

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

When you are young and strong…you can stay al…

When you are young and strong...you can stay alive on your hatred"....but realized later "They can take everything from me except my mind and heart"Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom

When you are young and strong…you can stay alive on your hatred”….but realized later “They can take everything from me except my mind and heart”Nelson Mandela from Long Walk to Freedom

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s …

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

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

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly an…

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.

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…

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you …

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1918)

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1918)

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