Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity.
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 remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
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 its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones
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 that there are many more hills to climb.
Where you stand depends on where you sit.
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.
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 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 as a sinner who keeps on trying.
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 enduring one: virtue and generosity will be rewarded in ways that one cannot know.
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…
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 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 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 citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.
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…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 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 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 chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
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 have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1918)