Quotes by: Nelson Mandela
OMP RE OM AC CC OJ GCStJ QC GCIH BR
Mandela in Johannesburg, on 13 May 2008
|1st President of South Africa
10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999
F. W. de Klerk
||F. W. de Klerk
as State President
18 July 1918
Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
||5 December 2013
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
|Cause of death
||Respiratory tract infection
Qunu, Eastern Cape
31°48′21.8″S 28°36′52.7″E / 31.806056°S 28.614639°E
||African National Congress
|South African Communist Party
Evelyn Ntoko Mase (m. 1944; div. 1958)
Winnie Madikizela (m. 1958; div. 1996)
Graça Machel (m. 1998)
Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa
University of Fort Hare
UoL External Programme
University of South Africa
University of the Witwatersrand
Sakharov Prize (1988)
Bharat Ratna (1990)
Nobel Peace Prize (1993)
Order of Lenin
Presidential Medal of Freedom
||Long Walk to Freedom
Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.
The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture.
I came across few whites as a boy at Qunu. The local magistrate, of course, was white, as was the nearest shopkeeper. Occasionally, white travelers or policemen passed through our area. These whites appeared as grand as gods to me, and I was aware that they were to be treated with a mixture of fear and respect.
Even if you have a terminal disease, you don't have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.
Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.
Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.
The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.
From the beginning, Mandela and Tambo was besieged with clients. We were not the only African lawyers in South Africa, but we were the only firm of African lawyers. For Africans, we were the firm of first choice and last resort.
Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that's how they'll react. But if you say, 'We want peace, we want stability,' we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.
I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.
As an attorney, I could be rather flamboyant in court. I did not act as though I were a black man in a white man's court, but as if everyone else - white and black - was a guest in my court. When trying a case, I often made sweeping gestures and used high-flown language.
There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.
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.
On the first day of school, my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name and said that from thenceforth that was the name we would answer to in school. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education.
I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife.
The names of Dingane and Bambata, Hintsa and Makana, Squngthi and Dalasile, Moshoeshoe and Sekhukhuni, were praised as the glory of the entire African nation. I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle.