Quotes by: Nelson Mandela

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His Excellency
Nelson Mandela
OMP RE OM AC CC OJ GCStJ QC GCIH BR
Mandela in Johannesburg, on 13 May 2008
1st President of South Africa
In office
10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999
Deputy Thabo Mbeki
F. W. de Klerk
Preceded by F. W. de Klerk
as State President
Succeeded by Thabo Mbeki
Personal details
Born Rolihlahla Mandela
(1918-07-18)18 July 1918
Mvezo, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died 5 December 2013(2013-12-05) (aged 95)
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Cause of death Respiratory tract infection
Resting place Mandela Graveyard
Qunu, Eastern Cape
31°48′21.8″S 28°36′52.7″E / 31.806056°S 28.614639°E / -31.806056; 28.614639
Nationality South African
Political party African National Congress
Other political
affiliations
South African Communist Party
Spouse(s)
Evelyn Ntoko Mase (m. 1944; div. 1958) Winnie Madikizela (m. 1958; div. 1996) Graça Machel (m. 1998)
Children
Thembekile Mandela Makaziwe Mandela Makgatho Mandela Makaziwe Mandela Zenani Mandela Zindziswa Mandela
Parents Nosekeni Fanny
Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa
Alma mater
University of Fort Hare UoL External Programme University of South Africa University of the Witwatersrand
Occupation
Activist Politician Philanthropist Lawyer
Religion Methodist
Known for Anti-Apartheid Movement
Awards
Sakharov Prize (1988) Bharat Ratna (1990) Nobel Peace Prize (1993) Order of Lenin Presidential Medal of Freedom (hundreds more...)
Notable work(s) Long Walk to Freedom
Website www.nelsonmandela.org
Nickname(s) Madiba
Dalibunga

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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife.
Nelson Mandela
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.
Nelson Mandela
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