Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.
If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.
Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.
Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity.
Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times.
Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.
I would like to remind the black ministry and indeed all black people that God is not in the habit of coming down from heaven to solve people's problems on earth.
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
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.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Be careful what you say. Words do not only describe reality. Words create reality.
The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.
There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.
We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in.
You can't teach people everything they need to know.
The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
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.
You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
What Black Consciousness seeks to do is to produce real black people who do not regard themselves as appendages to white society. We do not need to apologise for this because it is true that the white systems have produced through the world a number of people who are not aware that they too are people.
Our experience over the last 20 years has shown that indeed people must themselves become their own liberators. You cannot wait for somebody else to come and rescue you.
It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior.
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.
It only seems impossible until it's done.
When a man is denied to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
It's always more important to be kind than to be right.
We should never become despondent because the weather is bad, nor should we turn triumphalist because the sun shines.
When you say 'Black is beautiful' you are saying, 'Man you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being'.
A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine.
If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. The he becomes your partner.
When will the day come that our dignity will be fully restored, when the purpose of our lives will no longer be merely to survive until the sun rises tomorrow!
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.
Every maker of video games knows something that the makers of curriculum don't seem to understand. You'll never see a video game being advertised as being easy. Kids who do not like school will tell you it's not because it's too hard. It's because it's--boring
The scandal of education is that every time you teach something, you deprive a [student] of the pleasure and benefit of discovery.
A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
Don't judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got up again
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.
It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
The great powers of the world may have done wonders in giving the world an industrial and military look but the great gift still has to come from Africa - giving the world a more human face.
My basic idea is that programming is the most powerful medium of developing the sophisticated and rigorous thinking needed for mathematics, for grammar, for physics, for statistics, for all the "hard" subjects.... In short, I believe more than ever that programming should be a key part of the intellectual development of people growing up.
It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
We must realise that prophetic cry of black students: Black man you are on your own!
Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask - when will we get a road to our village.