Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
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.
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
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
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. Nelson Mandela and The Language of Leaders.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela's Confidence to Inspire
Even when bad things happen you have to try to use those bad things in a positive manner and really just take the positive out of it.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination.
But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Easier to climb up, than to just hang on.
There was never a great man who had not a great mother.
Everything has two sides -- the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.
Be careful what you say. Words do not only describe reality. Words create reality.
How could I have been anyone other than me?
I just want to be myself and go for my own dreams and goals.
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity.
A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.
Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today.
This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. The he becomes your partner.
My mom has made it possible for me to be who I am.
Our family is everything. Her greatest skill was encouraging me to find my own person and own independence.
Men are like the earth and we are the moon;
we turn always one side to them, and they think there is no other, because they don't see it -- but there is.
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those that are sad.
It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
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.
Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.
Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
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.
It only seems impossible until it's done.
Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is.
I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Time is change; we measure its passing by how much things alter.
From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.
Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Racial discrimination, South Africa's economic power, its oppression and exploitation of all the black peoples, are part and parcel of the same thing.
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
I still find that a kind of stricture of the heart happens when I see any form of bigoted or racist behaviour. I get an actual pain in my heart.
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.
These deserters were our undoing. I shall have a good deal more to say about them before I finally lay down my pen, and I shall not hesitate to call them by their true name, the name with which they will be for ever branded before all the nations of the world.
I remember winning the first time, you know, suddenly everybody expects, well, okay, now he should win every time he tees it up, win six tournaments.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
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.
Many have changed so much that they have lost the magic of the dream that carried them on their own bootstraps.