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.
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.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would.
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
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.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
It only seems impossible until it's done.
Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
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.
Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. The he becomes your partner.
If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
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.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself. An epitome for Peace
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.
There is no such thing as part freedom.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa's leading organization - and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think.
I do not deny that I planned sabotage.
I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender.
Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.
I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency.
Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.
Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.
I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.
It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.
I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer.
Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President. Apartheid Documentary
I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.
We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech
Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.
I realized quickly what Mandela and Tambo meant to ordinary Africans.
It was a place where they could come and find a sympathetic ear and a competent ally, a place where they would not be either turned away or cheated, a place where they might actually feel proud to be represented by men of their own skin color.
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 cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife.
Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality.
There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people.
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.
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
I am confident that nobody... will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.
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.
In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.