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.

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.

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.

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.

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Be careful what you say. Words do not only describe reality. Words create reality.

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.

God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.

A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.

When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land.

They said Let us pray. We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

In the Bible, we first encounter God when he sides with a bunch of slaves against a powerful Pharaoh, an act of grace freely given.

I think that most of us would prefer to be popular than unpopular.

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Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.

I certainly know that I would not be able to survive if it were not for the fact that I am being upheld by the prayers of so many people.

In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society.

God is patient with us to become the God's children he wants us to be but you really can see him weeping.

All the United States, it is a society that is split like to the bottom, that had very poor people in the country that is one of the wealthiest countries.

What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?

In its history, Europe has committed so many massacres and horrors that it should bow its own head in shame.

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Let us celebrate Madiba together, and not let him down.

Europe became rich because it exploited Africa; and the Africans know that.

And every human being is precious.

I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday.

Hate has no place in the house of God.

It's a blessing that South Africa has a man like Nelson Mandela.

We would like to see you departing peacefully.

Many people would be surprised that, in fact, I'm quite shy.

I don't think I've ever felt that same kind of peace, the kind of serenity that I felt after acknowledging that maybe I was going to die of this TB.

As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil.

We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities.

The universe can take quite a while to deliver.

Niger is not an isolated island of desperation.

It lies within a sea of problems across Africa - particularly the 'forgotten emergencies' in poor countries or regions with little strategic or material appeal.

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.

You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

People often speak of God being even-handed.

God is not even-handed. God is biased, in favor of the weak, of the despised.

For Christians, who believe they are created in the image of God, it is the Godhead, diversity in unity and the three-in-oneness of God, which we and all creation reflect.

God is not upset that Gandhi was not a Christian, because God is not a Christian! All of God's children and their different faiths help us to realize the immensity of God.

Universal education is not only a moral imperative but an economic necessity, to pave the way toward making many more nations self-sufficient and self-sustaining.

Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.

The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.

I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't.

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies.

Oh, 1994, April 27. There won't be a day like that ever again. I mean, the sky was blue, with a blueness that had never been there before.

The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize, things that I said yesterday, with nobody paying too much attention, I say the same things after I got it - oh! It was quite crucial for people, and it helped our morale because apartheid did look invincible.

Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate.

And that's where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.

You stand out in the crowd only because you have these many, many carrying you on their shoulders.

God's love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion.

When we see the face of a child, we think of the future.

We think of their dreams about what they might become, and what they might accomplish.

Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?

Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.