Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.— Nelson Mandela
Unexpected Long Walk To Freedom quotations
It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.
Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.
To be free . . . to walk the good American earth as equal citizens, to live without fear, to enjoy the fruits of our toil, to give our children every opportunity in life--that dream which we have held so long in our hearts is today the destiny that we hold in our hands.
I have never cared very much for personal prizes.
A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.
Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.
Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished
I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.
One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.
Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them;
one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.
Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one's commitment.
There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested.
Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow mindedness.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.
Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.
With freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk has not ended yet.
The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet;
it was indeed balanced - between the unpalatable and the inedible.
It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.
I learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. Even as a boy, I defeated my opponents without dishonoring them.
It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor.
I always knew that someday I would once again feel the grass under my feet and walk in the sunshine as a free man.
When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.
The victory of democracy in South Africa is the common achievement of all humanity.
In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility.
I read everything, but generally more fact than fiction - especially autobiographies and biographies. I've read 'Long Walk to Freedom' by Nelson Mandela at least twice on holiday. Every time, I'm totally awed by his vision, strength and forgiveness. I feel honoured to have got to know him and his wonderful wife Graca over the years.
People tell me the Netflix series, House of Cards, is sort of like my class come to life. The movie Margin Call portrays the realities of hierarchical relationships and rivalries beautifully, and how people respond when under pressure. Gandhi and Long Walk to Freedom both have the virtue of presenting larger-than-life figures in a more realistic way, showing their flaws and contradictions - their humanity - in a way that is very helpful.
I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.
Here was the freedom I desired, long sought-for, not yet known Freedom to write, to walk, to wander, freedom to climb hills, to pull a boat, to be alone.
Video screenshot Facts and figures from Nelson Mandela's life, set to the trailer from 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.' "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."