Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brace man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
It is better to lead from behind and to put other 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.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
Forget the past
Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.
There is no passion to be found plying small – in setting for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
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.
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 role for their country.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
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 others.
No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.
If talk to man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.
I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.
I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in 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.
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.
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
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.
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Only free man can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.
My son has died of AIDS.
Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.
Any man or institution that tries to rob me o my dignity will lose.