Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. 

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Let there be work bread water and salt for all.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

After climbing a great hill one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

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.

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.

Only free men can negotiate, prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

We can't afford to be killing one another.

Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

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.

I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and whilst abroad underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you the people.

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel within secure borders.

I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children my grandchildren and of course with my wife.

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