"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."

"A winner is a dreamer who never gives up."

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


"Appearances matter — and remember to smile."

"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.

"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest."

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

"Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it."

"Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

"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."

"I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."

"I am the captain of my soul."

"I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself."

"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."

"I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

"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. "

"If you are poor, you are not likely to live long."

"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."

"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

"It is better to lead from behind and to put others 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."

"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones."

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

"One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others."

"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."

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom."

"Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people."

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

"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."

"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."

"There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease."

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

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

"We can't afford to be killing one another."

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

"When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw."

"When people are determined they can overcome anything."

"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."

"Where you stand depends on where you sit."

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