“Success in politics demands that you must take your people into confidence about your views and state them very clearly, very politely, very calmly, but nevertheless, state them openly.”

Nelson Mandela

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1918)”

Nelson Mandela

“On the first day of school, my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name and said that from thenceforth that was the name we would answer to in school. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture. Africans of my generation—and even today—generally have both an English and an African name. Whites were either unable or unwilling to pronounce an African name, and considered it uncivilized to have one. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why she bestowed this particular name upon me I have no idea. Perhaps it had something to do with the great British sea captain Lord Nelson, but that would be only a guess.”

Nelson Mandela

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

Nelson Mandela

“As Chief Luthuli said, 'When the women begin to take an active part in the struggle, no power on earth can stop us from achieving freedom in our lifetime.”

Nelson Mandela

“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there was mercy and generosity.”

Nelson Mandela

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

Nelson Mandela

“It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.”

Nelson Mandela

“Een leider, zegt hij, is als een herder. Hij blijft achter de kudde en laat de behendigste voorlopen, waarop de anderen volgen, zonder te beseffen dat ze steeds vanuit de achterhoede worden geleid.”

Nelson Mandela

“Politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics.”

Nelson Mandela

“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.”

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”

Nelson Mandela

“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”

Nelson Mandela

“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.”

Nelson Mandela


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