Nelson Mandela Love Quote and Sayings
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliɬaɬa manˈdeːla];), born 18 July 1918, served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first South-African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes committed while he led the movement against apartheid. In accordance with his conviction’s sentence, Mandela served 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela supported reconciliation and negotiation, and helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa.
Since the end of apartheid, many have frequently praised Mandela, including former opponents. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela’s clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela.
Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades, most notably the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced that Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, is to be known as ‘Mandela Day’ to mark his contribution to world freedom.
Sayings by Nelson Mandela
1. I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all! I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.
2. True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.
3. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
4. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
5. 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.
6. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
7. During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
8. I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
9. We are really appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the U.N. and attacks independent countries, No country should be allowed to take the law into their own hands.
10. 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.
11. How can I be expected to believe that this same racial discrimination which has been the cause of so much injustice and suffering right through the years, should now operate here to give me a fair and open trial?….consider myself neither morally nor legally obliged to obey laws made by a Parliament in which I am not represented. That the will of the people is the basis of the authority of government, is a principle universally acknowledged as sacred throughout the civilized world.
12. I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A man does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards, but when I was notified that I had won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr de Klerk, I was deeply moved. The Nobel Peace Prize had a special meaning to me because of its involvement with South African history…. The award was a tribute to all South Africans and especially to those who fought in the struggle; I would accept it on their behalf.
13. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
14. Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
15. I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. 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. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
16. I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. I tell them that I was also a terrorist yesterday, but, today, I am admired by the very people who said I was one.
17. Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets.
18. I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it’s difficult to say no.
19. Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires that the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded.
20. As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.. Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
24. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
28. Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
29. One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
30. 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.
31. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
32. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
33. Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation.
34. When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
35. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
36. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
37. 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.
38. Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.
39. You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
40. 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.
41. Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.