|Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela |
(1918 - 2013)
"Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world."
"Courage [is] 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."
"A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination."
"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."
"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."
"To be free is not merely to cast off
one's chains, but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedoms of others."
"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."
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
"After climbing a great hill, one only finds
that there are many more hills to climb."
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's
soul than the way in which it treats its children."
"We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right."
"I detest racialism, because I regard it
as a barbaric thing, whether it comes
from a black man or a white man."
"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."
"Money won't create success,
the freedom to make it will."
"There is nothing like returning to a place
that remains unchanged to find the ways
in which you yourself have altered."
"Does anybody really think that they didn't get
what they had because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?"
"Any man or institution that tries
to rob me of my dignity will lose."
"To deny people their human rights
is to challenge their very humanity."
"Courageous people do not fear
forgiving, for the sake of peace."
"When the water starts boiling,
it is foolish to turn off the heat."
"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."
"It is wise to persuade people to do things
and make them think it as their own idea."
"There is no such thing as part freedom."