Especially for those of us who lived in single cells, you had the time to sit down and think, and we discovered that sitting down just to think is one of the best ways of keeping yourself fresh and able, to be able to address the problems facing you, and you had the opportunity, also, of examining your past.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: South African

Some suggestions for you :

As an attorney, I could be rather flamboyant in court. I did not act as though I were a black man in a white man's court, but as if everyone else - white and black - was a guest in my court. When trying a case, I often made sweeping gestures and used high-flown language.

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.

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.

If I preached unity, I must act like a unifier, even at the risk of perhaps alienating some of my own colleagues.

Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.

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

The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.

I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world.

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

I discovered for the first time people of my own age firmly aligned with the liberation struggle, who were prepared, despite their relative privilege, to sacrifice themselves of the cause of the oppressed.

I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot.

If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.

I was first imprisoned in Pretoria, and then, thereafter, I was taken to Robben Island. I stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was taken back to Pretoria when I was charged in the Rivonia trial, when I was then sent to Robben Island for life.

Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.