It always seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: South African

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No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.

A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

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.

No one i born hating another person because of the colour 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.

It is not my ambition to marry a white woman or swim in a white pool. It is political equality that we want.

This document [the Reconstruction and Development Programme] was translated into a simpler manifesto called 'A Better Life for All', which in turn became the ANC's campaign slogan.

Only mass education, he used to say, would free my people, arguing that an educated man could not be oppressed because he could think for himself.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

Crime must be brought under control... Freedom without civility, freedom without the ability to live in peace, was not true freedom at all.

I waited with some anxiety, and suddenly, filling out the glass on the other side of the window was Winnie's lovely face. Winnie always dressed up for prison visits, and tried to wear something new and elegant. It was tremendously frustrating not to be able to touch me wife, to speak tenderly to her, to have a private moment together.

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

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and extend it. Your parents and elders sacrificed much so that you should have freedom without suffering what they did. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never return.

Later the island was turned into a leper colony, a lunatic asylum, and a naval base. The government had only recently turned the island back into a prison.