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.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: South African

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Difficulties break some men but make others.

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

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.

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... Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

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 learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. Even as a boy, I defeated my opponents without dishonoring them.

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?

Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.

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

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.

Prison is a still point in a turning world, and it is very easy to remain in the same place in jail while the world moves on.

Prison is designed to break one's spirit and destroy one's resolve. To do this, the authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality--all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are.