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.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Profession: Statesman
Nationality: South African

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History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.

I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments, produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.

In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.

I am the captain of my soul.

It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.

Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.

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

To be the father of a nation is a great honor, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

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.