I learned that courage was 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.Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (1995)
No one is 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 MandelaLong Walk to Freedom (1995)
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.Nelson MandelaRefusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison, as quoted in TIME (25 February 1985)
I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. But the problems are such that for anybody with a conscience who can use whatever influence he may have to try to bring about peace, it's difficult to say no.Nelson MandelaOn why he continues to be active in social and political issues.
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