Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. 

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By ancestry I was born to rule.

Money won't create success the freedom to make it will.

There is no such thing as part freedom.

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.

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources those who are poor illiterate and ridden with terminal disease.

I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

Where globalization means as it so often does that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.

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

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

If you are poor you are not likely to live long.

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

Unlike some politicians I can admit to a mistake.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

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