Man­dela in his own words

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“With­out lan­guage, one can­not talk to peo­ple and un­der­stand them; one can­not share their hopes and as­pi­ra­tions, grasp their his­tory, ap­pre­ci­ate their po­etry, or savour their songs.”

“It is through ed­u­ca­tion that the daugh­ter of a peas­ant can be­come a doc­tor, that the son of a mineworker can be­come the head of the mine, that a child of farm­work­ers can be­come the pres­i­dent of a great na­tion.”

“I am not truly free if I am tak­ing away some­one else's free­dom, just as surely as I am not free when my free­dom is taken from me.The op­pressed and the op­pres­sor alike are robbed of their hu­man­ity.” “The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the free­dom to be free, the right not to be op­pressed. We have not taken the fi­nal step of our jour­ney, but the first step on a longer and even more dif­fi­cult road. 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.”

“The time for the heal­ing of the wounds has come.The mo­ment to bridge the chasms that di­vide us has come.The time to build is upon us.”

“I do not want to be pre­sented as some de­ity. I would like to be re­mem­bered as an or­di­nary hu­man be­ing with virtues and vices.”

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