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Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Our March to Freedom is Irreversible (1990)

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Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Refusing to bargain for freedom after 21 years in prison, as quoted in TIME (25 February 1985)

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There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence - against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people. And I think the time has come for us to consider, in the light of our experiences at this day at home, whether the methods which we have applied so far are adequate.

~ Nelson Mandela
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In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face.

~ Steve Biko
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It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality.

~ Steve Biko
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You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway.

~ Steve Biko
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Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.

~ Steve Biko
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Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.

~ Steve Biko
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Black man, you are on your own.

~ Steve Biko
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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination

~ Nelson Mandela
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Today we are entering a new era for our country and its people. Today we celebrate not the victory of a party, but a victory for all the people of South Africa.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Inaugural speech (1994)

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There must be an end to white monopoly on political power, and a fundamental restructuring of our political and economic systems to ensure that the inequalities of apartheid are addressed and our society thoroughly democratized.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Our March to Freedom is Irreversible (1990)

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We speak here of the challenge of the dichotomies of war and peace, violence and non-violence, racism and human dignity, oppression and repression and liberty and human rights, poverty and freedom from want.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1993)

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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 Mandela

- Long Walk to Freedom (1995)

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Long Walk to Freedom (1995)

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Perhaps it was history that ordained that it be here, at the Cape of Good Hope that we should lay the foundation stone of our new nation. For it was here at this Cape, over three centuries ago, that there began the fateful convergence of the peoples of Africa, Europe and Asia on these shores.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Inaugural speech (1994)

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

~ Nelson Mandela
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What I am condemning is that one power, with a president [George W. Bush] who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Iraq War speech (2003)

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It's a tragedy what is happening, what Bush is doing. All Bush wants is Iraqi oil. There is no doubt that the U.S. is behaving badly. Why are they not seeking to confiscate weapons of mass destruction from their ally Israel? This is just an excuse to get Iraq's oil.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Iraq War speech (2003)

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I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

~ Nelson Mandela

- Long Walk to Freedom (1995)

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