06 December 2013

Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words

GALLERY >> Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words

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Tibeca Film Festival Opening Day, with Bill Clinton, 2002

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society … it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” At the conclusion of his 1964 trial for sabotage and treason, for which he was jailed for 27 years."

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At Wembley Stadium, London, 1990

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

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Dinner in honour of Nelson Mandela, with Naomi Campbell, New York, 2005

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

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Visiting his former prison cell, Robben Island

“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.” From his 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom

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British royal tour of Africa, with Prince Charles and the Spice Girls, 1997

“Let freedom reign, God bless Africa!” At his 1994 inauguration as South Africa’s first black president.  

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State visit to Britain, with the Queen

“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.” From his 1994 autobiography Long Walk to Freedom

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British royal tour of Africa, with Prince Charles and the Spice Girls, 1997

‘‘They are my heroes ... This is one of the greatest moments of my life.’’ Mandela jokes on meeting the Spice Girls in 1997. 

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In Florida, America with Winnie Mandela, 1990

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” 

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With wife Winnie Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

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With wife Winnie Mandela

"One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself." In 1999, at a tribute to his friend Douw Steyn. 

In the coming days and weeks, countless words will be written and spoken about Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid hero, who has died peacefully at the age of 95. His immense influence cannot be overstated. He fought against white-minority rule with the African National Congress, a fight for which he sacrificed his personal freedom, spending 27 years imprisoned. A huge part of Mandela’s success and popularity as a statesman was his charisma, wisdom and his way with words.

Here, Grazia looks back at ten of his most remarkable quotes...

Read journalist Karen Bartlett's piece on the life of Nelson Mandela here.

By Christina Quaine


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Emily Nichols (Mon Dec 09 07:53:46 GMT 2013): Mandela had so many great things to say*