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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.
can I be expected to believe that this same racial discrimination
which has been the cause of so much injustice and suffering
right through the years, should now operate here to give me
a fair and open trial?....consider myself neither morally nor
legally obliged to obey laws made by a Parliament in which I
am not represented. That the will of the people is the basis
of the authority of government, is a principle universally acknowledged
as sacred throughout the civilized world.
have never cared very much for personal prizes. A man does not
become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards, but
when I was notified that I had won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize
jointly with Mr de Klerk, I was deeply moved. The Nobel Peace
Prize had a special meaning to me because of its involvement
with South African history.... The award was a tribute to all
South Africans and especially to those who fought in the struggle;
I would accept it on their behalf.
must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always
ripe to do right.
is the great engine of personal development. It is through education
that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son
of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child
of farm workers can become the president of a great nation.
It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given,
that separates one person from another.
was one of the things that worried me - to be raised to the
position of a semi-god - because then you are no longer a human
being. I wanted to be known as Mandela, a man with weaknesses,
some of which are fundamental, and a man who is committed, but
never the less, sometimes he fails to live up to expectations.
curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it
tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle
house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.
African music is often about the aspirations of the African
people, and it can ignite the political resolve of those who
might otherwise be indifferent to politics.
have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter;
I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the
secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that
there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here
to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds
me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only
rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities,
and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
always remember the axiom: a leader...is like a shepherd. He
stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead,
whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they
are being directed from behind.
regard it as a duty which I owed, not just to my people, but
also to my profession, to the practice of law, and to the justice
for all mankind, to cry out against this discrimination which
is essentially unjust and opposed to the whole basis of the
attitude towards justice which is part of the tradition of legal
training in this country. I believed that in taking up a stand
against this injustice I was upholding the dignity of what should
be an honorable profession.
Mandela - South African statesman. Born 1918. Nobel Peace Prize 1993.
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