is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
(North Node in Sagittarius conjunct Ascendant. Mercury & Saturn
in 9th house.)
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.
conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel,
within secure borders.
I dream of
the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine
in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of
our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
(Sun in Cancer)
that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The
brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that
(Sun in Cancer trine Moon in Scorpio. Mars in Libra.)
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
are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that
lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.
If you talk
to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you
talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
(Mercury in Leo in 9th house.)
If you want
to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then
he becomes your partner.
In my country
we go to prison first and then become President.
(Moon in 12th house square Saturn)
reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
(Uranus in Aquarius)
be work, bread, water and salt for all.
(Sun in Cancer)
create success, the freedom to make it will.
and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience
the oppression of one by another.
men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom
and mine cannot be separated.
glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time
be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it
treats its children.
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.
nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the
ways in which you yourself have altered.
We must use
time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
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 rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities,
and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.
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.”
(Saturn, Mercury & Neptune in Leo)
we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates
a leader... I have always endeavored to listen to what each and every
person in a discussion had to say before venturing my own opinion. Oftentimes,
my own opinion will simply represent a con-sensus of what I heard in
the discussion. I 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
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 nation.”
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.”
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.”
is said that no-one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its
jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens,
but its lowest ones.”
anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they
didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?”
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…”
freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
is no such thing as part freedom”
detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it
comes from a black man or a white man”
need to exert ourselves that much more, and break out of the vicious
cycle of dependence imposed on us by the financially powerful: those
in command of immense market power and those who dare to fashion the
world in their own image”
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.”
I think about the past, the types of things they did, I feel angry,
but then again that is my feeling. The brain always dominates, says,
as I have pointed out, you have a limited time to stay on Earth. You
must try and use that period to transform...”
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.”
(Mars in Libra in 11th house)
time comes in the life of any nation when there remains only two choices
- submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall
not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our
power in defense of our people.”
is one of the most important moments in the life of our country. I stand
here before you filled with deep pride and joy - pride in the ordinary,
humble people of this country.”
the sentence Your Worship sees fit to impose upon me for the crime for
which I have been convicted before this court may it rest assured that
when my sentence has been completed, I will still be moved as men are
always moved, by their conscience.”
the majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid
has no future. It has to be ended by our own decisive mass action in
order to build peace and security.”
cherish my own freedom dearly, but I care even more for your freedom.
Too many have died since I went to prison. Too many have suffered for
the love of freedom. I owe it to their widows, to their orphans, to
their mothers and their fathers…”
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.”
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.”
is, however, well known that the main national liberation organizations
in this country have consistently followed a policy of non-violence.
They have conducted themselves peaceably at all times, regardless of
government attacks and persecutions…”
my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African
people, I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against
black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free
all the observations I have made on the strike, none has brought forth
so much heat and emotion as the stress and emphasis we put on non- violence.”
hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations.
I have fought all my life; I fight now, and will do so until the end
of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion
I hold in high esteem, I detest most violently the set-up that surrounds
me here. It makes me feel that I am a Black man in a White man's court.
This should not be I should feel perfectly at ease and at home with
the assurance that I am being tried by a fellow South African, who does
not regard me as an inferior, entitled to a special type of justice.”
government has interpreted the peacefulness of the movement as a weakness:
the people's non-violent policies have been taken as a green light for
was much in such a society that was primitive and insecure and it certainly
could never measure up to the demands of the present epoch. But in such
a society are contained the seeds of revolutionary democracy in which
none will be held in slavery.”
good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when
you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very
before then was written off as savagery or barbarism. Any story that
involved heroism was about white people,”
South Africans who berate me for being loyal to our friends, literally
they can go and throw themselves into a pool. I am not going to betray
the trust of those who helped us.”