"Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all."
"Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose."
"Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will."
"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb."
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
"The majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future."
"I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man."
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."
"Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated."
"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
"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."
"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."
"The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet; it was indeed balanced — between the unpalatable and the inedible."
"If there 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."
"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."
"I learned 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 fear."
"There 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."
"I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands."
"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."
"During 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 society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
"I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it 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 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 rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended."
"In its proper meaning equality before the law means the right to participate in the making of the laws by which one is governed, a constitution which guarantees democratic rights to all sections of the population, the right to approach the court for protection or relief in the case of the violation of rights guaranteed in the constitution, and the right to take part in the administration of justice as judges, magistrates, attorneys-general, law advisers and similar positions. In the absence of these safeguards the phrase 'equality before the law', in so far as it is intended to apply to us, is meaningless and misleading. All the rights and privileges to which I have referred are monopolised by whites, and we enjoy none of them. The white man makes all the laws, he drags us before his courts and accuses us, and he sits in judgement over us."
Compiled by Thomas George