To deny people of their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of huger and deprivation is to dehumanize them. But such has been the terrible fate of all black persons in our country under the system of apartheid.
The collapse of good conscience and the absence of accountability and public scrutiny have led to crimes against humanity and violations of international law.
The suffering inflicted, and more often than not on the most vulnerable sectors of society, demeans all of us as humanity. That it is invariably women, children, the aged and disabled who suffer in these conflicts stands to the added shame of humankind.
Out of the experience of extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud..
In Africa there is a concept known as ‘Ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.
I will use the rest of my life to help the poor overcome the problems confronting them – poverty is the greatest challenge facing humanity. That is why I build schools; I want to free people from poverty and illiteracy.
We are extricating ourselves from a system that insulted our common humanity by dividing us from one another on the basis of race and setting us against each other as oppressed and oppressor. That system committed a crime against humanity.
There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested…
Racism is blight on the human conscience. The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as subhuman, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods.
For every woman and girl violently attacked, we reduce our humanity. For every woman forced into unprotected sex because men demand this, we destroy dignity and pride. Every woman who has to sell her life for sex we condemn to a lifetime in prison. For every moment we remain silent, we conspire against our women. For every woman infected by HIV, we destroy a generation.
Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates. Let the strivings of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war.
Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness s to serve others -qualities which are within easy reach of every soul -are the foundation of one’s spiritual life.
People tend to measure themselves by external accomplishments, but jail allows a person to focus on internal ones; such as honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, generosity and an absence of variety. You learn to look into yourself.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.
It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
What he means by this is that instead of saying you’ll “try”, you need to “do”.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
If our expectations, if our fondest prayers and dreams, are not realized then we should all bear in mind that the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.
Honor belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark and grim, who try over and over again, and who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation and even defeat.
Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would.
Success in politics demands that you must take your people into confidence about your views and state them very clearly, very politely, very calmly, but nevertheless, state them openly.
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.
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.
There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.
It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair
The Good News borne by our risen Messiah who chose not one race, who chose not one country, who chose not one language, who chose not one tribe, who chose all of humankind!
One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.
Gandhi’s views on Satyagraha, Ahimsa, religion, self-sufficiency and poverty applied to South Africa as it did to India,
Together as a nation, we have the obligation to put sunshine into the hearts of our little ones. They are our precious possessions. They deserve what happiness life can offer.
“Young people are capable, when aroused, of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.”
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.
The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?