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“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
There is nothing like returing to a place that remains uncganged to find how you yourself have altered.
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
“It 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.”
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.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
“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.”
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.
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 nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
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My grandfather, during his presidential years, he wore a watch, a Philippe Patek watch, and I've made that watch available because he gave me that watch and I think because he was such a committed person and always on time, even when he traveled abroad his watch remained on South African time which we found hilarious as a family, but that watch is also here on display.
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