This week I’m sharing some quotes from the book Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. This is just a selection of my favourites from the book. I read this book many many years ago.
“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones”
“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”
“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… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”
“I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.”
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers 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.”
“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.”
Have you read this book? Do you have any favourite quotes from it? Would love to read them. Feel free to share them in the comments below.