QUOTES BY WINNIE MANDELA

“When you strike a woman, you strike a rock.”

“I am the product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy.”

“I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.”

“Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.”

“As long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

“I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

“Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.”

“I have never been a cheerleader. I have always been a participant.”

“I will not allow anyone to walk beside me who thinks they are better than me.”

“In my country, we go to prison first and then become President.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

“We had no choice but to stand up and face the might of colonialism.”

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

“We dedicate the struggle of our people to all the women of our country – women who, from the very beginning of the struggle, emerged as leaders.”

“Women are the cornerstone of any society. They are the institution that holds a family together.”

“It is better to die for an ideal than to live without one.”

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”

“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.”

“The day should not be far off, when we shall have a people’s government, chosen by the people, working for the people, protecting the interests of the people.”

“I cannot forget my pain, but I can forgive.”

“Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.”

“There is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.”

“Don’t sit back and wait for your dreams to come true, go out and make them happen.”

“Do not be afraid of the difficulties you encounter. They are stepping stones on the path of success.”

“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.”

“You strike a woman, you strike a rock. You touch a rock, and you can get hurt.”

“I will do anything for my people. My conscience and my people are the two greatest things in the world.”

“Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language… It is to say, ‘My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.'”

“The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.”