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Nelson Mandela

Quote of Nelson Mandela - I have walked that long road...

Biography - Nelson Mandela:

South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader.
Born: 1918 - Died: 2013
21st century
20th century
Place of birth: South Africa
South Africa

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.



(French, German)

J'ai parcouru ce long chemin vers la liberté. J'ai essayé de ne pas faiblir, j'ai fait beaucoup de faux pas. Mais j'ai découvert ce secret qu'après avoir gravi une haute colline, tout ce qu’on découvre c'est qu'il y en a encore beaucoup d'autres à gravir. Je me suis reposé ici un moment pour contempler le panorama magnifique qui m'entoure, pour regarder la distance parcourue. Mais je ne peux me reposer que pour un moment, car avec la liberté viennent les responsabilités, et je n'ose pas m'y attarder car ma longue promenade n'est pas terminée.

Ich bin jenen langen Weg zur Freiheit gegangen. Ich habe mich bemüht, nicht zu straucheln; ich habe während des Weges Fehltritte getan. Doch ich habe das Geheimnis entdeckt, dass man nach Besteigen eines großen Berges feststellt, dass rings viele weitere Berge zu besteigen sind. Ich habe hier für einen Augenblick eine Rast eingelegt, um einen Blick auf die gloreiche Aussicht um mich herum zu werfen, um auf die Wegstrecke zurückzuschauen, die ich heraufgekommen bin. Doch ich kann nur für einen Augenblick rasten, denn mit der Freiheit stellen sich Verantwortungen ein, und ich wage nicht zu verweilen, denn mein langer Weg ist noch nicht zu Ende.

See also 

See also...

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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.

Freedom has been wholly interpreted as a right, as a thing which people are entitled to claim, whereas what it really is above all is an obligation and a duty.

Freedom is not constituted primarily of privilege but of responsibilities.

Anything that increases freedom increases responsibility.

Quotes for: freedom


Quotes about freedom:

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Article IV – Liberty consists of doing anything which does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of each man has only those borders which assure other members of the society the enjoyment of these same rights. These borders can be determined only by the law.

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.

He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

Quotes for: responsibility


Quotes for: responsibility

Responsible one is not only for what you do but also for what it does not.

when we say that a man is responsible for himself, we do not only mean that he is responsible for his own individuality, but that he is responsible for all men.

We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.


Nelson Mandela also said...

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.

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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