It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.
If you recall the happiest moments in your life, they are all from when you were doing something for somebody else.
Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin.
Give young people a greater voice. They are the future and they are much wiser than we give them credit for.
We learn from history that we don't learn from history!
My vote is my secret.
All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.
Part 2. It is how we free ourselves from our past errors. It is how we are able to move forward into our future, unfettered by the mistakes we have made.
Part 1. When we are willing to let down our defences and look honestly at our actions, we find there is a great freedom in asking for forgiveness and great strength in admitting the wrong.
It is not easy to admit one's wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. I am sorry are perhaps the three hardest words to say.
There are times when all of us have been thoughtless, selfish or cruel. But no act is unforgivable; no person is beyond redemption.
Forgiveness is simply about understanding that every one of us is both inherently good and inherently flawed.
Until we can forgive, we remain locked in our pain and locked out of the possibility of experiencing healing and freedom, locked out of the possibility of being at peace.
The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness.
We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.
We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose. We cannot afford to use methods of which we will be ashamed when we look back, when we say, '...we shouldn't have done that.'
Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
We would like to see you departing peacefully.
In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute -- a white skin.
For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.
Oh, 1994, April 27. There won't be a day like that ever again. I mean, the sky was blue, with a blueness that had never been there before.
Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.
As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities.
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
I've never doubted that apartheid -- because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil -- was going to bite the dust eventually.
I certainly know that I would not be able to survive if it were not for the fact that I am being upheld by the prayers of so many people.
In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society.
In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies.
We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.
Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.
Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.
It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.
Hate has no place in the house of God.
Many people would be surprised that, in fact, I'm quite shy.
What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?
I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.
I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't.
But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.
Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.