Through his words and actions, Nelson Mandela has been embraced worldwide as our leading symbol of courage, hope and reconciliation.
In the Words of Nelson Mandela is a unique collection of quotations from one of the most admired men on the planet. His thoughts on subjects as diverse as humanity, friendship, oppression and freedom provide valuable insights into the man and all he stands for. By turns moving, revealing, humourous and wise, this book eloquently conveys his warmth and dignity, and his words are certain to inspire and give strength to all who read them.
On freedom: 'To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the lives of others' On boxing:'My greatest regret in life is that I never became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world' On self-respect: 'If you are in harmony with yourself, you may meet a lion without fear, because he respects anyone with self-confidence' An ideal reading accompaniment to the new film based on the South African President's autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom
This is the third Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations to be compiled by journalist and writer Jennifer Crwys-Williams. It is an all-new, 500-page slice of pure South Africana. Containing thousands of entries and spanning the first eight years of the 21st century, there is something for everyone in this invaluable 'Who said that?' handbook. From the serious to the profound, the poignant, embarrassing and the downright ridiculous, the public utterances of statesmen, comedians, political commentators, government ministers, sportsmen and many more are given a platform in this extensively researched collection. If you are a passionate follower of the ever-evolving South African story, or someone who enjoys the cut and thrust of debate on the political issues of the day, this book provides pithy, observant and broadly representative views of what engages the hearts, heads and minds of South Africans. If you need reminding about the Hefer Commission, or want to know what ANC president Jacob Zuma thinks about God and his party, look no further. If you're ready to relive the Hansie Cronje saga or to find comfort in Archbishop Desmond Tutu's unwavering stand on human rights over the years, or are simply curious to discover what chocolate has to do with the good life or what Barry Ronge thinks about gardening books, Crwys-Williams will not disappoint you. What was it that Nadine Gordimer said about Ronald Suresh Roberts and what has Aids done to all of us (especially to Manto Tshabalala-Msimang)? This is an essential reference guide: dip in and out of it, make notes in its margins, or use it to impress your friends with your brilliant grasp of current affairs. From the 'I wish I'd said that' view to the 'I wish I hadn't!', The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations caters for everyone.