Quotes by South African authors


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"I found them uncomfortable and after that I decided to continue running barefoot because I found it more comfortable. I felt more in touch with what was happening - I could actually feel the track"
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"Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town"
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"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination"
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"Looking back... it's hard to understand what all the fuss was about as things changed in just a few years. When you look at all the things that have happened in the world, it seems very small"
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"I have strong views about South African politics and I still don't feel I need to make public statements"
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"I no longer run barefoot"
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"I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man"
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"In my country we go to prison first and then become President"
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"Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask - when will we get a road to our village"
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"Love is mutually feeding each other, not one living on another like a ghoul"
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"Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England"
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"I will never regret not denouncing apartheid"
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"I can drink tea until the cows come home and I love the atmosphere in tea-shops"
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"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner"
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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart"
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"If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness"
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"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers"
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"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"
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"I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses"
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"I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself"
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"When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat"
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"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right"
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"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered"
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"There is no such thing as part freedom"
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"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living"
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"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires"
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"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children"
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"Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated"
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"Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another"
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"Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will"
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