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 no longer run barefoot"
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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 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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"I will never regret not denouncing apartheid"
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"Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England"
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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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"I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders"
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"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others"
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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
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"Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?"
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"Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements"
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"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb"
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"Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all"
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"Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement"
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"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership"
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"It always seems impossible until its done"
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