Quotes by South African authors


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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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"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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"When will the day come that our dignity will be fully restored, when the purpose of our lives will no longer be merely to survive until the sun rises tomorrow!"
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"That surely must be a concern to anyone who decides this drug must be given to stop transmissions, again from mother to child, which is extremely costly and must be taken into account"
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"I don't imagine Heads of Government would ever be able to say I'm not an economist therefore I can't take decisions on matters of the economy; I'm not a soldier I can't take decisions on matters of defence; I'm not an educationist so I can't take decisions about education"
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"We've had a long wrangle with the pharmaceutical industry about parallel imports, and what we were saying is we want to make medicines and drugs as affordable as a possible to what is largely a poor population"
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"One of the things that became clear, and which was actually rather disturbing, was the fact that there was a view which was being expressed by people whose scientific credentials you can't question"
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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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"I get a sense that we've all been educated into one school of thought. I'm not surprised at all to find among the overwhelming majority of scientists, are people who would hold one particular view because that's all they're exposed to"
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"A matter that seems to be very clear in terms of the alternative view, is what do you expect to happen in Africa with regard to immune systems, where people are poor, subject to repeat infections and all of that. Surely you would expect their immune systems to collapse"
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"The concern around probable questions, which in a sense have been hidden, will grow around the world and the matter is critical, the reason we are doing all this is so we can respond correctly to what is reported to be a major catastrophe on the African continent"
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"South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white"
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"It's very worrying at this time in the world that any point of view should be prohibited, that's banned, there are heretics that should be burned at the stake"
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"We are not being arrogant or complacent when we are said that our country, as a united nation, has never in its entire history, enjoyed such a confluence of encouraging possibilities"
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"It wouldn't sit easily on one's conscience that you had been warned and there could be danger, but nevertheless you went ahead and said let's dispense these drugs"
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"Well, because lots of questions had been raised about the toxicity of the drug, which is very serious"
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"Together we have travelled a long road to be where we are today. This has been a road of struggle against colonial and apartheid oppression"
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"If we only said safe sex, use a condom, we won't stop the spread of AIDS in this country"
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"We will continue to count on your unwavering support and commitment to working with leaders of our continent in bringing about the desired renaissance of Africa"
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"The poor prey on one another because their lives offer no hope and communicate the tragic message to these human beings that they have no possibility to attain a decent standard of living"
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"If you sit in a position where decisions that you take would have a serious effect on people, you can't ignore a lot of experience around the world which says this drug has these negative effects"
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"I say that why don't we bring all points of view. Sit around a table and discuss this evidence, and produce evidence as it may be, and let's see what the outcome is, which is why we are having this International panel which we are all talking about"
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