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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Those who oppressed us described us as the Dark Continent!"
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"South Africa was to evolve into the most pernicious example of the criminal practise of colonial and white minority domination"
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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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"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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"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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"As a consequence of the victories we have registered during our first ten years of freedom, we have laid a firm foundation for the new advances we must and will make during the next decade"
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