Quotes by South African authors

South African FlagSouth African Quotes provide a fascinating understanding into the history, culture, as well as spirit of South Africa, a country that has actually long been a sign of resilience and social justice. From words of fantastic leaders and also lobbyists to the adages passed down through generations, South African Quotes reflect the wisdom, wit, and also stamina southern African people. These quotes speak with the country's rich artistic as well as musical customs, along with its ongoing battle for liberty and equality. They additionally show the obstacles as well as battles that the country has actually dealt with, from the scaries of racism to the continuous fight versus destitution and inequality. Whether you are a site visitor to South Africa or a proud South African, the understandings and also knowledge discovered in South African Quotes make sure to enlighten and motivate. Come, discover the rich background and society of this exceptional nation, through words and knowledge of its people.
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Small: We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies
Mangosuthu Buthelezi
"We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans"
Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Leader
Small: I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself
Desmond Tutu
"I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights"
Desmond Tutu, Leader
Small: Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, yo
"Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won't get run over"
Miriam Makeba, Musician
Small: No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
Nelson Mandela
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language,
Nelson Mandela
"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"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb
Nelson Mandela
"After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted
"No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted"
Olive Schreiner, Writer
Small: Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement
Nelson Mandela
"Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself
Nelson Mandela
"I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity
"Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity"
Nadine Gordimer, Novelist
Small: A desert is a place without expectation
"A desert is a place without expectation"
Nadine Gordimer, Novelist
Small: It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice t
Nelson Mandela
"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"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the
Nelson Mandela
"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"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed fr
Mangosuthu Buthelezi
"And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies. One thing that we insisted on was that they should take an oath to reject racism and discrimination"
Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Leader
Small: Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being
"Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being"
Miriam Makeba, Musician
Small: And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that its th
"And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite"
Miriam Makeba, Musician
Small: For instance, were always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to w
"For instance, we're always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to wherever we are buying them from - with what? The very resources we need to keep there"
Miriam Makeba, Musician
Small: When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said Let us pray. We closed
Desmond Tutu
"When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land"
Desmond Tutu, Leader
Small: There was never a great man who had not a great mother
"There was never a great man who had not a great mother"
Olive Schreiner, Writer
Small: I will never regret not denouncing apartheid
Zola Budd
"I will never regret not denouncing apartheid"
Zola Budd, Athlete
Small: I no longer run barefoot
Zola Budd
"I no longer run barefoot"
Zola Budd, Athlete
Small: It has been demonstrated that no system, not even the most inhuman, can continue to exist without an ideology
"It has been demonstrated that no system, not even the most inhuman, can continue to exist without an ideology"
Joe Slovo, Politician
Small: Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England
Zola Budd
"Tea-shops were to become my favourite haunts in England"
Zola Budd, Athlete
Small: On the other hand, one factor helps us that no other liberation struggle in this region could count on - our l
"On the other hand, one factor helps us that no other liberation struggle in this region could count on - our liberation front is characterized by relatively highly developed class forces, tested in political struggles"
Joe Slovo, Politician
Small: Therefore, our fight must primarily be a political mass struggle with revolutionary goals
"Therefore, our fight must primarily be a political mass struggle with revolutionary goals"
Joe Slovo, Politician
Small: I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction
"I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction"
J. M. Coetzee, Author
Small: I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual allegiances are clearly European, not African
"I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual allegiances are clearly European, not African"
J. M. Coetzee, Author
Small: Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected
William Plomer
"Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected"
William Plomer, Writer
Small: You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you cant care anyway
Steven Biko
"You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway"
Steven Biko, Activist
Small: The primary goal of a vendor is to make money
"The primary goal of a vendor is to make money"
Theo de Raadt, Scientist
Small: One of the difficulties about interviewing people in Rwanda is that the country is trying to get on with ordin
"One of the difficulties about interviewing people in Rwanda is that the country is trying to get on with ordinary life and some people just don't want to get involved in this"
Tony Greig, Athlete
Small: And I was victim to that very early in my career, where I would go into auditions, and Id be wearing a big T s
Charlize Theron
"And I was victim to that very early in my career, where I would go into auditions, and I'd be wearing a big T shirt, a big baggy T shirt and loose jeans. You know, to try and show people that there was more to me than just that"
Charlize Theron, Actress
Small: When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive
"When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive"
Alan Paton, Novelist
Small: The harder you work, the luckier you get
"The harder you work, the luckier you get"
Gary Player, Athlete
Small: South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white
"South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white"
Thabo Mbeki, Statesman
Small: Easier to climb up, than to just hang on
"Easier to climb up, than to just hang on"
Ronald Harwood, Playwright
Small: OK, well maybe I have to get back to Judaism. In the sense that if I look at me and my forebears forever stret
"OK, well maybe I have to get back to Judaism. In the sense that if I look at me and my forebears forever stretching back to I don't know, whenever there's no sense of place and therefore no sense of nationality"
Janet Suzman, Actress
Small: I would think a sense of the absurd is more important for a political cartoonist, because that could define th
"I would think a sense of the absurd is more important for a political cartoonist, because that could define things like a sense of hypocrisy or a sense of the things one has to be skeptical about"
Jonathan Shapiro, Cartoonist
Small: When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat
Nelson Mandela
"When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
Small: We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right
Nelson Mandela
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right"
Nelson Mandela, Statesman
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