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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"In my country we go to prison first and then become President"
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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 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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"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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"It is the function of creative man to perceive and to connect the seemingly unconnected"
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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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"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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"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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"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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