I think that most of us would prefer to be popular than unpopular.
When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the table and you warn that they will crash to the ground, in South Africa you are blamed when that happens.
When you think of the sort of things that happen when a genocide happens, it’s again not people who are intrinsically evil.
The universe can take quite a while to deliver.
In many ways, when you’re a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society.
When we see the face of a child, we think of the future. We think of their dreams about what they might become, and what they might accomplish.
Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.
You stand out in the crowd only because you have these many, many carrying you on their shoulders.
In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute – a white skin.
I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday.
Niger is not an isolated island of desperation. It lies within a sea of problems across Africa – particularly the ‘forgotten emergencies’ in poor countries or regions with little strategic or material appeal.
Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor; they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor, and they should know that they are buttressing one of the most vicious systems.
All the United States, it is a society that is split like to the bottom, that had very poor people in the country that is one of the wealthiest countries.
Universal education is not only a moral imperative but an economic necessity, to pave the way toward making many more nations self-sufficient and self-sustaining.
Oh, 1994, April 27. There won’t be a day like that ever again. I mean, the sky was blue, with a blueness that had never been there before.