Nelson Mandela in his own words
Nelson Mandela, who was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi in his long struggle to dismantle the apartheid regime in South Africa and served as its first black president, died at his home here today at the age of 95 after a protracted illness.
Johannesburg: Following are notable quotations by former South African President Nelson Mandela.
"It would be a cruel irony of history if Africa`s actions to regenerate the continent were to unleash a new scramble for Africa which, like that of the nineteenth century, plundered the continent`s wealth and left it once more the poorer." - to the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, July 11, 1997
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that determines the significance of the life we lead." - on the 90th birthday of Walter Sisulu, May 18, 2002
"Yet we spend more money on weapons than on ensuring treatment and support for the millions infected by HIV. It is a world of great promise and hope. It is also a world of despair, disease and hunger." - at Live 8 concert in Johannesburg, July 2, 2005
"Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is people who have made poverty and tolerated poverty, and it is people who will overcome it." - on being named Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience, 2006
"On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind will say: ‘The man who lies here has done his duty for his country and his people`." – 1999