Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
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.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.
As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
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.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
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.
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.
Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.