The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize, things that I said yesterday, with nobody paying too much attention, I say the same things after I got it – oh! It was quite crucial for people, and it helped our morale because apartheid did look invincible.
Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.
We would like to see you departing peacefully.
Many people would be surprised that, in fact, I’m quite shy.
You must show the world that you abhor fighting.
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.
Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.
I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
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.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.