“A positive vision is like the light at the end of the tunnel, which, even though dimly glimpsed, encourages us to step in that direction.”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves ‘who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Nelson Mandela, inaugural address as President of South Africa, 1994
“People have to see with new eyes and understand with new minds before they can truly turn to new ways of living.”
Commission on Global Governance
“…selfless sharing and co-operative understanding between men and women of goodwill everywhere can rebuild a new world, bring into being a more beautiful life, and restore that which humanity itself has destroyed. The best is yet to be. We can rest back upon the realisation that the history of the human race has been one of a steady moving forward down the ages and towards the light.”
“We know you will find with us a natural home in a land where the barren earth of bitter division, oppression and hatred is being transformed each day into soil rich with the seeds of hope, peace and reconciliation.”
Nelson Mandela – in welcoming the artists and writers of the Right to Hope Trust established in South Africa in 1995. The Right to Hope Trust is committed to educational, development, environmental, cultural and human rights issues in South Africa and around the world.
“We need belief in ourselves – and we need sound understanding – all of us, to turn our country into the success story that it can be.”
Trevor Manuel, South African Minister of Finance