Freedom fighter Nelson Mandela's most famous quotes

Nelson Mandela combined a lawyer's intellect with the wisdom of a tribal elder — click on photo below for his most famous quotes.

When he spoke quietly, firmly and with a ramrod bearing that even 27 years in prison could not bow, people listened.

The beauty of his dogged approach was that if they didn't get the message the first time, the freedom fighter-turned-statesman was quite willing to repeat it again and again.



And the anti-Apartheid hero won't just be remembered for fiery speeches demanding justice, the leader had a warm wit that disarmed those who met him.

Who else could get away with telling the Queen: "You look younger every time I see you" this when she had long seen her 80th birthday?

On another occasion, when told that his country's rugby team wouldn't make the quarter finals of the 1995 World Cup he remarked to one adviser: "According to the experts, you and I should still be in jail." The Springboks went on to win.