Long Walk to Freedom

is an excellent book (isbn 978-0-349-10653-3). As usual I'm going to quote from a few pages:
I maintain that nurture, rather than nature, is the primary moulder of personality.
I did well in school not so much through cleverness as through doggedness.
These [meetings] were not scheduled, but were called as needed... Everyone who wanted to speak did so... People spoke without interruption...
Majority rule was a foreign notion. A minority was not to be crushed by a majority.
This metal wire, he said, pointing above, is an example of Western manufacturing, which is skilful but cold, clever but soulless.
I could compensate for lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this to everything I did.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have changed.
Gaur believed in finding solutions rather than spouting theory.
I was far more certain in those days of what I was against than what I was for.
If fine bodies and impressive physiques were essential to being a leader, I saw that few among us would have qualified.
If you wait for textbook conditions, they will never occur.
Class, Nyerere always insisted, was alien to Africa; socialism indigenous.
I did not think this view [always rejecting bail] should be universally applied and believed we should examine the issue on a case-by-case basis.
Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose because I will not part with it at any price or under any pressure.

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