The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.
I've never doubted that apartheid - because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil - was going to bite the dust eventually.
Things do not pass for what they are, but for what they seem. Most things are judged by their jackets.
A throne is only a bench covered with velvet.
Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Everybody is just a stranger, but that's the danger in going my own way.