A quote a day from Madiba

2011-05-13 09:05

A quote by former president Nelson Mandela will be released every day starting today.

This is ahead of Nelson Mandela International Day which starts in July, the foundation set up in his name has announced.

A book of his quotations titled Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Quotations Book will also be released in June.

Today’s quote is: “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”

He said this at the closing address of the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban, South Africa on July 14, 2000.

The late Nkosi Johnson made the poignant opening speech at that conference at the age of 11, describing life with the virus.

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