A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

I had never lost hope that this great transformation would occur, because I always knew that down deep in every human heart there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. If people can learn to hate they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.

One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image that I unwittingly projected to the outside world; of being regarded as a saint. I never was one, even on the basis of an earthly definition of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

You can’t change society unless you change yourself.

As a young man I … combined all the weaknesses, errors and indiscretions of a country boy, whose range of vision and experience was influenced mainly by events in the area in which I grew up and the colleges to which I was sent. I relied on arrogance in order to hide my weaknesses.

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison."

May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.