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1. "Above all, what you have as young people that's vitally needed to make social change, is impatience. You want it to happen now. There have to be enough people that say, "We want it now, in our lifetime. " We want to see apartheid in South Africa come down right now. We want to see the war in Central America stop right now. We want the CIA off our campus right now. We want an end to sexual harassment in our communities right now. Be adventurists in the sense of being bold and daring. Be opportunists and seize this opportunity, this moment in history, to go out and save our country. It's your turn now."
Author: Abbie Hoffman
2. "Now, now, hear me out," Hamish went on. "We don't have to kidnap Garrett. Not if we kidnap the buyer." "Or distract him," Angus added."Like the Bulgari job," Hamish said."You mean the job that landed half the DiMarco family in a South African prison?" Kat said.Angus shrugged. "Nobody said it was perfect."
Author: Ally Carter
3. "My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa."
Author: Antony Sher
4. "I'm always very proud of belonging to three minorities: gay, Jewish, white South African."
Author: Antony Sher
5. "The two came to differ on many, if not most, issues. But the man who would single-handedly defy Hitler in 1940 against all odds bears a striking resemblance to the man who organized the first satyagraha campaign in South Africa."
Author: Arthur Herman
6. "Do you think that the people of South Africa, or anywhere on the continent of Africa, or India, or Pakistan are longing to be kicked around all over again?"
Author: Arundhati Roy
7. "I think the aloe is one of South Africa's most powerful, beautiful and celebratory symbols. It survives out there in the wild when everything else is dried."
Author: Athol Fugard
8. "In South Africa, success never presented the problems that it presents in New York. In New York, if you happen to be the flavor of the month, a lot of nonsense comes with it into your life."
Author: Athol Fugard
9. "I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict: Ireland, South Africa, the Czech republic. People there are overflowing with energy."
Author: Brian Eno
10. "I'm over there filming in South Africa now, and two in five are HIV-positive now. Not many people know that."
Author: Bruce Davison
11. "The South African government, unlike a lot of African governments, isn't poor."
Author: Charlayne Hunter Gault
12. "What I've come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion, everyday acts of compassion. In South Africa they have a phrase called ubuntu. Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me."
Author: Chris Abani
13. "Don't raise your voice, improve your argument."[Address at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 November 2004]"
Author: Desmond Tutu
14. "I've been lucky to travel through quite a bit of Europe and Australia, but I would love to do Asia and South America and South Africa."
Author: Dianna Agron
15. "Sorry," I said, realizing I was taking my frustrations out on her. "I'm still getting over Soph," I said, referring to my old prep school friend. Sophie Price was the most beautiful girl you'd ever met. Seriously. Take it from someone who's met Bar Refaeli in person. Soph was even more stunning. Especially since she'd had a personality makeover. I'd never regret anything as much as I would not making her fall in love with me. "You can't make anyone fall, Spence. Either they do or they don't." "I said that out loud?" "Duh and it's been two years, Spencer. You seriously need to get over her. She's with that Ian guy anyway, right?" "Right." "That hot South African guy named Ian," she concluded. "Thanks.""That hot saffy named Ian who gives his life to mutilated Ugandan orphans and worships the ground Sophie walks on."I stopped and glared at her. "That'll do, Bridge."
Author: Fisher Amelie
16. "Sinn Fein has productively taken the example of South Africa and, as we develop the peace process, we continue to use examples from South Africa."
Author: Gerry Adams
17. "We emigrated to South Africa and later to Canada so I went to school in several places."
Author: J. Philippe Rushton
18. "He would not mind hearing Petrus's story one day. But preferably not reduced to English. More and more he is convinced that English is an unfit medium for the truth of South Africa."
Author: J.M. Coetzee
19. "We South Africans are also crazy about football, so the World Cup can be nothing but successful."
Author: Jacob Zuma
20. "Acting is rare. You can be rehearsing Ibsen with Sir Richard Eyre and suddenly he has to take a call on his mobile telling him his friend Arthur Miller has died. Or you can come back from a job on the Isle of Man to be told by your agent you're going straight out to South Africa on another shoot. There's not even any time to wash your pants."
Author: Jamie Sives
21. "It was but then, when you're, one of the great poisonous events that have infected us all who were in South Africa is that the idea of difference is drip fed into your veins. It's that that you fight."
Author: Janet Suzman
22. "If I read not amiss, this powerful race will move down upon Mexico, down upon Central and South America, out upon the islands of the sea, over upon Africa and beyond. And can any one doubt that the results of this competition of races will be the 'survival of the fittest?'"
Author: Josiah Strong
23. "The very first role I ever played was as a 17-year old South African girl who dreamed of being a star and left home to meet her mother in the big city so that she could pursue that dream. I left South Africa and met my mother in Vancouver and not long after that was given the opportunity to perform on the stage and have people chant my name."
Author: Kandyse McClure
24. "I skated in ice shows all over Europe and South Africa for 20 years. I love to ice skate."
Author: Kenny Baker
25. "I never think of playing for South Africa. It's the furthest thing from my mind."
Author: Kevin Pietersen
26. "Most people, of course, spend their lives caring about the wrong things. The worry about South Africa or Nicaragua. They spend so much time finding themselves that they lose their taxicabs. They don't see that what kind of napkin you get at a delicatessen is a matter of much significance in the world today.That's why they don't get linen"
Author: Kinky Friedman
27. "I've seen so many screw-ups of representations of South Africa, and it makes me so angry every time."
Author: Lauren Beukes
28. "The global phenomenon of poverty tourism - or 'poorism' - has become increasingly popular during the past few years. Tourists pay to be guided through the favelas of Brazil and the shantytowns of South Africa. The recently opened Los Angeles Gang Tour carries visitors through battle-scarred territories of urban violence and deprivation."
Author: Leslie Jamison
29. "Father's always saying that South Africa must be one of the best countries in the world for surviving a zombie apocalypse,' Megan says seriously. 'It's full of security estates and high fences."
Author: Lily Herne
30. "South Africa had a long record of studies in prehistory, going back to the end of the last century."
Author: Louis Leakey
31. "We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people - history has made us all South Africans."
Author: Mangosuthu Buthelezi
32. "All of our forebears contributed to what South Africa has become. That does not, however, mean that I must apologize to anyone for being born a Zulu, or for having that culture."
Author: Mangosuthu Buthelezi
33. "Read non-fiction. History, biology, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology. Get a bodyguard and do fieldwork. Find your inner fish. Don't publish too soon. Not before you have read Thomas Mann in any case. Learn by copying, sentence by sentence some of the masters. Copy Coetzee's or Sebald's sentences and see what happens to your story. Consider creative non-fiction if you want to stay in South Africa. It might be the way to go. Never neglect back and hamstring exercises, otherwise you won't be able to write your novel. One needs one's buttocks to think."
Author: Marlene Van Niekerk
34. "Chomie' is South African homosexual men's unofficial name."
Author: Mokokoma Mokhonoana
35. "I cherish my own freedom dearly, but I care even more for your freedom. From a response to an offer of conditional freedom, read by Zindzi Mandela at a rally, Jabulani Stadium, Soweto, South Africa,"
Author: Nelson Mandela
36. "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."[ Live 8 Concert, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 July 2005]"
Author: Nelson Mandela
37. "It is easy to take a stand about a remote issue, but speciesists, like racists, reveal their true nature when the issue comes nearer home. To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada, while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, or the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks."
Author: Peter Singer
38. "Swaziland is a small part of south-east Africa, the last country in the continent to gain its independence."
Author: Richard Grant
39. "I would hazard a guess that we have found fossilized human remains of at least a thousand different specimens in South and East Africa, more or less complete at that. I think this is where the prelude to human history was primarily played out."
Author: Richard Leakey
40. "I can't on my own change the regime in South Africa or teach the Palestinians to learn to live with the Israelies, but I can start with me."
Author: River Phoenix
41. "A truly enlightened attitude to language should simply be to let six thousand or more flowers bloom. Subcultures should be allowed to thrive, not just because it is wrong to squash them, because they enrich the wider culture. Just as Black English has left its mark on standard English Culture, South Africans take pride in the marks of Afrikaans and African languages on their vocabulary and syntax. New Zealand's rugby team chants in Maori, dancing a traditional dance, before matches. French kids flirt with rebellion by using verlan, a slang that reverses words' sounds or syllables (so femmes becomes meuf). Argentines glory in lunfardo, an argot developed from the underworld a centyry ago that makes Argentine Spanish unique still today. The nonstandard greeting "Where y'at?" for "How are you?" is so common among certain whites in New Orleans that they bear their difference with pride, calling themselves Yats. And that's how it should be."
Author: Robert Lane Greene
42. "In South Africa, they dig for diamonds. Tons of earth are moved to find a little pebble not as large as a little fingernail. The miners are looking for the diamonds, not the dirt. They are willing to lift all the dirt in order to find the jewels. In daily life, people forget this principle and become pessimists because there is more dirt than diamonds. When trouble comes, don't be frightened by the negatives. Look for the positives and dig them out. They are so valuable it doesn't matter if you have to handle tons of dirt."
Author: Robert Ringer
43. "This country is a nation of thieves. It stole everything it has, beginning with black people. The U.S. cannot justify its existence as the policeman of the world any longer. I do not want to be a part of the American pie. The American pie means raping South Africa, beating Vietnam, beating South America, raping the Philippines, raping every country you've been in. I don't want any of your blood money. I don't want to be part of that system. We must question whether or not we want this country to continue being the wealthiest country in the world at the price of raping everybody else."
Author: Stokely Carmichael
44. "South Africa's increasingly, for example, the largest foreign investor in various other parts of Africa."
Author: Susan Rice
45. "I am no fashion diva - I grew up on the beaches in South Africa and am a nature girl that spends a lot of time outdoors. Fashion speaks to me through an occasion."
Author: Tanit Phoenix
46. "As a young woman, I attended Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was then not segregated. But I witnessed the weight of apartheid everywhere around me."
Author: Teresa Heinz
47. "[Farmer] went to dozens of American and Canadian universities and colleges, preaching his O for the P [Preferential Option for the Poor] gospel, and to South Africa, where he debated a World Bank official at an international AIDS conference. "Africans must learn to curb their sexual appetites," the banker remarked, and Farmer replied, "I want to talk about other bankers, not the World Bankers, but bankers in general. My suspicion is they're not getting a lot of sex, because they spend a lot of time screwing the poor."
Author: Tracy Kidder
48. "I don't mind snakes. Growing up in South Africa there were a couple a snakes around... and I'm not talking just about the government!"
Author: Trevor Rabin
49. "I wanted to be a great white hunter, a prospector for gold, or a slave trader. But then, when I was eight, my parents sent me to a boarding school in South Africa. It was the equivalent of a British public school with cold showers, beatings and rotten food. But what it also had was a library full of books."
Author: Wilbur Smith
50. "I have strong views about South African politics and I still don't feel I need to make public statements."
Author: Zola Budd

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