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Famous South African Quotes By Famous South Africans


Many South African great minds condensed their life experiences and wisdom into short quotes that are meaningful and inspirational. 

These people have been through it all, and they've seen what works and what doesn't. They've learned from their mistakes, and they've grown through their successes. They understand the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur, and they know how to overcome them. 
If you're looking for guidance or inspiration as an entrepreneur, take a look at some of these South African Quotes!


"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." Nelson Mandela
“I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land” ~ Thabo Mbeki’s “I am an African”.

"Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is" ~ Christian Barnard

"Mondays are a good day to make statements, not Friday."Ernie Els

"Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value" ~ Desmond Tutu

"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steve Biko

"Take what you can from your dreams, make them as real as anything."~ Dave Matthews

"The more I practice the luckier I get." ~ Gary Player

Age is getting to know all the ways the world turns, so that if you cannot turn the world the way you want, you can at least get out of the way so you won’t get run over. ~ Miriam Makeba

"I believe that first impressions are very important."~  F. W. de Klerk

For you in the West to hear the phrase ‘All men are created equal’ is to draw a yawn. For us, it’s a miracle. We’re starting out at rock bottom, man. But South Africa does have soul. ~ Athol Fugard

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.Elon Musk

God made me the way I am, and I accept myself. I am who I am, and I'm proud of myself.Caster Semenya

"For all its problems, I found South Africa a beautiful country, interesting and inspiring."David Harewood

"I'm going to become the Pope next year. Nothing is impossible."~  Brenda Fassie

"I normally keep a series of draft in a catalogue type of book in which I scribble, sketch and draw ideas."~  Jonathan Shapiro

"I will never regret not denouncing apartheid." ~ Zola Budd

"If the coach is good, I don't think a psychologist is needed." Hansie Cronje

"When a deep injury is done us, we never recover until we forgive."~  Alan Paton

"If you laugh with somebody, then you know you share something."  ~ Trevor Noah

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