Notes to the Future

Words of Wisdom

By Nelson Mandela; Sello Hatang (Editor); Sahm Venter (Editor)
(Atria Books, Hardcover, 9781451675399, 176pp.)

Publication Date: November 20, 2012

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“The book that you hold in your hands is nothing short of a miracle.” —Desmond Tutu, from the Introduction

The authorized record of Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring and historically important quotations

Notes to the Future is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection—gathered from privileged access to Mandela’s vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence, and audio recordings— features more than three hundred quotations spanning more than sixty years, and includes his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

These inspirational quotations, organized into four sections—Struggle, Victory, Wisdom, and Future—are both universal and deeply personal. We see Mandela’s sense of humor, his loneliness and despair, his thoughts on fatherhood, and the reluctant leader who had no choice but to become the man history demanded.


A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.


About the Author
Nelson Mandela

Claude Colart is a Belgian freelance television producer living in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he runs be-africa productions. He was previously Senior Producer and Deputy Managing Editor for Associated Press Television News. He has travelled extensively in Europe and Africa documenting news and features. He is married to Sahm Venter, a South African freelance journalist who has covered events in Africa for local and international print, radio and television organisation. They produced Something to Write Home About to honour their friends and colleagues who have died and to show the human side of journalists who risk their lives everyday to tell the stories of people throughout the world.

Praise For Notes to the Future

A stirring collection of quotes from the Nobel Peace Prize winner. The quotes are inspirational and moving, regardless of any prior knowledge. The full script of Mandela's Nobel acceptance speech from 1993 rounds out this brief yet important look into the mind of a man determined to break apartheid regardless of the personal cost.

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