"I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Miriam Makeba on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Miriam Makeba on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Miriam Makeba on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Miriam Makeba on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Miriam Makeba on Ernest Hemingway
"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."
"Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time."
"Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being."
"In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home."
"And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite."