Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on South Africa, “The Beloved Country”

Article Title: Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on South Africa, “The Beloved Country”
Author Name: Craig Lock
Category (key words): South Africa, Peace,Transformation, Quotations, Thoughts, Leadership, Reconciliation,  “Inspiration, Spiritual”, Inspirational Writings.
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Sharing a few Quotations/Thoughts on South Africa, “The Beloved Country”

These are some of my favourite thoughts  (most from authors unknown) that I have collected in my little “green book” over the years, so am sharing. Enjoy…

“And at the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”

TS Eliot, ‘Four Quarters’

Out of a violent and bloody past, South Africa’s extraordinary relatively peaceful transition to democracy was a minor “miracle”…

and I believe, South Africans have accomplished something unprecedented, unparalleled in the last decade.

“How apartheid was finally buried, without requiem; but in joyous celebration, will remain forever in the hearts and minds of a nation reborn. When tears came, and there was dampness in the eyes of even the most stern, it was for putting the past in the past and hoping for hope in the future.”

“South Africa’s ability to overcome deep divisions, to negotiate a common future and to commit itself to reconciliation and reconstruction offers new hope –
not only to South Africa, but across the globe.”

“The birth pains of a new nation, struggling to emerge from the ashes of a scorched past.”
From out of the epic injustice of apartheid towards the tortuous tiny first steps of a “negotiated revolution”, ultimately arose an epic reconciliation.    

An amazing transformation from out of the epic injustice of apartheid towards the tortuous tiny first steps of a “negotiated revolution”, ultimately arose an epic reconciliation.    

“South Africa is blessed in resources beyond many. It dare not live just for itself. It must work and labour to bless Africa and the world…but especially Africa.

If only for Africa’s sake we dare not fail; because as South Africa goes, so will the rest of Africa.”

“Either we stayed as we were trapped in a fortress of paranoia deformed by fear and greed, or we opened the door to Africa and set forth into the unknown.”
– excellent writing from Rian Malan in his compelling book ‘My Traitor’s Heart’

“There comes a moment in intractible disputes, when someone or something turns existing thinking upside down to reveal an altogether new approach to resolution up-ending the chess-board, as it is known in some political circles, can unlock minds and banish stalemates. It was evident in the end of apartheid in South Africa and in the troubles in Northern Ireland. It was also revealed in the change in fortunes for American troops in Iraq, once some Sunni insurgents were co-opted to the general cause of peace.”

“The greatness of a nation
consists not so much
in the number of it’s people
or the extent of it’s territory
as in the extent
and justice of it’s compassion.”

– Inscription at the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth, for horses killed in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902).

P.S: I am reminded of something Mahatma Gandhi’s said not long
before he was assassinated:

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of
truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and
murderers and for a time they seem invincible; but in the end,
they always fall.

Think of it, ALWAYS.”

“When you forgive (another person or country), you empty your mind of negative thoughts (perhaps even thoughts as strong as hate). Then the infinite Spirit of God makes a fresh space in our hearts to allow new positive feelings to take their place.. to pour into our hearts. The ‘freed’ person then moves forward with a new spirit…which takes root in people’s minds, hearts, spirits and even in the deepest recesses of their souls.”

– craig

About the submitter:

In his various writings Craig strives in some small way to break down social, cultural, religious and economic barriers through “planting, then sowing ideas as ‘seeds of hope'”. He believes that whilst we should celebrate our differences, what we share is way more important than what divides us.

Craig’s novels on South Africa that he “felt inspired to write” are available at: and

He is currently “writing” ‘To The End of the Rainbow’. Craig’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at and  

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Let each one of us build bridges rather than barriers, openness rather than walls. Let us look at distant horizons together in a spirit of acceptance, helpfulness, co-operation and peace. Let our leaders look at the future with a vision – to see things not as they are, but what they could one day become.”

“When the world is filled with love, people’s hearts are overflowing
with hope.”
– craig


“What we believe is not nearly as important as how we relate, interact with each other… and how we live.  Only when we can say, ‘I am first and foremost a human being, and second a Jew, Muslim, Shi’ite, a Sunni, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, or a Sikh …’ will we progress and break down barriers between peoples, nations and cultures, east and west. Let not our beliefs , but our shared humanity (ALL of us) define who we really are. “

– craig





“Man is a great wall builder
The Berlin Wall
The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem
But the wall
most impregnable
Has a moat
flowing with fright
around his heart

A wall without windows
for the spirit to breeze through

A wall
without a door
for love to walk in.”

– OSWALD MTSHALI, Soweto (South African) poet
from ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ by Rian Malan (published by Vintage 1990)

“Aim at heaven and you’ll get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you’ll get neither.”
– CS Lewis


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