As I walked out the door toward my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred, and bitterness behind, that I would still be in prison.

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) South African revolutionary, politician, statesman
(Attributed)

On his release from 27 years behind bars. Quoted by Hillary Clinton from a conversation she had with him.
Added on 16-May-17 | Last updated 23-May-17
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  1. Hugh Hyatt says:

    Hillary Rodham Clinton quotes Mandela as saying this to her on 11 Feb 1990 (the day Mandela was released from prison) in her book “Living History” (2003) [http://bit.ly/2pDJknS].

    • Dave says:

      As I read that, he told her the quote regarding his release on that date. The quote itself, in context, appears to have come some time after (“when I got to know Mandela better”) the introductory scene (his inaugural dinner). Regardless, you’ve found as close to a primary source for the quotation as I can see.

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