Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
A quote from a man I have deep respect for, one who bridged many divides with the ultimate example of equanimity and fairness. He chose not to be bitter, but to instead to bring the change he believed in. Balanced is how I will remember him, he was an example that many politicians should be so lucky to live up to even a tenth of his character.
Nelson Mandela (b. 1918), South African political leader. statement from prison, Feb. 10, 1985. quoted in Higher than Hope, pt. 4, ch. 30, Fatima Meer (1988).
refusing the terms offered for his release by South African President P.W. Botha. The statement was read by Zindzi Mandela, Nelson’s daughter, at a UDF rally at the Jabulani Stadium, Soweto.
Kindly raised to my attention by dictionary.com and cited here :
Only_free_men_can_negotiate_Prisoners_cannot_enter. Dictionary.com. Columbia World of Quotations. Columbia University Press, 1996.
http://quotes.dictionary.com/Only_free_men_can_negotiate_Prisoners_cannot_enter (accessed: December 05, 2013).