Factbox: Quotations about Nelson Mandela

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(Reuters) - Here are some comments from notable figures about Nelson Mandela, made during his lifetime.

"Nelson Mandela gave 27 years of his life, walked out of prison, and included his oppressors in his government so that they could all be free. He taught us that none of us can ever be free at another's expense." - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2008.

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"Anyone who wants to talk to me on the basis that Mandela is the leader of black South Africa can forget it." - South African Prime Minister John Vorster in 1975.

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"As soon as he renounces violence and undertakes not to start violence in South Africa, government will release him." - South African Prime Minister P.W. Botha in 1988.

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"He is at the epicenter of our time, ours in South Africa, and yours, wherever you are." - Nadine Gordimer, South African writer and Nobel Laureate for Literature.

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Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela chats with Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown (unseen) during a meeting at his hotel in central London, in this June 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files