Most people don't have time to sit through a whole clip or even read through a whole article or book to pick Nyerere's brain. But quotes are a fast and convenient way to honor this great man and even learn from him whether from his mistakes or achievements. In Tanzania, it was more than one hundred tribal units which lost their freedom; it was one nation that regained it.- Julius Kambarage Nyerere, from his Stability and Change in Africa speech given to the University of Toronto, Canada, 2 October 1969. Small nations are like indecently dressed women. They tempt the evil-minded. In Tanganyika we believe that only evil, Godless men would make the color of a man's skin the criteria for granting him civil rights.- Julius Kambarage Nyerere addressing British Governor-General Richard Gordon Turnbull, at a meeting of the Legco, prior to taking up the premiership in 1960 The African is not 'Communistic' in his thinking; he is -- if I may coin an expression - 'communitary'.- Julius Kambarage Nyerere as quoted in the New York Times Magazine on 27 March 1960. Having come into contact with a civilization which has over-emphasized the freedom of the individual, we are in fact faced with one of the big problems of Africa in the modern world. Our problem is just this: how to get the benefits of European society - benefits that have been brought about by an organization based upon the individual -- and yet retain African's own structure of society in which the individual is a member of a kind of fellowship.- Julius Kambarage Nyerere as quoted in the New York Times Magazine on 27 March 1960 We, in Africa, have no more need of being 'converted' to socialism than we have of being 'taught' democracy. Both are rooted in our past -- in the traditional society which produced us.- Julius Kambarage Nyerere, from his book Uhuru na Umoja (Freedom and Unity): Essays on Socialism, 1967.