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The Best Nelson Mandela Quotes

South Africa Mourns Death Of Nelson Mandela

The world became solemn at the death of Nelson Mandela. A man who fought until he was no longer here, lived quite the life while he was here. For a man to live 95 years is a huge feat, but to live it to the capacity in which Mandela has lived is unheard of, especially in these times.

One of the most selfless people to walk this earth, Mandela helped fight against apartheid for racial equality within his country of South America and left the world with many lessons on love, hate, education and change for all humanity. Because of his self-sacrifice, he was jailed for 27 years on Ribbons Island in South Africa and instead of becoming weaker, he became stronger and eventually, South Africa's first black democratic president.  Mandela, alongside his wife , paved the way for others to follow their blueprint on making a positive change for the greater good. Outside of his many achievements, he was prolific and embodied wisdom.

As we celebrate a man who valued life and gave it all he had to offer, take a look at his best quotes to live by.

Former South African President Nelson Ma

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

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Former South African President Nelson Ma

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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Former South African President Nelson Ma

“Action without vision is only passing time, VISION without action is merely daydreaming but VISION WITH ACTION can change the world.”

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Nelson Mandela Receives The ANC Centenary Torch

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.”

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Nelson Mandela At Renaming Ceremony For Nelson Mandela Park Public School

"If you want to make peace with your enemy you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner"

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Nelson Mandela

"Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country he can rest in peace.”

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“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

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Nelson Mandela

“Do no judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again”

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Fairfax Mandela Archive

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing but in rising every time we fall”

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Mandela Attends Closing Ceremony Of AIDS Conference

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear.”

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Nelson Mandela Arrives In NY On The Freedom Tour

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison”

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"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears"

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Nelson Mandela

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived, it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead"


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Mandela In London

"Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them."

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Mandela In London

"If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."

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"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right"

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