Nelson Mandela Quotes

Fools multiply when wise men are silent.

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No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must 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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There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.

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Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

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Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

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

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Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.

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If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important - and you do that by being genuine and humble.

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It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.

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Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.

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Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

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A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

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If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.

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When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.

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Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

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Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and extend it. Your parents and elders sacrificed much so that you should have freedom without suffering what they did. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.

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It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.

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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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There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

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For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

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A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

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It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

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In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one's social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education... But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being. Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others - qualities which are within easy reach of every soul - are the foundation of one's spiritual life.

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It is always impossible until it is done.

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As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

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Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.

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One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself.

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One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.

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Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.

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

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A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.

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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children.

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It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

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You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.

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After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

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Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward.

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Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.

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The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.

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My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse and where every man, woman and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony.

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A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.

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

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Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

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We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.

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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. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

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Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

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