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Nelson Mandela: Best Quotes

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Nelson Mandela: Best Quotes

Why was the world so inspired by Nelson Mandela? In large part, it was because of the eloquent words he spoke and wrote. As the world's most famous political prisoner, and then the first black president of South Africa, Madiba raised awareness of injustice and fought for freedom and equality. As he struggled, his words moved us. In his honor, we present some of our favorite Nelson Mandela quotes.

"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."

"Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me."

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

"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."

"One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others."

"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires."

"Courage is not the absence of fear — it is inspiring others to move beyond it."

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

"We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa will be like a microcosm of the New World that is striving to be born. This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy of millions forced to become refugees."

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

"Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves."