17 Quotes From Nelson Mandela That Can Inspire Anyone

Nelson Mandela's life was filled with deep meaning, and so were his words.

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    Home is home even for those who aspire to serve wider interests and who have established their home of choice in distant regions.

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    Ndiwelimilambo enamagama – I have crossed famous rivers

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    In our language there is a saying, Ndiwelimilambo enamagama – I have crossed famous rivers. It means that one has traveled and, in the process, gained much experience.

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    We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road.

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    or 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. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.

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    Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

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    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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    I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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    Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and Apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings

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    I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed.

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    No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.

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