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Great Quotes of Nelson Mandela

December 6, 2013, 0 Comments
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Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. He was willing to give and sacrifice in order to achieve change on a global level. I suspect that students will study his life for the rest of human history. Here are just a sample of his wisdom.

 

“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.”

“I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

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

“No one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest ones.”

“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.”

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.”

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

“Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“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.”

“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.” (Long Walk to Freedom)

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.”  (Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994)

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” (Long Walk to Freedom)

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