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Nelson Mandela

South Africa 18 July 1918 5 December 2013


The South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) helped bring an end to apartheid and has been a global advocate for human rights. A member of the African National Congress party beginning in the 1940s, he was a leader of both peaceful protests and armed resistance against the white minority’s oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa.

His actions landed him in prison for nearly three decades and made him the face of the antiapartheid movement both within his country and internationally. Released in 1990, he participated in the eradication of apartheid and in 1994 became the first black president of South Africa, forming a multiethnic government to oversee the country’s transition. after retiring from politics in 1999, he remained a devoted champion for peace and social justice in his own nation and around the world until his death in 2013 at the age of 95.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, and humility.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Leaders are important but history is ultimately not made by kings and generals. It is made by the masses.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

We can't afford to stand divided ... If we stand together, victory of the liberation movement is assured.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

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.