The Top 10 Nelson Mandela Quotes-Inspirational Africa

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South Africa recently celebrated Mandela Day (18th of July, the father of the nation’s birthday). This day is not only about honoring the legacy of this legendary man, it’s about passing on goodwill through volunteering and community service. 67 minutes of time dedicated to making a positive impact. The number 67 is significant because Mandela fought social injustice for 67 years of his life.

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Firmly fixed in the hearts of millions all over the globe, here are 10 inspirational quotes from one of the world’s most inspirational men:

1. Nelson Mandela wanted us to know that nothing in this world is impossible:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”

2. Madiba was a firm believer in the power of positivity and how a positive frame of mind can change even the most difficult of circumstances:

“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.”

3. The lives we live are not for ourselves alone, they are in service of others as well:

“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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4. That hate was taught and not inherent in people:

“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.”

5. Nelson Mandela believed that life was a journey filled with many obstacles that tested the human spirit:

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

6. People are quick to give in to failure but what defines our lives is how we rise after falling:

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

7. Nelson Mandela knew the importance of recognising your own personal growth:

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

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Image Courtesy: Telegraph

8. Madiba’s messages were always one of peace but this might have, arguably, been his most profound quote on the subject:

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” 

9. To live this life bravely:

“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.”

10. The key for a society to move forward is and always will be education:

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

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