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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.
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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 only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
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Fools multiply when wise men are silent. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Fools multiply when wise men are silent.
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Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
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There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.
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If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important - and you do that by being genuine and humble.
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Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and extend it. Your parents and elders sacrificed much so that you should have freedom without suffering what they did. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.
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In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one's social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education... But internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one's development as a human being. Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others - qualities which are within easy reach of every soul - are the foundation of one's spiritual life.
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Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
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Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
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Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.
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If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government.
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Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.
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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
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It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.
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When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
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Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
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A winner is a dreamer who never gives up - Nelson Mandela Quotes
A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
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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 that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
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A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
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It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
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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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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.
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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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It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.
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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.
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Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.
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A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger and more united than ever before.
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Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
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As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
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It is always impossible until it is done. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
It is always impossible until it is done.
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Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.
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One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
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It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
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Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.
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One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself.
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Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.
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My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse and where every man, woman and child are treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in harmony.
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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.
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I say to all those leaders, do not look the other way. Do not hesitate... It is within your power to avoid a genocide of humanity.
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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
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As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.
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Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward.
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You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.
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After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
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During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. 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.
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The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children.
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If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.
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As I have said, 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, but humility.
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The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.
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Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African.
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Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.
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Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . .
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People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that's how they'll react. But if you say, 'We want peace, we want stability,' we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society.
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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.
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Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
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Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
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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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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
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Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.
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I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.
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We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
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I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
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I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.
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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.
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We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.
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I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists.
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Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
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Tread softly, Brathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Tread softly, Brathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically.
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From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of the vicious imperialist-orquestrated campaign to destroy the impressive gain made in the Cuban Revolution. Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro.
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If you look at those matters, you will come to the conclusion that the attitude of the United States of America is a threat to world peace.
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I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them.
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I was not born with a hunger to be free, I was born free. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
I was not born with a hunger to be free, I was born free.
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Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.
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We need to exert ourselves that much more, and break out of the vicious cycle of dependence imposed on us by the financially powerful: those in command of immense market power and those who dare to fashion the world in their own image.
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Political division, based on color, is entirely artificial; and when it disappears, so will the domination of one color group by another.
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As the years progress one increasingly realises the importance of friendship and human solidarity. And if a 90-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity, the concern for the other, at the centre of the values by which you live.
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I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
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I and some colleagues came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be wrong and unrealistic for African leaders to continue preaching peace and non-violence at a time when the government met our peaceful demands with force. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle.
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It is not the kings and generals that make history, but the masses of the people. - Nelson Mandela Quotes
It is not the kings and generals that make history, but the masses of the people.
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