Nelson Mandela

South African statesman who was released from prison to become the nation's first democratically elected president in 1994 (born in 1918)

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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.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
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.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
I learned that courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
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.
Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
There is nothing like returing to a place that remains uncganged to find how you yourself have altered.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”
“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.”
“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.”
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
“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.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“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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