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Top 10 things Nelson Mandela said


Nelson Mandela, the South African revolutionary who led the fight against apartheid and was the first black South African to be elected president, has had a long, productive life. Throughout the years, he has said several things that resonated with South Africans and the world. Here are 10 of his most well-known quotes.

1.) “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.”

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

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

5.) “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.”

6.) “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

7.) “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is note he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

8.) “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

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

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


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