Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. 

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It always seems impossible until its done.

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

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.

Forget the past.

I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.

Sometimes I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.

I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President.

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.

The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa and ensured the total liberation of Africa constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.

You know you can only lead them from behind.

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world it is the United States of America.

Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB like cancer is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.

I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world.

Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.

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.

Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.

Never never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenceless people.

In countries where innocent people are dying the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.

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