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There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that's less than the one you're capable of living.

It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

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

I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent.

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.

I greet you in the name of peace, democracy, and freedom.
(ANC leader, 1990)

By ancestry, I was born to rule.

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 to opposite.

In my country we go to prison first and then become president.

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.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

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

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.

Mandela Perspective

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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