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13 inspiring quotes from Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela, the former South African President died on December 5th, 2013 at the age of 95.

An anti-apartheid activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mandela had been battling a series of illnesses for some time, announced South African President Jacob Zuma in a live televised statement.

He is a man who will always be remembered for his struggles, his strength, his wisdom and his kindness, so we found it only appropriate to share a few of the best quotes from the man himself on leadership, love, peace and life.

On leadership

“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. The people will appreciate your leadership”.

“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.”

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

On perseverance

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

“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.

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

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

On character and living life

“There is no passion to be found in playing small – settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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

On enemies

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

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

On freedom and love

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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.”

“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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