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Voice of Mandela: 20 powerful quotes

Last updated on: December 06, 2013 12:44 IST

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Throughout his lifetime, Nelson Mandela inspired countless individuals.

We have gathered for you some of Mandela's best quotes that personify his mission to fight for equality and harmony for all.

* “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.”

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

* “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.”

* “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

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* "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.”

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

* "There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way."

* "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."

* "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."

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

* “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.”

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

* “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.”

* “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”

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