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15 Mandela Quotes That Will Give You Goosebumps. No Wonder He Changed The World

by on July 19, 2014

he world lost an incredible human being last winter when Nelson Mandela passed away.
But during his time on this planet, Mandela led an absolutely inspiring life. International Nelson Mandela day has just been made official as June 18th every year, in honor of the late leader’s birthday. When you look back at some of Mandela’s accomplishments, it’s easy to see why people would want to commemorate him forever!

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.”

Nelson Mandela was the brave man who led the fight against Apartheid in South Africa. Born in 1918, he grew up listening to the older generation of his village telling him all the stories of the discrimination their people had faced.

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

He built himself up through education in order to become the man who would make such an incredible difference in the world. He began studying at the University College of Fort Hare, then completed his Bachelor’s at the University of South Africa. He eventually gained his LLB to practice law from University of South Africa as well.

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.”

He joined the African National Council in 1944 and started the ANC Youth League.

“Difficulties break some men but make others.”

Mandela rose through the ranks of the ANC and became more and more active, beginning to organize the group in a way that promoted more radical change.

“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 the opposite”

As the ANC became more radical under Mandela, the arrests started flooding in. He was arrested many times and banned from South Africa more than once as well. But it did not stop Mandela.

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

He took a more underground approach and started quietly organizing national strikes.

“It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

While planning for one national strike, Mandela fled the country. He traveled around Africa and Europe looking for support and gathering muscle for an armed rebellion. He was arrested and threatened with the Death Penalty, but this did nothing to make him back down.

“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.”

He was not given the death penalty but moved from prison to prison instead. And it was during his time in prison that Mandela began to meet with people from the Apartheid Government and try to plan a way for the ANC to gain the freedom they were working for.

“If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”

While he was offered several opportunities for conditional prison release, he refused them all. He would only leave once the ANC ban was lifted, which finally happened in 1990.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

He immediately started working on a way to end white minority rule and was elected as president of the ANC in 1991.

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

In 1993, after extensive meeting and negotiating, Mandela and President FW de Klerk reached an agreement and began establishing policy that did away with the horror of Apartheid. They won joint Nobel Peace Prizes, pictured here.

“I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free.Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

In 1994 Mandela was elected as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

He stepped down after just one term but continued to work with various foundations, doing good for the world throughout his entire life.

“”I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities.”

Mandela passed away in December 2013 in Johannesburg.
Source: The Nelson Mandela Foundation

“the greatest glory of living lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.”

He was a true leader, teacher, and all-around incredible man. And now we have a day dedicated to his beautiful legacy!

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