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Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at
the fabric of our society and
weaken our nation.
Nelson Mandela

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
Nelson Mandela

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of
retribution.
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I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
Nelson Mandela

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the
valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our
desires.
Nelson Mandela

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

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that
a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Nelson Mandela

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.
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It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.
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A bright future beckons. The onus is on us, through hard work, honesty and integrity, to
reach for the stars.
Nelson Mandela

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
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There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which
you yourself have altered.
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In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
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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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Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
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A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
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It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person
from another.
Nelson Mandela

Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.
Nelson Mandela

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.
Nelson Mandela

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful
beyond measure.
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Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets.
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Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the
chains on all of my people were the chains on me.
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We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.
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No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a
collective.
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There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its
children.
Nelson Mandela

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

We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black
and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable
right to human dignity – a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.
Nelson Mandela

One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could
not change others.
Nelson Mandela

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.
Nelson Mandela

Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.
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We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
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The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.
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There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal trimuph if you
have the iron will and the neccessary skill.
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Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and
salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to
fulfill themselves.
Nelson Mandela

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