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  The time is always right to do right.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they dont ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter. I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  It always seems impossible until it is done.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

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

  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. Then people will appreciate your leadership.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

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

  The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have always believed exercise is a key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Courage is not the absence of fear - it is inspiring others to move beyond it.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Appearances matter - and remember to smile.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I am the captain of my soul.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  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
  

  In my country we go to prison first and then become President.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations. I have fought all my life; I fight now, and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most violently the set-up that surrounds me here. It makes me feel that I am a Black man in a White man's court. This should not be I should feel perfectly at ease and at home with the assurance that I am being tried by a fellow South African, who does not regard me as an inferior, entitled to a special type of justice.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I regard it as a duty which I owed, not just to my people, but also to my profession, to the practice of law, and to the justice for all mankind, to cry out against this discrimination which is essentially unjust and opposed to the whole basis of the attitude towards justice which is part of the tradition of legal training in this country. I believed that in taking up a stand against this injustice I was upholding the dignity of what should be an honorable profession.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  The government has interpreted the peacefulness of the movement as a weakness: the people's non-violent policies have been taken as a green light for government violence. Refusal to resort to force has been interpreted by the government as an invitat  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A man does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards, but when I was notified that I had won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Mr de Klerk, I was deeply moved.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  We need to exert ourselves that much more, and break out of the vicious cycle of dependence imposed on us by the financially powerful: those in command of immense market power and those who dare to fashion the world in their own image  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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 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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

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

  You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have always believed exercise is a key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?  
 -  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
  

  If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Appearances matter - and remember to smile.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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. Then people will appreciate your leadership.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  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
  

  Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I regard it as a duty which I owed, not just to my people, but also to my profession, to the practice of law, and to the justice for all mankind, to cry out against this discrimination which is essentially unjust and opposed to the whole basis of the attitude towards justice which is part of the tradition of legal training in this country. I believed that in taking up a stand against this injustice I was upholding the dignity of what should be an honorable profession.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Forget the past.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  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. Then people will appreciate your leadership.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.  
 -  Nelson Mandela