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Top 20 Nelson Mandela Quotes


Nelson Mandela may be gone, but his deeds– and his words– will live on. As the world mourns the loss of a man who was arguably the world’s most respected figure, we’ve compiled a list of some of his wisest words.

Here are our Top 20 Nelson Mandela quotes:

1- “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

2- “For to be free is not to merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

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

4- “We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all.”

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

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

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

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

9- “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”

10- “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”

11- “Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.”

12- “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

13- “I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than that of socialism.”

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

15- “The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind, because it seeks to remove from society all forms of oppression and exploitation to liberate mankind, and to ensure peace and prosperity to all.”

16- “It’s a tragedy what’s happening, what Bush is doing. All Bush wants is Iraqi oil. There is no doubt that the US is behaving badly. Why are they not seeking to confiscate weapons of mass destruction from their ally Israel? This is just an excuse to get Iraq’s oil.”

17- “Injustice and gross rights violations were being committed [by Israel] in Palestine.”

18- “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

19- “Lead from the back– and let others believe they are in front.

20- “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”

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