A minute of silence for Africa’s legend: Nelson Mandela. His most inspiring quotes

The world will mourn Nelson Mandela for a long time, but he lives on in our hearts, especially us in Africa. He undoubtedly is the biggest influence in African history till date.

Here are a few of his nuggets of wisdom

On Education/Learning
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.

On Courage
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.

It always seems impossible until its done.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

On Leadership
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.

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

On Freedom
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.

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.

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

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

On Time
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

On apartheid/racism
I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

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.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

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