Nelson Mandela's most inspiring quotes

Last updated 12:31 06/12/2013

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Former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela has died.

His words played a powerful role in uniting South Africa. Here is a collection of his most inspiring quotes:

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

"Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful country and will again experience the oppression of one by another".

"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."

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

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

"I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

"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."

"Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how man times I fell down and got back up again."

"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of 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."

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

"In my country we go to prison first and then become president."

"Know your enemy - and learn about his favourite sport."

"It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from the other."

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

"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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