Nelson Mandela's most inspiring quotes

23:31, Dec 05 2013
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Former President Nelson Mandela greets children from Mvezo and Qunu villages, who came to wish well ahead of his birthday, in Johannesburg in this handout picture released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on July 17, 2010.
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Nelson Mandela, second left, at a open-air service for the country's Christian community at a football stadium in the township of Soweto, in 1994.
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Copies of former South Africa's president Nelson Mandela's book "Conversations with Myself" are displayed in a book shop window during its launch in Johannesburg October 12, 2010.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela waves to the crowd at Soccer City stadium during the closing ceremony for the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg July 11, 2010.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela leaves after attending the memorial service of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela, at the St Stithians College Chapel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg June 17, 2010.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela arrives to attend the memorial service of his great-granddaughter Zenani Mandela at the St Stithians College Chapel in Sandton, north of Johannesburg June 17, 2010.
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South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela, left, and his wife Graca Machel sit in the gallery at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town February 11, 2010.
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela listens to the State of The Nation address being delivered by the current President Jacob Zuma at Parliament in Cape Town, June 3, 2009.
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Nelson Mandela attends the inauguration of President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria May 9, 2009.
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President Nelson Mandela, right, with Louis Luyt, centre, before the start of the 1995 world cup.
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Mandela in 1994.
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The Queen visiting Mandela in 1995.
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Left, Mandela in 1992, right, Mandela accepting a Boston Celtics basketball team jersey bearing his name in 1990.
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Mandela in London, delivering a speech at a concert in his honour in 1990.
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Mandela in London, delivering a speech at a concert in his honour in 1990.
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Mandela in 1964, aged 45 awaiting his sentence after being accused of planning a "violent revoloution" against South Africa's racist policies.
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Left, Mandela acknowledging applause in Washington in 1990, Right, Mandela leaving court in 1958.
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Mandela, left, with Pope John Paul II during a private audience at the Vatican in 1990.
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Mandela sharing a laugh at a rally in Toronto, in 1990.
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Mandela leads a rally in Stockholm, Sweden.
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President Nelson Mandela at the opening of the CHOGUM conference in Auckland in 1995.
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President Nelson Mandela at the opening of the CHOGUM conference in Auckland in 1995.
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President Nelson Mandela shakes the hand of John Minto when he met the 1981 springbok protesters and thanked them for their efforts at St Mathews in the City during CHOGUM conference.
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President Nelson Mandela in Aotea square.
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Robben Island prison, where President Nelson Mandela spent 27 years imprisoned.
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A nine-foot statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela is unveiled outside South Africa's newly renovated embassy in Washington.
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Then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Nelson Mandela in 2013.

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."

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"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."