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15 quotes to remember Nelson Mandela

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A prisoner for 27 years, the first black president of South Africa, the holder of countless honorary degrees, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, the world's most famous freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, died at 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. Here is a list of his most quote-worthy writings and utterances:

  1. "Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."
  2. "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."
  3. "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."
  4. "I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, 'Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people;' instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise."
  5. "In my country we go to prison first and then become President."
  6. "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."
  7. "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying."
  8. "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."
  9. "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."
  10. "When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw."
  11. "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."
  12. "Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose."
  13. "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
  14. "The time is always right to do right."
  15. "The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us."
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