Nelson Mandela Principles

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

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

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

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

“The greatest glory in living is not in falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“And if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.”

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

“After climbing a great hill. One only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

“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.”

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.”

“What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.”

“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

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

“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”

“While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”

“If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.”

“When people are determined they can overcome anything.”

“Forget the past.”

“In my country, we go to prison first and then become President.”

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

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