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10 Great Quotes of Nelson Mandela

Marking Nelson Mandela International Day

 South Africans are never going to forget Nelson Mandela. For the fight he fought, they stand tall with pride, knowing they will never again have to endure the indignity of being classed inferior. 

A remarkably wise and intelligent man, Mandela left a great legacy behind.

If you don’t know much about the peacemaker, juts read some of his words of wisdom.

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We cite below 10 great quotes of wisdom by Mandela:

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

“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.”

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“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his 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.”

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

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

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”

“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones”

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

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

Mandela Nelson on the banknote of 10 rands of the Republic of South Africa

Warm Interaction with Muslims

Mandela’s remarkable life journey witnessed historic and warm interactions with Muslims.

In his message to Muslims in 1993, Mandela said, “I have always been particularly attached to the Muslim greeting – I thus greet you in the name of Peace.”

On 30 January 1998, President Nelson Mandela gave a speech at an Intercultural `Eid Celebration

In his speech in Johannesburg, Mandela congratulated Muslims on their `Eid, reflecting on the deep roots of Islam in the history of South Africa.

“Africa has made Islam its own, from the very beginning when the African Christian King Negus and Abyssinia gave protection to the followers of Prophet Muhammad. That example of respect and co-operation points to the role religion can play, and the spiritual leadership it can provide, in contributing to the social renewal on our continent.”