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Remembering Nelson Mandela…20 Great Inspirational Quotes


Yesterday, the world lost a great man in Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013).   Not only was he the first Black President of South Africa, but he is considered by most as the man most responsible for ending the South Africa’s racial segregation known as apartheid.  Mandela began his years in activism in his 20’s and fought for justice and equality the rest of his adult life.

Besides being one of the most respected world leaders, Mr. Mandela was also a devout Christian as he was baptized at age 7.

Below, you will find a tribute to Nelson Mandela from my radio show, as well as 20 Inspirational quotes from the former South African President.  I pray you enjoy them as you remember Mr. Mandela’s life and legacy.

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20 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes

1. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

2. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela

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

4. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” – Nelson Mandela

5. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela

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

7. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

8. On the The AIDS Epidemic: “This is a war. It has killed more people than has been the case in all previous wars and in all previous natural disasters … We must not continue to be debating, to be arguing, when people are dying.” – Nelson Mandela

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

10. “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life,” he said. “While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” – Nelson Mandela

11. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

12. “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.” – Nelson Mandela

13. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela

14.  “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela

15. “I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” – Nelson Mandela

16. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela

17.  “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” – Nelson Mandela

18. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

19. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela

20. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


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DJ Wade-O is a New Jersey-based DJ, Radio Host/Producer and blogger who loves Jesus.  He's married and has 3 kids. He also has a tendency to binge watch TV Series via Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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