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Nelson Mandela International Day: 10 of his best quotes

Photo Credit: Louise Gubb/CorbiArticle By John Armstrong // EEW Magazine News Reporter

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and anti-Apartheid icon may be gone, but is certainly not forgotten.

In recognition of “Mandela Day,” celebrated on July 18, EEW Magazine is listing 10 of our favorite quotes from the man who changed the world for the better.

Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of his birthday in 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.  It was inspired by a call Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”. 

He passed away in 2013 at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95, but the wisdom of Madiba, as he was called by those who loved him, will live forever.

Here are our editors’ picks of the late leader’s best wise sayings.

#1 On Being Courageous: “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.”

#2 On Being Determined: “When people are determined they can overcome anything.

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

#4 On Being Free: “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.”

#5 On Playing Small: “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.”

#6 On Caring for Others: “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.”

#7 On Measuring Success: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

#8 On Achieving Your Goals: “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

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

#10 On Possibility: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

The message behind Mandela Day is simple – each individual has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.

If each one of us heeded the call to simply do good every day, we would see amazing things happen.

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