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Timeless Mandela Quotes on His 96th Birthday

PARADE   in  ·
July 19, 2014

Today marks the 96th birthday of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison and became South Africa’s first black president.

To celebrate the life of the former South African president and political activist, who died on Dec. 5, 2013, here are 10 quotes that embody the advice and observations of a man who has devoted his life to the service of humanity.

1. “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.”

2. “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.”


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