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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has delivered more than his share of wisdom. We’ve selected some of his most memorable quotes, all of which are as relevant today as the day he uttered them.

Pearl # 1
“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.”

Pearl # 2
“There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Pearl # 3
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

Pearl # 4
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

Pearl # 5
“The time comes in the life of any nation when there remains only two choices - submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defence of our people, our future, and our freedom.”

Pearl # 6
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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.