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Nelson Mandela
born 18 July 1918

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.

Before his presidency, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of "Umkhonto we Sizwe", the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).

He spent 27 years in prison after being arrested in 1962.

Following his release from prison in 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to democracy in 1994.

As president, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.

Mandela has received more than 250 awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

"A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."

Nelson Mandela

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

Nelson Mandela

"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

"I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man."

Nelson Mandela

"Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace."

Nelson Mandela

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Freedom

"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

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered"

Nelson Mandela

"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."

Nelson Mandela

"Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."
Nelson Mandela

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
Nelson Mandela

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