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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.
"Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours."
"A small hole not mended in time will become a big hole much more difficult to mend."
"Good riding at two anchors, men have told, for if the one fails, the other may hold."
"Have a mouth as sharp as a dagger but a heart as soft as tofu."
"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together."
"Don't ignore the small things. The kite flies because of its tail."