• Today is the Nelson Mandela International Day! Nelson Mandela will always be remembered for his unrelenting pursuit of racial equality and lifelong struggle against segregation and poverty, as well for his passionate belief in humanity. From his testimony given during the trials leading up to his imprisonment to the speech he gave upon his release 27 years later, and the countless addresses and speeches given thereafter, Mandela provided us with no dearth of inspiring thoughts. Below, a curation 15 of the best Nelson Mandela quotes.

    “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

    “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.”

    It always seems impossible until it's done.

    “Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.”

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

    “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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

    “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

    “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”

    "If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."

    “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.”

    “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished”

    Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.

    A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

    "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."