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The Best Nelson Mandela Quotes

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List of the best Nelson Mandela quotes. Nelson Mandela is a renowned African leader and is perhaps the greatest African leader of the modern era. He played a vital role as the former president of South Africa during the era of Apartheid in South Africa. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. Throughout his lifetime, he has been a strong advocate of love, peace and unity. His words and actions have inspired millions--some of his best quotes are collected here. 

This list is arranged by which ones are the most famous Nelson Mandela quotes and which have proven the most popular with visitors to this page. All the top quotes from Nelson Mandela should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more quotes by Nelson Mandela at the end of the list.

This list includes notable Nelson Mandela quotes on various subjects; if you are looking for subject-specific quotes, those can also be found on Ranekr. Vote on the following Nelson Mandela quotations list so that only the greatest quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite Nelson Mandela sayings get to the bottom of the list! This list includes “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.”, It always seems impossible until it's done. and more.
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    On Bouncing Back

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

    “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.”
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    On Leadership

    “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.”
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    Talk to a Man in a Language He Knows

    “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.”
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