Nelson Mandela. His impact on this world is immeasurable. He is an inspirational leader known to people around the world. He is a champion for social justice. For the first part of his life, he was a political figure for the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, was elected president of a new democratic South Africa in 1994, and continues to be a role model for peace.
To honor and celebrate his 94th birthday, here are six of our favorite Nelson Mandela quotes:
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."
"It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die."
"Those who conduct themselves with morality, integrity and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty."
"It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences."
"Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."
"Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."
From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations