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15 of the Most Inspirational and Uplifting Nelson Mandela Quotes

July 18 is the anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, who was born in 1918 and passed away in 2013. To celebrate the extraordinary life of the South African politician and champion of anti-apartheid, here is a pinnable collection of some of his most uplifting words.

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“There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested…”

–Nelson Mandela

Here are some more positive quotes to get you looking on the bright side.

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“There is no passion to be found playing small…”

–Nelson Mandela

This story will convince you to live life to the fullest this summer.

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“…for with freedom come responsibilities…”

–Nelson Mandela

Here are 14 inspiring quotes about democracy.

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“…rising every time we fall.”

–Nelson Mandela

Here are 10 major inventions that came from accidents or failures.

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“…courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it…”

–Nelson Mandela

Learn about 22 fears you never knew existed.

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“…the time is always ripe to do right.”

–Nelson Mandela

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“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination…”

–Nelson Mandela

Here’s how you can improve your vocabulary in a single day.

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“…what difference we have made to the lives of others…”

–Nelson Mandela

Here are some ways you can use your own passions to make a difference.

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“…what we make out of what we have, not what we are given…”

–Nelson Mandela

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“…they can overcome anything.”

–Nelson Mandela

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“…the most powerful weapon…”

–Nelson Mandela

Here’s how one school is using meditation to make a difference.

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“Difficulties break some men…”

–Nelson Mandela

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“…men and women who hold no distinctive positions but…”

–Nelson Mandela

Read about these amazing women who are changing the world.

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“A fundamental concern for others…”

–Nelson Mandela

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“It always seems impossible…”

–Nelson Mandela

Want more inspiration from Mandela? Read our exclusive 2005 interview with him.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine. She is a proud Hufflepuff and member of Team Cap.