10 Madiba quotes that will inspire you to live your best life

By Samantha Luiz
18 July 2016

Happy birthday, Tata Madiba.

In honour of Mandela Day, we compiled some of our top Madiba quotes. 1. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 2. I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

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3. Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. 4. A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. 5. Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.

6. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. 7. I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. 8. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

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9. 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.

10. I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.

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