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28 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes

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Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa, as well as a well known and respected humanitarian, activist, philanthropist, politician, and revolutionary.  Millions look towards Mandelas actions as they fight for their own human rights across the world.  It is hard to argue against the idea that he was one of the most influential leaders in recent memory.

Here are a few of his most powerful quotes:

1. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

2. “Forget the past” – Nelson Mandela

3. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

4. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

5. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” – Nelson Mandela

6. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

7. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela

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

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

10. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Nelson Mandela

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

12. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” – Nelson Mandela

13. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela

14. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

15. “Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fullfill themselves” – Nelson Mandela

16. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

17. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

18. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela

19. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

20. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat” – Nelson Mandela

21. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela

22. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace” – Nelson Mandela

23. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela

24. “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” – Nelson Mandela

25. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela

26. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

27. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela

28. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” – Nelson Mandela

What is your favorite Nelson Mandela Quote?  Comment Below!

Joe Kleckner has a passion for all things motivation & self-development.  From blogs such as Addicted2Success, to the videos of Eric Thomas and Elliott Hulse, to the lectures of legends such as Tony Robbins.  This passion has landed him an internship with Addicted2Success. Follow him on Twitter & Snapchat as he journeys towards greatness, one day at a time.

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30 Inspirational Quotes by Michelle Obama That Will Lift Everyone Up

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Michelle Obama, wife of former United States President, Barack Obama, an American lawyer and writer, a former First Lady of the United States of America, a mom, an author and a style icon. In the eight amazing years that she served as the First Lady of the United States of America, she managed to become an inspiration for women all across the globe.

She has always spoken and worked towards equal rights for women, education for girls and healthy living. She is the proper definition of the modern-day revolutionary woman. Over the last couple of years, she has been encouraging people everywhere with her incredible words of wisdom and motivation. Every single person – young or old, is sure to take inspiration and motivation from her words.

Here are 30 quotes spoken by Michelle Obama:

1. “When they go low, we go high.”

2. “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.”

3. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.”

4. “The only limit to the height of your achievement is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them.”

5. “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters – on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”

6. “As women, we must stand up for ourselves. As women, we must stand up for each other. As women, we must stand up for justice for all.”

7. “No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are BEAUTIFUL.”

8. “Always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody says distract you from your goals.”

9. “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contribution of half of its citizens.”

10. “You don’t have to say anything to the haters. You don’t have to acknowledge them at all. You just wake up every morning and be the best you can be. And that tends to shut them up.”

11. “Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.”

12.Empower yourselves with a good education, then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.”

13. “When girls are educated, their countries become stronger and more prosperous.”

14. “Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own.”

15. “Choose people who lift you up.”

16. “The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued.”

17. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.”

18. “Just do what works for you because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”

19. “Every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.”

20. “Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar.”

21. “Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. Trust your instincts, good relationships feel good, they feel right, they don’t hurt.”

22. “The one way to get me to work my hardest was to doubt me.”

23. “Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

24. “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.”

25. “Changing the big picture takes time… and the best thing to do is focus on the things that we can make in our lives. If we’re doing all that – that becomes the collage of real change.”

26. “People who are truly strong lift others up. People who are truly powerful bring others together.”

27. “We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”

28. “You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

29. “I am an example of what is possible when girls from the beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.”

30. “If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.”

What is your favorite quote from Michelle Obama? Comment Below!

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