RELIGION
12/05/2013 05:08 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2013

Spiritual Quotes Of Nelson Mandela, Champion Of The Human Spirit

Nelson Mandela has died, but the power of his spirit will endure forever.

Mandela was a key leader in the liberation of South Africa, and his struggle included 27 years in prison. Eventually elected President, the peaceful yet powerful way that Nelson Mandela freed South Africa from apartheid continues to inspire those who fight for freedom everywhere.

Mr. Mandela embodied the power of the human spirit, and was living proof that the world can be transformed. The entire world owes Nelson Mandela a great debt that can be redeemed as we continue his work of peace, justice, and liberation.

  • "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
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    "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." — Nelson Mandela
  • "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn
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    "No one is born hating another person because of the color 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." — Nelson Mandela (Long Walk to Freedom)
  • "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." 
— Nelson Mandela
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    "I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying." — Nelson Mandela
  • "I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope." 
— Nelson Mandela
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    "I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope." — Nelson Mandela
  • "Religion is one of the most important forces in the world. Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew, or a Hi
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    "Religion is one of the most important forces in the world. Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew, or a Hindu, religion is a great force, and it can help one have command of one's own morality, one's own behavior, and one's own attitude." -Nelson Mandela
  • "I am the captain of my soul." 
— Nelson Mandela
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    "I am the captain of my soul." — Nelson Mandela
  • "There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to de
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    "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 (Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)
  • "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." 
— Nelson Mandela
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    "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." — Nelson Mandela
  • "One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself."
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    "One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself." -Nelson Mandela
  • "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished" - Nelson Mandela
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    "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished" - Nelson Mandela
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