Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation.
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Let there be work bread water and salt for all.
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
After climbing a great hill one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.
No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
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.
I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you the people.
It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.
I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children my grandchildren and of course with my wife.