Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela's Most Insightful Quotes

Nelson Mandela told Oprah why he values education so much:

"No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. Any nation that is progressive is led by people who have had the privilege of studying. I knew we could improve our lives even in jail. We could come out as different men, and we could come out with two degrees. Educating ourselves was a way to give ourselves the most powerful weapon for freedom. . . . The more informed you are, the less arrogant and aggressive you are."

In honor of the late Nelson Mandela's birthday on Friday, we're taking a look at some of the world leader's most moving quotes from throughout his life. Last December, he passed away at the age of 95 after a long life dedicated to peace and democracy. His work had a significant effect on his country and the world — he was jailed for 27 years as an antiapartheid leader before moving South Africa toward democracy and becoming the country's first black president. Over the years, he inspired many as an international symbol for peace. To celebrate his life and his birthday, take a look at Mandela's wise and thoughtful quotes on family, education, and self-growth.

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