Nelson Mandela's Most Powerful Quotes

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On Optimism:

"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 feer moving forward. There were many dark moments where my faith in humanity was surely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death."

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