Quotes: Nelson Mandela

This post is in honour of Nelson Mandela’s recent 95th birthday.

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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” – Nelson Mandela

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

“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” – Nelson Mandela

“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” – Nelson Mandela

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

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela

“It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela

“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela

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

“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.” – Nelson Mandela

“There is no such thing as part freedom.” – Nelson Mandela

“In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.” – Nelson Mandela

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela

“Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.” – 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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Quotes: Mahatma Gandhi

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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Quotes: Paul McCartney

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“I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.” – Paul McCartney

“Love is all you need.” – Paul McCartney

“I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn’t weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird.” – Paul McCartney

“In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – Paul McCartney

“I’ve got to admit it’s getting better. It’s a little better all the time.” – Paul McCartney

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” – Paul McCartney

“The issues are the same. We wanted peace on earth, love, and understanding between everyone around the world. We have learned that change comes slowly.” – Paul McCartney

“Think globally, act locally” – Paul McCartney

“You can judge a man’s true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” – Paul McCartney

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Quotes: Helen Keller

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“We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others.” – Helen Keller

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor even touched, but just felt in the heart.” – Helen Keller

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

“The chief handicap of the blind is not blindness, but the attitude of seeing people towards them.” – Helen Keller

“I believe humility is a virtue, but I prefer not to use it unless it is absolutely necessary.” – Helen Keller

“What a strange life I lead—a kind of Cinderella-life—half-glitter in crystal shoes, half mice and cinders!” – Helen Keller

“If I, deaf, blind, find life rich and interesting, how much more can you gain by the use of your five senses!” – Helen Keller

“The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.” – Helen Keller

“Faith is a mockery if it does not teach us that we can build a more complete and beautiful world.” – Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the world.” – Helen Keller

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

“Never bend your head. Hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Helen Keller

“People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.” – Helen Keller

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousand of miles and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller

“I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.” – Helen Keller

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Quotes: Frank Lloyd Wright

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“A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The truth is more important than the facts.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“TV is chewing gum for the eyes.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Less is only more where more is no good.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“An architect’s most useful tools are an eraser at the drafting board, and a wrecking bar at the site.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”

“I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Buildings, too, are children of Earth and Sun.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“A man is a fool if he drinks before he reaches the age of 50, and a fool if he doesn’t afterward.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“An idea is salvation by imagination.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Toleration and liberty are the foundations of a great republic.’ – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Space is the breath of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Freedom is from within.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Get the habit of analysis – analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Life always rides in strength to victory, not through internationalism… but only through the direct responsibility of the individual.- Frank Lloyd Wright

“Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man. There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“The heart is the chief feature of a functioning mind.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“”Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

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Quotes: Audrey Hepburn

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Such an amazing actress and beautiful woman!

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” – Audrey Hepburn

“I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn

“There is more to sex appeal than just measurements. I don’t need a bedroom to prove my womanliness. I can convey just as much sex appeal, picking apples off a tree or standing in the rain.” – Audrey Hepburn

“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.” Audrey Hepburn

“I decided, very early on, just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without my ever seeking it.” – Audrey Hepburn

“You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” – Audrey Hepburn

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” – Audrey Hepburn

“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.” – Audrey Hepburn

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.” – Audrey Hepburn

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.” – Audrey Hepburn

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

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Quotes: John Lennon

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“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!” – John Lennon

“As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.” – John Lennon

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.” – John Lennon

“We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” – John Lennon

“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” – John Lennon

“Rituals are important. Nowadays it’s hip not to be married. I’m not interested in being hip.” – John Lennon

“It doesn’t matter how long my hair is or what color my skin is or whether I’m a woman or a man.” – John Lennon

“You have to be a bastard to make it, and that’s a fact.” – John Lennon

“Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.” – John Lennon

“I’m not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I’ve always been a freak. So I’ve been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I’m one of those people.” – John Lennon

“If there’s such a thing as genius — I am one. And if there isn’t, I don’t care.” – John Lennon

“Before Elvis there was nothing.” – John Lennon

“What we’ve got to do is keep hope alive. Because without it we’ll sink.” – John Lennon

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” – John Lennon

“Happiness is just how you feel when you don’t feel miserable.” – John Lennon

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” – John Lennon

“You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.” – John Lennon

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” – John Lennon

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” – John Lennon

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.” – John Lennon

“War is over … If you want it.” – John Lennon

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