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As we have seen over the last 540-plus days of the sh-t storm of awfulness and hatred that the Donald Trump presidency has brought us, being a good leader isn’t easy. Some will come into power thinking that it’s really not that much different than running a business. Or they think they are smarter than their constituents and therefore won’t be questioned. But the truly inspiring, society-changing and genuinely good leaders hear a calling far deeper than their own ego. They are global citizens who aspire for and hope to inspire change. They want to leave the world just a little bit better than they found it. Nelson Mandela was one of these leaders.

Madiba, as he was affectionately called, not only helped to usher in the end of apartheid in South Africa but served as the nation’s first Black president. With stunning charisma, an incredible intellect and a true passion for the betterment of the global community, Mandela reigns as one of the most stunning examples of what our leaders can do and can be. In honor of what would have been his 100th birthday, MadameNoire is pleased to celebrate Nelson Mandela with a collection of some of his most inspiring and memorable quotes.

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