Nelson Mandela’s death at age 95 has provided the world the opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments and to recall the challenges he faced and overcame. In following the coverage, we have been struck by how his words can inspire all of us, no matter what the challenges we face. For this week’s Monday Motivational Quotations, we’ve selected these five quotes from Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom:

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.


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


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I have always believed that exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.


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Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.


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