It is said that no-one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones, Mr Mandela has said.
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The greatest glory of living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall.
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It always seems impossible until its done.
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On this thin, scarcely real and yet so perceptible sensation the whole world hung as on a faintly trembling axis, and this in turn rested on the two people in the room.