8 Inspirational Quotes on Leadership, Courage and Success From Nelson Mandela On the birthday of the former South African president, here's a look at his inspirational leadership, in his words.

By Jenna Goudreau

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid trailblazer and former president of South Africa, was born on July 18, 1918. Mandela, who died on Dec. 5, 2013, is considered one of the world's greatest leaders.

After 27 years of imprisonment under South Africa's apartheid government, Mandela became the country's first black president in its first multi-racial elections in 1994. He championed peace, forgiveness and racial unity. He served a five-year term through 1999 and then devoted himself to charity work.

Click through the slides to read some of his most inspirational quotes.

On Courage

On Resilience

On Leadership

On Growth

On Success

On Character

On Legacy Building

On Communication

Jenna Goudreau is a senior editor at Business Insider and oversees the Strategy, Careers, and Your Money sections.

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