Nelson Mandela (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

Nelson Mandela's words have cast a lasting legacy of justice, activism and peace over the world. In honor of his life, we look back at some of the legend's most memorable and insightful quotes.

From Mandela's "No Easy Walk to Freedom" speech in August 1953

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From a letter he wrote while still imprisoned. His youngest daughter, Zindzi, read this to a Johannesburg crowd on Feb. 10, 1985.

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From his "No Easy Walk to Freedom" speech" in August 1953

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From a speech he gave presenting the African Peace Award to Mozambique in November 1997 

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From a speech made in Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden, in March 1990 

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From a speech at the Potchefstroom University in South Africa in February 1996

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From Mandela's inaugural address as the president of South Africa on May 10, 1994 

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Mandela at his second 46664 concert for AIDS relief in Cape Town in March 2005 

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From Mandela's address on the 20th anniversary of Steve Biko's death on Sept. 12, 1997 

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From the "The Struggle Is My Life" press statement from June 26, 1961 

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From Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom

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From an address at Mandela's investiture as doctor of laws on August 1, 1993 

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From remarks delivered at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway on Dec. 10, 1993