July 18 marks the birth anniversary of anti-apartheid revolutionary, philanthropist and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
The United Nations declared July 18 as Mandela Day, to celebrate and honour Mandela's role in history. The day celebrates the idea that the individual has the power to transform the world.
Mandela fought social injustice for 67 years and was a key figure in the battle against institutionalised racism in South Africa. Leading a group against the government in 1961, he was imprisoned for 27 years.
Mandela's perseverance and willingness to rebel for what he deemed right inspired millions around the world.
He was South Africa's first black chief executive and an incredibly charismatic leader.
Here are some of his most inspiring quotes: