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Quote of the Day: “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

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It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

This is from an excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s book, Long Walk to Freedom.  Here is a fuller bit of the passage:

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

I think this is an especially fitting quote, given that today is the day of Mandela’s memorial.

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Written by Jacob Walker

December 10th, 2013 at 11:58 am

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