"Any man that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose."
Mandela in boxing gloves circa 1950 (Photo: Getty)
"It always seems impossible until it's done."
Mandela in 1961 (Photo: Getty)
"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity."
Mandela in conversation with Capetown teacher C Andrews in 1964 (Photo: Getty)
"There is no such thing as part freedom."
Mandela and seven others leave the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, sentenced to life in prison, in 1964 (Photo: Getty)
"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
A pile of birthday cards for the still-jailed Mandela on his 70th birthday in 1988, as his then-wife Winnie speaks (Photo: Getty)
"Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious an achievement."
Mandela delivers his first public speech after his release in 1990 (Photo: Getty)
"In my country we go to prison first and then become president."
Mandela and then-wife Winnie raise their fists after his release in 1990 (Photo: Getty)
"I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself."
An estimated 40,000 supporters listen to an address from Mandela as he campaigns for the presidency (Photo: Getty)
"I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man."
Mandela does a little dance after winning the presidency (Photo: Getty)
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
Mandela congratulates the captain of South Africa's rugby team on winning the Rugby World Cup in 1995 (Photo: Getty)
"There is nothing like returning to a place which remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."
In 1995, Mandela visits the cell where he spent 19 of his 27 years incarcerated (Photo: Getty)
"Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace."
Mandela with current wife Graca Machel and then-head of the UN, Kofi Annan in 1998 (mage: Getty)
"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it."
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Mandela on the eve of his 94th birthday in 2012 (Photo: Photo by Barbara Kinney/Clinton Foundation)
Nelson Mandela, the great global icon of freedom and reconciliation, died earlier today at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was 95. Here's a look at the great man throughout the years, as well as some of his inspirational quotes.