Top 40 Quotes by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quotes: Here are some of the most inspiring quotations from South Africa's beloved former president Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela Quotes: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Here are some of the most inspiring quotations from South Africa's beloved former president Nelson Mandela.

Top 10 Nelson Mandela Quotes

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it's done. – Nelson Mandela

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. – Nelson Mandela

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. – Nelson Mandela

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed. – Nelson Mandela

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quote: It always seems impossible until it's done.

There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people. – Nelson Mandela

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. – Nelson Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. – Nelson Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela

Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. – Nelson Mandela

When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. – Nelson Mandela

Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people. – Nelson Mandela

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of. – Nelson Mandela

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. – Nelson Mandela

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. – Nelson Mandela

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. – Nelson Mandela

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quote: To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished – Nelson Mandela

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. – Nelson Mandela

I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles. – Nelson Mandela

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quote: As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

When people are determined they can overcome anything. – Nelson Mandela

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies. – Nelson Mandela

It was during those long & lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my people became a hunger for the freedom of all people – Nelson Mandela

To be an African in South Africa means that one is politicized from the moment of one’s birth, whether one acknowledges it or not – Nelson Mandela

I have spent all my life dreaming of a golden age in which all problems will be solved and our wildest hopes fulfilled. – Nelson Mandela

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quote: A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.

The death of a human being, whatever may be his station in life, is always a sad and painful affair. – Nelson Mandela

As long as many of our people still live in utter poverty, as long as children still live under plastic covers, as long as many of our people are still without jobs, no South African should rest and wallow in the joy of freedom. – Nelson Mandela

It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity, or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not. – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quote: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

We were expected to destroy one another and ourselves collectively in the worst racial conflagration. Instead, we as a people chose the path of negotiation, compromise and peaceful settlement. Instead of hatred and revenge we chose reconciliation and nation-building. – Nelson Mandela

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During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. – Nelson Mandela

The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.
– Nelson Mandela

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