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A collection of thought-provoking and powerful quotes by Nelson Mandela on leadership, freedom, poverty, fear, children, love, success, failure, education, courage etc.

76 Great Quotes By Nelson Mandela, One Of The Most Inspiring Leaders Of The 20th Century

Quick Facts

Famous As: Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and Former President of South Africa

Born On: July 18, 1918

Died On: December 5, 2013

Born In: Mvezo

Died At Age: 95

Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected President of South Africa and the first black man to serve the prestigious head of the state position in the country. A politician, statesman, orator, philanthropist and revolutionary, Mandela directed his life for the anti-apartheid movement. He was an ardent opponent of the apartheid movement. He joined the African Council Youth League in 1942 and directed acts of civil disobedience against the South African government through a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against the government and its racist policies. Mandela's dedication to the opposition of apartheid in South Africa led to his imprisonment for 27 years and his subsequent appointment asSouth Africa’sinaugural elected President. A global symbol of peacemaker, he was bestowed withthe Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his undaunted and unstinting efforts. Just as his life which is absolutely inspiring and motivating for the youth today, so are his quotes on varied topics including peace, importance of education, true happiness and meaning of life among others. Sneak peek into this section and get inspired by his collection of quotes. They are sure to provide you with food for thought.

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.

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

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

Nelson Mandela

Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.

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

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

Nelson Mandela

As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.

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

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

Nelson Mandela

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Nelson Mandela

Appearances matter — and remember to smile.

Nelson Mandela

I am the captain of my soul.

Nelson Mandela

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

Nelson Mandela

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.

Nelson Mandela

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

Nelson Mandela

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up

Nelson Mandela

One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.

Nelson Mandela

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Nelson Mandela

Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.

Nelson Mandela

A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones

Nelson Mandela

One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.

Nelson Mandela

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.

Nelson Mandela

Nothing is black or white.

Nelson Mandela

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

Nelson Mandela

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.

Nelson Mandela

Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.

Nelson Mandela

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

Nelson Mandela

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Nelson Mandela

Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.

Nelson Mandela

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Nelson Mandela

We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.

Nelson Mandela

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires

Nelson Mandela

It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.

Nelson Mandela

I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.

Nelson Mandela

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation

Nelson Mandela

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

Nelson Mandela

Quitting is leading too.

Nelson Mandela

Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?

Nelson Mandela

I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE AND THE CAPTAIN OF MY DESTINY.

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.

Nelson Mandela

The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.

Nelson Mandela

We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Nelson Mandela

When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.

Nelson Mandela

There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.

Nelson Mandela

I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.

Nelson Mandela

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

Nelson Mandela

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.

Nelson Mandela

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Nelson Mandela

Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.

Nelson Mandela

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. -Nelson Mandela, activist, South African president, Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1918)

Nelson Mandela

Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.

Nelson Mandela

Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.

Nelson Mandela

Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

Nelson Mandela

It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.

Nelson Mandela

I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.

Nelson Mandela

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Nelson Mandela

No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate,prisoners can't enter in contracts

Nelson Mandela

Success in politics demands that you must take your people into confidence about your views and state them very clearly, very politely, very calmly, but nevertheless, state them openly.

Nelson Mandela

Money wont create success, the fredom to make it will

Nelson Mandela

There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal trimuph if you have the iron will and the neccessary skill.

Nelson Mandela

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Nelson Mandela

We forgive but not forgotten

Nelson Mandela

Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.

Nelson Mandela

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

Nelson Mandela

For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society

Nelson Mandela