Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela Quotes

Introduction,

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who is considered one of the most important figures in modern history. He was born on July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Mandela’s birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela, and he was given the name Nelson by a teacher in school.

Mandela grew up in a rural area and was the first member of his family to receive a formal education. He studied law and became involved in anti-apartheid activism, leading the African National Congress (ANC) and advocating for the rights of black South Africans. Mandela was arrested and imprisoned for 27 years for his activism, during which time he became an international symbol of resistance to apartheid.

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013, in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the age of 95. He was a beloved and revered figure in South Africa and around the world and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his efforts to end apartheid and promote reconciliation in South Africa. Mandela’s legacy continues to inspire people worldwide, and he is considered one of the most important political figures of the 20th century.

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


It always seems impossible until it’s done.


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.


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.


No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.

People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

Nelson Mandela Quotes
Nelson Mandela Quotes


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.


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


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.


It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.


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


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


The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Nelson Mandela Quotes
Nelson Mandela Quotes


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


It is never too late to learn.

Nelson Mandela Quotes
Nelson Mandela Quotes


Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.


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


I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.