Nelson Mandela Quotes

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

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.

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

Having resentment against someone is like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy.

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.

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

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

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

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

We forgive but not forgotten.

Nothing is black or white.

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

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

Money wont create success, the freedom to make it will.

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

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

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

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

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Only free men can negotiate, prisoners can’t enter in contracts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appearances matter — and remember to smile.

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

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

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

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

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

I am the captain of my soul.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

we fought injustice wherever we found it, no matter how large, or how small, and we fought injustice to preserve our own humanity.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Quitting is leading too.

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

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

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

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

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.

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

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

Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.

It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.

life has a way of forcing decisions on those who vacillate.

There is no such thing as part freedom.

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great…

To make peace with an enemy one must work with that enemy, and that enemy becomes one’s partner.

Although I am a gregarious person, I love solitude even more.

In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility.

Losing a sense of time is an easy way to lose one’s grip and even one’s sanity.

Let your courage rise with danger.

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

Politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics.

Non-violence is a good policy when conditions permit.

Violence was the only weapon that would destroy apartheid.

I was a young man who attempted to make up for his ignorance with militancy.

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