30 Powerful Quotes From Nelson Mandela

Here are 30 powerful quotes from Nelson Mandela, a former President of South Africa. Sorted from where it was said:

  1. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Speech in South Africa, 1993
  2. “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.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  3. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Attributed, 2001
  4. “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.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  5. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Attributed, 1995
  6. “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.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  7. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Attributed, 2008
  8. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Attributed, 1993
  9. “We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – From “Speech at the Rivonai Trail”, 1964
  10. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Attributed, 2001
  11. “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  12. “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Inaugural Address, 1994
  13. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Speech at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, 1995
  14. “I never lose. I either win or learn.” – Attributed, 2001
  15. “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.” – Speech at Walter Sisulu’s 90th birthday celebration, 2002
  16. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.” – Speech at the Live 8 concert, 2005
  17. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  18. “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  19. “Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” – Inaugural Address, 1994
  20. “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” – Speech in Pretoria, 1997
  21. “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” – Attributed, 2001
  22. “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  23. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Speech at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, 1995
  24. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Attributed, 2008
  25. “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” – Speech at the launch of the “Make Poverty History” campaign, 2007
  26. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Speech in Durban, 1995
  27. “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.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  28. “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  29. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” – From “Long Walk to Freedom”, 1994
  30. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” – Attributed, 2001

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