101 Nelson Mandela Quotes: Celebrate Mandela Day

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Celebrate one of the greatest men to walk the earth! Thank you Nelson Mandela for being such an inspirational leader. July 18th is #MandelaDay!

Former South African President Nelson Mandela holds the Jules Rimet World cup beside Capetown Archbishop Desmond Tutu, at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on May15, 2004. 

Former South African President Nelson Mandela holds the Jules Rimet World cup beside Capetown Archbishop Desmond Tutu, at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich on May 15, 2004.  Franck Fife, AFP
  1. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
  2. “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
  3. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Nelson Mandela
  4. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela
  5. “No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.” Nelson Mandela
  6. “It always seems impossible until its done.” Nelson Mandela
  7. “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” Nelson Mandela
  8. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela
  9. “The greatest glory in living lies in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela
  10. “I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.” Nelson Mandela
  11. “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” Nelson Mandela
  12. “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.” Nelson Mandela
  13. “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
  14. “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
  15. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” Nelson Mandela
  16. “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
  17. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” Nelson Mandela
  18. “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
  19. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Nelson Mandela
  20. “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.” Nelson Mandela
  21. “If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.” Nelson Mandela
  22. “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
  23. “In my country we go to prison first and then become President.” Nelson Mandela
  24. “Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?” Nelson Mandela
  25. “I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” Nelson Mandela
  26. “Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” Nelson Mandela
  27. “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” Nelson Mandela
  28. “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
  29. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela
  30. “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” Nelson Mandela
  31. “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” Nelson Mandela
  32. “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
  33. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.” Nelson Mandela
  34. “Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?” Nelson Mandela
  35. “I am confident that nobody… will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.” Nelson Mandela
  36. “There is no such thing as part freedom.” Nelson Mandela
  37. “Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.” Nelson Mandela
  38. “Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.” Nelson Mandela
  39. “I have retired, but if there’s anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.” Nelson Mandela
  40. “It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.” Nelson Mandela
  41. “If you are poor, you are not likely to live long.” Nelson Mandela
  42. “I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.” Nelson Mandela
  43. “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela
  44. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” Nelson Mandela
  45. “If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.” Nelson Mandela
  46. “I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.” Nelson Mandela
  47. “I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.” Nelson Mandela
  48. “Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.” Nelson Mandela
  49. “Difficulties break some men but make others.” Nelson Mandela
  50. “I came to accept that I have no right whatsoever to judge others in terms of my own customs.” Nelson Mandela
  51. “Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.” Nelson Mandela
  52. “Without democracy there cannot be peace.” Nelson Mandela
  53. “We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour.” Nelson Mandela
  54. “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
  55. “Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.” Nelson Mandela
  56. “I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” Nelson Mandela
  57. “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
  58. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” Nelson Mandela
  59. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” Nelson Mandela
  60. “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
  61. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” Nelson Mandela
  62. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela
  63. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.” Nelson Mandela
  64. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela
  65. “I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.” Nelson Mandela
  66. “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” Nelson Mandela
  67. “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
  68. “Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children.” Nelson Mandela
  69. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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
  70. “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great.” Nelson Mandela
  71. “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
  72. “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
  73. “For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society.” Nelson Mandela
  74. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela
  75. “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.” Nelson Mandela
  76. “Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.” Nelson Mandela
  77. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” Nelson Mandela
  78. “Only free men can negotiate, prisoners can’t enter into contracts.” Nelson Mandela
  79. “No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.” Nelson Mandela
  80. “Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.” Nelson Mandela
  81. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.” Nelson Mandela
  82. “We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela
  83. “I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.” Nelson Mandela
  84. “Tread softly, Breathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically.” Nelson Mandela
  85. “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” Nelson Mandela
  86. “Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?” Nelson Mandela
  87. “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” Nelson Mandela
  88. “Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.” Nelson Mandela
  89. “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.” Nelson Mandela
  90. “Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Nelson Mandela
  91. “Nothing is black or white.” Nelson Mandela
  92. “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
  93. “Appearances matter — and remember to smile.” Nelson Mandela
  94. “One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” Nelson Mandela
  95. “I am the captain of my soul.” Nelson Mandela
  96. “Where you stand depends on where you sit.” Nelson Mandela
  97. “We can’t afford to be killing one another.” Nelson Mandela
  98. “Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.” Nelson Mandela
  99. “These numbers are staggering, in fact incomprehensible. By all accounts, we are dealing with the greatest health crisis [AIDS] in human history.” Nelson Mandela
  100. “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” Nelson Mandela

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