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A Nelson Mandela Quote for Every Year He Spent in Prison in the Name of His words of wisdom drive our own efforts to alleviate poverty and.

Nelson Mandela has to be one of the most inspiring people on the planet. To say his life has been challenging at times would be a gross understatement. As an anti-apartheid revolutionary, the first black South African to hold office and the President of South Africa, he fought passionately for his beliefs of equality no matter what your skin colour.

Mandela’s passionate beliefs resulted in him being arrested for sabotage in 1963, yet true to his character in every sense, he did not fear the impending death penalty and actively offered his own life in the name of his beliefs:

“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.”

Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment and served 27 years in prison. Imagine that for a moment – 27 years of your life! Needless to say, this courageous man has learned a thing or two during his 95 years of living.

Politics aside, take a moment today to soak up some timeless wisdom from Mandela, a man who was willing to die for what he believed in. Perhaps even stop what you’re doing and consider what you believe in and what you would be prepared to do for it?

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Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous nelson mandela quotes, nelson mandelasayings, and nelson mandelaproverbs, collected.

Top 45 Nelson Mandela Quotes to Inspire You to Believe

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Nelson Mandela is a renowned African leader and perhaps the greatest African leader of our time. Nelson Mandela is from South Africa and has been a strong advocate of love, peace and unity. He played a vital role as the former president of South Africa during the era of apartheid in South Africa. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first black president. There has been an effort to transform Mandela’s birthday into an international day of good works. To embellish his achievements, there a lot of Nelson Mandela quotes that are worth taking note of, hence, Answers Africa brings you the best Nelson Mandela quotes of all times.

Top Nelson Mandela Quotes of All Times

This is one of Nelson Mandela’s best Quotes behind which lies a whole lot of wisdom and thoughts. His deep thoughts brings us to the reawakening when he said:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“There is no such thing as part freedom.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

“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.”

“Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets.”

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

“There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.”

“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.”

“Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged, not coerced, to lead by example and disclose their HIV status.”

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

“The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken.”

“If you are poor, you are not likely to live long.”

“It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.”

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Nelson Mandela Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old nelson mandela quotes, nelson mandela sayings, and nelson mandela proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

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

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.     

Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

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

Nelson Mandela

I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.

Nelson Mandela

Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.     

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected president of One of his most famous quotes comes from a defiant speech he made in.

The wisdom of Nelson Mandela: quotes from the most inspiring leader of the 20th century

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Looking for inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela about what seems possible, obtaining mental freedom and finding forgiveness?

There is no denying that Nelson Mandela is one of the most prolific people who inspired us during our lifetime.

This is a man who stood up for what he believed in by working with words and actions, NOT violence. He was wrongfully imprisoned and could have come out bitter and angry.

But instead, he came out grateful and empowered.

Here are some of the best and powerful quotes by Nelson Mandela to inspire you:

 

Quotes by Nelson Mandela on Forgiveness

1.) “It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.” – Nelson Mandela

2.) “I have a special attachment to the people who befriended me during times of distress.” – Nelson Mandela

 

3.) “I am not a saint, unless you think a saint is a sinner who keeps trying.” – an 81-year-old Mandela at Houston in 1999

 

4.) “The color of my skin is beautiful, like the soil of Mother Africa.” – Nelson Mandela

5.) “In my country we go to prison first and then become President.” – Nelson Mandela

 

6.) “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.” – Nelson Mandela

 

7.) “We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow the hatred and conflicts of the past.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela about love and humanity

 

8.) “We must all strive to be inspired by a deep-seated love of our country, without regard to race, color, gender or station in life.” – Nelson Mandela

 

9.) “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.” – Nelson Mandela

 

10.) “Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.” – Nelson Mandela

 

11.) “They 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

12.) “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.” – Nelson Mandela

 

13.) “The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person” – Nelson Mandela

 

14.) “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela about our Youth

15.) “Of course we desire education and we think it is a good thing, but you don’t have to have education in order to know that you want certain fundamental rights, you have got aspirations, you have got claims.” – Nelson Mandela’s first ever TV interview in 1961

 

16.) “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children” – Nelson Mandela, at a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan at the special session of the UN for Children, New York City May 9, 2002

 

17.) “Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela

18.) “It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine.” – Nelson Mandela

 

19.) “I am the product of Africa and her long-cherished view of rebirth that can now be realized so that all of her children may play in the sun.” – Nelson Mandela

 

20.) “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

 

21.) “The children who sleep in the streets, reduced to begging to make a living, are testimony to an unfinished job.”- Nelson Mandela

 

22.) “I waited for over 70 years to cast my first vote. I chose to do it near the grave of John Dube, the first President of the ANC” – Nelson Mandela

23.) “As I am former prisoner number 46664, there is a special place in my heart for all those that are denied access to their basic human rights.” – Nelson Mandela, closing ceremony of the XV International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 16 July 2004

 

24.) “It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on Earth irrespective of the consequences.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Inspirational Quotes by Nelson Mandela About Freedom

 

25.) “It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my people became a hunger for the freedom of all people.” – Nelson Mandela

 

26.) “To be an African in South Africa means that one is politicized from the moment of one’s birth, whether one acknowledges it or not.” – Nelson Mandela

 

27.) “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.” – Nelson Mandela

 

28.) “Courage is 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

29.) “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

 

Inspirational Quotes by Nelson Mandela About Leadership and What Seems Possible

30.) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

31.) “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela

 

32.) “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying.” – Nelson Mandela

 

33.) “When I walked out of prison, that was my mission – to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.” – Nelson Mandela

34.) “You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela

 

35.) “Significant progress is always possible if we ourselves try to plan every detail of our lives and actions.” – Nelson Mandela

 

36.) “As a leader of a mass organization, one must listen to the people from the back — and let others believe they are in front.” – Nelson Mandela

 

37.) “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” – Nelson Mandela

38.) “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

 

39.) “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela

 

40.) “One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Quotes by Nelson Mandela on Education

 

41.) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

 

42.) “There are certain precautions you should take to prepare yourself for a fruitful study career. You must brush up your knowledge through systematic reading of literature and newspapers.” – Nelson Mandela

 

43.) “No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.” – Nelson Mandela

 

44.) “The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.” – Nelson Mandela

 

45.) “It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations.” – Nelson Mandela

 

46.) “Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in the future as future leaders.” – Nelson Mandela

 

Other inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela

 

47.) “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela

 

48.) “When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.” – Nelson Mandela

 

49.) “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

 

50.) “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela


Which of these quotes by Nelson Mandela touched you most and why?

At a young age, Rolihlahla Mandela already dreamed about helping to end the struggles of his people. His ultimate goal was equal opportunities for everyone.

He was a man not only of big aspirations, but also of wisdom, hope, and leadership.

Through this selection of the best quotes by Nelson Mandela, you would hopefully find your strength to get up and rise from your predicaments.

Let's take time off to understand Nelson Mandela (Madiba) through his words that came from the heart. "We dedicate this day to all the heroes.

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