111 Nelson Mandela Quotes and Sayings

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Nelson Mandela was a South African revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. We have collected the best 111 Nelson Mandela Quotes.

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

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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.

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If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

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Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

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Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.

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Nelson Mandela Quotes About Fear

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.

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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.

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

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Many people in this country have paid the price before me and many will pay the price after me.

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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.

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A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.

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Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

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A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle,and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor.At a point, one can only fight fire with fire.

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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.

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I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his kin, 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 the opposite.

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Leadership Quotes By Nelson Mandela

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

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Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place.

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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.

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

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

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It was a useful reminder that all men, even the most seemingly cold-blooded, have a core of decency, and that if their heart is touched, they are capable of changing.

As a leader, one must sometimes take actions that are unpopular, or whose results will not be known for years to come.

Like the gardener, a leader must take responsibility for what he cultivates; he must mind his work, try to repel enemies, preserve what can be preserved, and eliminate what cannot succeed.

There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

Although Verwoerd thought Africans were lower than animals, his death did not yield us any pleasure. Political assassination is not something I or the ANC ever supported. It is a primitive way of contending with an opponent.

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

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

I realized that they could take everything from me except my mind and my heart. They could not take those things. Those things I still had control over. And I decided not to give them away.

Democracy meant all men were to be heard, and a decision was taken together as a people. Majority rule was a foreign notion. A minority was not to be crushed by a majority.

What freedom am I being offered while the organization of the people remains banned? Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.

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Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and apsirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry or savour their songs. I again realized that we were not different people with separate languages; we were one people, with different tongues.

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

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion … if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.

A blind pursuit of cheap popularity has nothing to do with revolution.

Violence was the only weapon that would destroy apartheid.

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It was ANC policy to try to educate all people, even our enemies: we believed that all men, even prison service warders, were capable of change, and we did our utmost to try to sway them.

Men have different capacities and react differently to stress. But the stronger ones raised up the weaker ones, and both became stronger in the process.

I did not have an unlimited library to choose from on Robben Island. We had access to many unremembered mysteries and detective novels and all the works of Daphne du Maurier, but little more.

But the hard facts were that fifty years of non-violence had brought the African people nothing but more and more repressive legislation, and fewer and fewer rights.

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

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It will forever remain an accusation and a challenge to all men and women of conscience that it took as long as it has, before all of us stood up to say enough is enough.

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

Prison is designed to break one’s spirit and destroy one’s resolve. To do this, the authorities attempt to exploit every weakness, demolish every initiative, negate all signs of individuality–all with the idea of stamping out that spark that makes each of us human and each of us who we are.

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

Peace is not just the absence of conflict; peace is the creation of an environment where all can flourish regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, class, caste or any other social markers of difference.

Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans. I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all! I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.

Don’t Judge a person by his success stories, but only with how many times the person stood up, after falling down.

A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded, but by those who are in the arena, whose garments are torn by storms and whose bodies are maimed in the course of the contest.

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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.

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

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

It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity.

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May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.

Nonviolent passive resistance is effective as long as your opposition adheres to the same rules as you do. But if peaceful protest is met with violence, its efficacy is at an end. For me, nonviolence was not a moral principle but a strategy; there is no moral goodness in using an ineffective weapon.

The purpose of freedom is to create it for others.

The human body has an enormous capacity for adjusting to trying circumstances. I have found that one can bear the unbearable if one can keep one’s spirit strong, even when one’s body is being tested. Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation. Your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty.

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Later the island was turned into a leper colony, a lunatic asylum, and a naval base. The government had only recently turned the island back into a prison.

A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred.

There are victories whose glory lies only in the fact that they are known to those who win them.

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

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One subject we hearkened back to again and again was the question of whether there were tigers in Africa.

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.

There is little to be said in favour of poverty, but it was often an incubator of true friendship. Many people will appear to befriend you when you are wealthy, but precious few will do the same when you are poor.

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To be free is to not merely cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.To be free is to not merely cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward.

We do not want freedom without bread, nor do we want bread without freedom.

Never forget that a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.

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A new world will be won not by those who stand at a distance with their arms folded…

Some men, under the pressure of incarceration, showed true mettle, while others revealed themselves as less than what they had appeared to be.

May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears.

Only mass education, he used to say, would free my people, arguing that an educated man could not be oppressed because he could think for himself.

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