Nelson Mandela

Activist. Politician. Philanthropist. Lawyer

July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013

Activist. Politician. Philanthropist. Lawyer


61 Greatest Quotes By Nelson Mandela

It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it. Nelson Mandela
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Nelson Mandela
Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead. Nelson Mandela
As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Nelson Mandela
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Nelson Mandela
If the ANC does to you what the apartheid government did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid government. Nelson Mandela
One of the most difficult things is not to change society - but to change yourself. Nelson Mandela
Blaming things on the past does not make them better. Nelson Mandela
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela
The call now is for each of us to ask ourselves: are we doing all we can to help build the country of our dreams? Nelson Mandela
It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. Nelson Mandela
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. Nelson Mandela
Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs. Nelson Mandela
You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action. Nelson Mandela
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
Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. Nelson Mandela
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. Nelson Mandela
Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. Nelson Mandela
The day I am afraid to do, that is the day I am no longer fit to lead. Nelson Mandela
The wounds that cannot be seen are more painful than those that can be treated by a doctor. Nelson Mandela
You mustn't compromise your principles, but you mustn't humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated. Nelson Mandela
I never lose. Either I win or I learn. Nelson Mandela
Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. Nelson Mandela
Where you stand depends on where you sit. Nelson Mandela
No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. Nelson Mandela
Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. Nelson Mandela
One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen. Nelson Mandela
I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles. Nelson Mandela
Exercise is the key not only to physical health but to peace of mind. Nelson Mandela
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela
Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening. 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
In a sick country every step to health is an insult to those who live on its sickness. Nelson Mandela
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. Nelson Mandela
There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return. Nelson Mandela
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. Nelson Mandela
A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it's lowest ones. Nelson Mandela
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. Nelson Mandela
Appearances matter — and remember to smile. 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
In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains. Nelson Mandela
It is not the kings and generals that make history, but the masses of the people. 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
It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. Nelson Mandela
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace. Nelson Mandela
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
I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism. Nelson Mandela
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. Nelson Mandela
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. Nelson Mandela
May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. Nelson Mandela
No power on this earth can destroy the thirst for human dignity. Nelson Mandela
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. Nelson Mandela