58 Nelson Mandela Quotes: Lessons on Courage And Education

Find here the best collected inspirational quotes said by Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary. He is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in modern history. Mandela devoted himself to the anti-apartheid struggle for the African people during his lifetime. He also served as the first black president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His government focused on tackling institutional racism and ending the legacy of apartheid by promoting racial reconciliation.

Mandela cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all individuals lived together in harmony and with equal opportunities. Check out here the best inspiring sayings and quotes said by Nelson Mandela that will help you to make yourself a better person.

Nelson Mandela’s definition of courage

Nelson Mandela’s Quotes will help you to know more about the importance of courage.

1. “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 best inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to make yourself a better person

2. “Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.” ― Nelson Mandela

The best inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to make yourself a better person

How to lead yourself to become a leader?

Nelson Mandela’s thoughts will help you to take leadership to become a great leader.

3. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.” ― Nelson Mandela

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4. “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

Quotes About Education

Nelson Mandela’s Quotes will help you to know the importance of education.

5. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

The best inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to make yourself a better person

6. “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” ― Nelson Mandela

7. “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.” ― Nelson Mandela

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Quotes About Freedom

8. “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

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9. “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

Quotes About Perseverance

10. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ― Nelson Mandela

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

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Quotes About Hate and love

12. “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.” ― Nelson Mandela

Quotes About Language and Communication

13. “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

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14. “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

Quotes About Poverty

15. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. 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. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” ― Nelson Mandela

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16. “Poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” ― Nelson Mandela

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Nation Quotes by Nelson Mandela

17. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ― Nelson Mandela

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Inspiring living Quotes by Nelson Mandela

18. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” ― Nelson Mandela

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Quotes About Mercy

19. “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.” ― Nelson Mandela

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Quotes to spread peace

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

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21. “Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.” ― Nelson Mandela

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22. “It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.” ― Nelson Mandela

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23. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.” ― Nelson Mandela

The best inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to make yourself a better person

24. “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.” ― Nelson Mandela

Quotes to know the importance of team

25. “No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.” ― Nelson Mandela

The best inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to make yourself a better person

26. “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

27. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ― Nelson Mandela

28. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ― Nelson Mandela

29. “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.” ― Nelson Mandela

Famous Thoughts by Nelson Mandela

30. “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

31. “A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” ― Nelson Mandela

32. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” ― Nelson Mandela

33. “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. 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 that I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” ― Nelson Mandela

34. “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.” ― Nelson Mandela

35. “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

36. “Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.” ― Nelson Mandela

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

38. “Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.” ― Nelson Mandela

39. “We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” ― Nelson Mandela

40. “Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.” ― Nelson Mandela

41. “The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.” ― Nelson Mandela

42. “Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.” ― Nelson Mandela

43. “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” ― Nelson Mandela

44. “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

45. “No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.” ― Nelson Mandela

46. “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 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. Even in the grimmest times in prison, when my comrades and I were pushed to our limits, I would see a glimmer of humanity in one of the guards, perhaps just for a second, but it was enough to reassure me and keep me going. Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” ― Nelson Mandela

47. “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

48. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will” ― Nelson Mandela

49. “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 frighten us.” ― Nelson Mandela

50. “Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.” ― Nelson Mandela

51. “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… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” ― Nelson Mandela

52. “There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.” ― Nelson Mandela

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

54. “I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.” ― Nelson Mandela

55. “We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.” ― Nelson Mandela

56. “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” ― Nelson Mandela

57. “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.” ― Nelson Mandela

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

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