Quotes by Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it’s done.
– Nelson Mandela

Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?
– Nelson Mandela

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

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.
– Nelson Mandela

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

The more informed you are, the less arrogant and aggressive you are.
– 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

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

Know your enemy – and learn about his favorite sport.
– Nelson Mandela

Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.
– Nelson Mandela

It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.
– Nelson Mandela

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

Appearances matter – and remember to smile.
– Nelson Mandela

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

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
– Nelson Mandela

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

We must work together to ensure the equitable distribution of wealth, opportunity, and power in our society.
– Nelson Mandela

Resentment is a method of self harm.
– Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate, prisoners can’t enter in contracts.
– Nelson Mandela

I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.
― Nelson Mandela

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
– Nelson Mandela

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

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.
– Nelson Mandela

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
– Nelson Mandela

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

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

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.
– Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

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