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Motivational Nelson Mandela Quotes and Sayings


Nelson Mandela Quotes:- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.


Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes


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


“Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.”-Nelson Mandela


“Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla.”-Nelson Mandela

"Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla."

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”-Nelson Mandela


“By ancestry, I was born to rule.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?”


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


Motivational Quotes From Nelson Mandela


“Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.”-Nelson Mandela


“I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.”-Nelson Mandela


“Forget the past.”-Nelson Mandela


“I am confident that nobody… will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself.”-Nelson Mandela


“Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.”-Nelson Mandela


“I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.”-Nelson Mandela


“I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife.”-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 can’t pretend that I’m brave and that I can beat the whole world.”-Nelson Mandela


Top 50 Nelson Mandela Quotes to Inspire You


“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot.”-Nelson Mandela


“I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.”-Nelson Mandela


“I have retired, but if there’s anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.”-Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela Quotes About Socialism


“I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife.”-Nelson Mandela


“I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.”-Nelson Mandela


“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“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.”-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


Famous Nelson Mandela Quotes About Country


“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“In my country, we go to prison first and then become President.”-Nelson Mandela


“Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.”-Nelson Mandela


“Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.”-Nelson Mandela


“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 a danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”-Nelson Mandela


 Best Nelson Mandela Quotes About Achievement


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


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


“My son has died of AIDS.”-Nelson Mandela


“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”-Nelson Mandela


“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”-Nelson Mandela


“Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit.”-Nelson Mandela


Top Nelson Mandela Quotes About Prisoner


“Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.”-Nelson Mandela


“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learned how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”-Nelson Mandela


“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.”-Nelson Mandela


“Prison life, fortunately, I spent a lot of years, about 18 years with other prisoners, and, as I say, they enriched your soul.”-Nelson Mandela


“Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality.”-Nelson Mandela


“Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself.”-Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela Quotes About Education


“The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture.”-Nelson Mandela


“The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.”-Nelson Mandela


“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.”-Nelson Mandela


“There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.”-Nelson Mandela


“There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people.”-Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela Quotes About Development


“There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but a whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.”-Nelson Mandela


“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.”-Nelson Mandela


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


“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


Nelson Mandela Quotes About Freedom


“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


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


“There is no such thing as part freedom.”-Nelson Mandela


“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.”-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


Top 10 Nelson Mandela Quotes


“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”-Nelson Mandela


“Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.”-Nelson Mandela


“We can’t afford to be killing one another.”-Nelson Mandela


“We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.”-Nelson Mandela


“When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer.”-Nelson Mandela


“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”-Nelson Mandela


“Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it’s very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role in their country.”-Nelson Mandela


“You know you can only lead them from behind.”-Nelson Mandela