nelson mandela quotes

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) was South Africa’s first democratically elected President and one of the greatest political leader ever lived. He dedicated his life to being of service to the world and he made a profound impact on millions of peoples lives.

Here are some best Nelson Mandela Quotes that are worth remembering.

Nelson Mandela Quotes

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

2. “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

3. “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

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

5. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

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

7. “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

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

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

10. “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela

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

12. “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

13. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

17. “While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” – Nelson Mandela

18. “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 for their country.” – Nelson Mandela

19. “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.” – Nelson Mandela

20. “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

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

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22. “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

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

24. “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

25. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela

26. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” – Nelson Mandela

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27. “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.” – Nelson Mandela

28. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela

29. “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

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

31. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” – Nelson Mandela

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