Nelson Mandela Quotes
Most popular Nelson Mandela Quotes
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
There is no such thing as part freedom.
It always seems impossible until its done.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all.
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
Education is the great engine of personal development.
Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.
Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into negotiations. Your and mine cannot be separated.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
Strong convictions are the secret of surviving deprivation; your spirit can be full even when your stomach is empty.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
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.
Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
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.
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.
When there is danger, a good leader takes the front line; but when there is celebration, a good leader stays in the back of the room.
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 committment?
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.
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.
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.
Disasters will always come and go, leaving their victims either completely broken or steeled and seasoned and better able to face the next crop of challenges that may occur.
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.
A leader, he said, 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.
I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.
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.
Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.
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.