27 Quotes by Nelson Mandela guaranteed to inspire you

Quotes-by-Nelson-MandelaAs he was one of the most influential people of the 20th century, I thought it would be interesting to explore some quotes by Nelson Mandela.

The late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was well-known as a South African anti-apartheid activist, political leader, and philanthropist who served as the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

He was South Africa’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

He achieved his goals through his strength of character, an unshakeable conviction, and a willingness to forgive past wrongs. In his years as president, his approach was that of a forward-looking, consensus-oriented politician working for the greater good.

History will judge the degree to which he was successful, but undoubtedly, he was a man who made a major impact on history.

So, here are 27 quotes by Nelson Mandela that I think are guaranteed to inspire you.

Enjoy them all, and please feel free to pass them on.

Quotes by Nelson Mandela (1-10):

  1. Forget the past.
  2. There is no such thing as part freedom.
  3. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
  4. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
  5. I dream of an Africa which is at peace with itself.
  6. Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
  7. No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
  8. Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
  9. Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.
  10. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

Quotes by Nelson Mandela (11-20):

  1. To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
  2. Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
  3. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  4. After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
  5. It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.
  6. I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.
  7. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
  8. As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
  9. I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
  10. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Quotes by Nelson Mandela (21-27):

  1. 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.
  2. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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