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Quotes by Nelson Mandela

A Collection of Quotes by Nelson Mandela

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”

“While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”

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

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

“We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just , and lasting peace.”

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

“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world.”

“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.”

“If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important, and you do that by being genuine and humble.”

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

“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.”

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

“When people are determined they can overcome anything.”

“What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

“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.”

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.”

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

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

“Forget the past.”

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

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

“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”

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

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

“The greatest glory in living is not in falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

“Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.”

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

“Nothing is black or white.”

“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.”

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

“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”

“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.”

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

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

“To deny people their human rights is to deny their very humanity.”

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you have altered.”

“People respond in accordance to how you treat them.”

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

“It is what we make out of what we have given, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice.”

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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