38 Life-Changing Nelson Mandela Quotes

When you hear about powerful and awe-inspiring people Nelson Mandela is one who will sometimes come to mind. There are a number of Nelson Mandela Quotes that will continue to have a lasting impact. His legacy is undeniable. The work that he did for South Africa should be remembered and studies.

Here are 38 life-changing Nelson Mandela Quotes.

Education Quotes By Nelson Mandela

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

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

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“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farmworkers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

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Self Help Nelson Mandela Quotes

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

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“Let your courage rise with danger.”

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

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Legacy Quotes By Nelson Mandela

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

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

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“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.”

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“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”

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Optimism Nelson Mandela Quotes

“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.”

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“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

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

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“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.”

Long Walk To Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

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“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”

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Justice Nelson Mandela Quotes

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

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“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”

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Freedom Quotes By 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”

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

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“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.”

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“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”

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Equality Nelson Mandela Quotes

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

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“There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.”

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Business and Leadership Quotes By Nelson Mandela

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

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“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.”

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

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“A leader. . .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.”

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“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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“Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”

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Wealth Quotes By Nelson Mandela

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

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“Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”

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“There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph if you have the iron will and the necessary skill.”

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Money wont create success, the freedom to make it will”

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

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