Here is a collection of quotes from Nelson Mandela
It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.
I have a special attachment to the people who befriended me during times of distress.
I am not a saint, unless you think a saint is a sinner who keeps trying.
The color of my skin is beautiful, like the soil of Mother Africa.
In my country we go to prison first and then become President.
No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow the hatred and conflicts of the past.
We must all strive to be inspired by a deep-seated love of our country, without regard to race, color, gender or station in life.
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.
Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
They 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
You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.
The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person
A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.
Of course, we desire education and we think it is a good thing, but you don’t have to have education in order to know that you want certain fundamental rights, you have got aspirations, you have got claims.
History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.
Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will.
It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine.
I am the product of Africa and her long-cherished view of rebirth that can now be realized so that all of her children may play in the sun.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
The children who sleep in the streets, reduced to begging to make a living, are testimony to an unfinished job.
I waited for over 70 years to cast my first vote. I chose to do it near the grave of John Dube, the first President of the ANC
As I am former prisoner number 46664, there is a special place in my heart for all those that are denied access to their basic human rights.
It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on Earth irrespective of the consequences.
It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my people became a hunger for the freedom of all people.
To be an African in South Africa means that one is politicized from the moment of one’s birth, whether one acknowledges it or not.
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.
Courage is 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.
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.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying.
When I walked out of prison, that was my mission – to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.
You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.
Significant progress is always possible if we ourselves try to plan every detail of our lives and actions.
As a leader of a mass organization, one must listen to the people from the back — and let others believe they are in front.
It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.
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.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
There are certain precautions you should take to prepare yourself for a fruitful study career. You must brush up your knowledge through systematic reading of literature and newspapers.
No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.
The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.
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Author: Philip Isaac
Philip Isaac is the founder of Electrified Mind. He is determined to reach the highest level of personal development as humanly possible by interacting with other world leaders through the Electrified Mind Podcast and absorbing all the knowledge they have to offer (you should join him). His overwhelming desire to make other people feel how he feels about life, drives him.