35 Nelson Mandela Quotes To Change Your Life

By March 7, 2019 Quotes

Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s first black head of state from 1994 to 1999. He was known not only as an iconic statesman, but also a brilliant orator. Nelson passed away on December 5, 2013.

Here are 35 Nelson Mandela Quotes to remember him:

  1. “Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” Nelson Mandela


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


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


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


  1. “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “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.” Nelson Mandela


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  1. “I never lose. I either win or learn.” Nelson Mandela


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


18. “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.” Nelson Mandela


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


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


  1. “We need to exert ourselves that much more, and break out of the vicious cycle of dependence imposed on us by the financially powerful: those in command of immense market power and those who dare to fashion the world in their own image.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “Forget the past.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.” Nelson Mandela


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


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


  1. “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.” Nelson Mandela


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


  1. “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.” Nelson Mandela


  1. “There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.” Nelson Mandela


33. “I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent.” Nelson Mandela


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


35 “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all person live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela


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