Nelson Mandela Quotes

Why should I know Nelson Mandela?

South-African political leader revolting against the Apartheid-regime.

Born July 18, 1918
Died December 05, 2013

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Best 39 Quotes by Nelson Mandela

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

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

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“Appearances matter – and remember to smile.”

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“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.”

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

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“Courage is not the absence of fear – it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.”

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

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“Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

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“I am the captain of my soul.”

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“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”

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“I have always believed exercise is a key not only to physical health but to peace of mind.”

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“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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“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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“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

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

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

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“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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“The time is always right to do right.”

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

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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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“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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“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

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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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“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”

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

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