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Nelson Mandela quotes are the epitome of great hope and justice. Nelson Mandela, the country’s first black president, the leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, died on 5 December 2013 after a prolonged illness. Mandela was a phenomenal and heroic man. He was such a person whose birthday was celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day during his lifetime. UN Secretary-General said that Mandela is a symbol of the high ideals of the United Nations. Mandela has been given this honor for his continuous efforts to establish peace, eradicate apartheid, protect human rights and establish gender equality. In 1990, India honored Nelson Mandela with the country’s highest award, the Bharat Ratna. Mandela has been the first foreigner to receive the Bharat Ratna. In 1993, he was given the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Even though Mandela is not in this mortal world, the remarkable saga of his sacrifice and struggle is alive to inspire the whole world. Nelson Mandela envisioned a democratic and free society where all people live together in peace and have equal opportunities. He used to say that, “When a person performs service of his country and people as his duty, then he gets peace. I think I have tried that, and so I can sleep peacefully till the end.” With so much love and respect for such a tremendous immortal personality, I would like to share some famous Nelson Mandela quotes to keep believing and hoping. I hope Nelson Mandela quotes will ignite a new spirit in you all.

47 Most Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes To Ignite Your Inner Spirit

  1. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” –Nelson Mandela
  2. “One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself.” –Nelson Mandela
  3. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” –Nelson Mandela
  4. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” –Nelson Mandela
  5. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” –Nelson Mandela
  6. “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Nelson Mandela
  7. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” –Nelson Mandela
  8. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” –Nelson Mandela
  9. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela
  10. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” –Nelson Mandela
  11. “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.” –Nelson Mandela
  12. “Sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” –Nelson Mandela
  13. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” –Nelson Mandela
  14. “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.” –Nelson Mandela
  15. “What counts in life 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
  16. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” –Nelson Mandela
  17. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.” –Nelson Mandela
  18. “Many people in this country have paid the price before me and many will pay the price after me.” –Nelson Mandela
  19. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” –Nelson Mandela
  20. “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” –Nelson Mandela
  21. “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
  22. “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.” –Nelson Mandela
  23. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” –Nelson Mandela
  24. “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.” –Nelson Mandela
  25. “One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” –Nelson Mandela
  26. “It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” –Nelson Mandela
  27. “It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.” –Nelson Mandela
  28. “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.” –Nelson Mandela
  29. “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.” –Nelson Mandela
  30. “After climbing a great hill. One only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” –Nelson Mandela
  31. “Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.” –Nelson Mandela
  32. “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” –Nelson Mandela
  33. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” –Nelson Mandela
  34. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” –Nelson Mandela
  35. “Quitting is leading too.” –Nelson Mandela
  36. “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” –Nelson Mandela
  37. “While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” –Nelson Mandela
  38. “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.” –Nelson Mandela
  39. “People respond in accordance to how you treat them.” –Nelson Mandela
  40. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” –Nelson Mandela
  41. “I never lose. I either win or learn.” –Nelson Mandela
  42. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” –Nelson Mandela
  43. “I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.” –Nelson Mandela
  44. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” –Nelson Mandela
  45. “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.” –Nelson Mandela
  46. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” –Nelson Mandela
  47. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” –Nelson Mandela

Rahul Bansal

Rahul is a freelance author, chemist, a teacher and has a lot of passion for spirituality, humanity & self-development. Being in the writing industry for many years, Rahul has a plethora of knowledge which he loves to share and discuss with his readers. He loves to write about self-improvement and share quotes he finds inspiring.

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[2] Comments
  • Ainebyoona Henry
    7:20 AM, 16 September 2021

    I couldn’t know what was responsible for my failure in chemistry in grade two until i came face to face with chemistry read to my best and finally got a “B” at the end of my high school
    Running away from your troubles won’t get you anywhere,simply fight your battles without *fear.conquer the fear of failure and you’ll succeed.

    • Rahul Bansal
      11:26 AM, 2 October 2021

      Indeed. 🙂

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