Nelson Mandela Quotes that I love


Today as we celebrate the birthday of Nelson Mandela, we are reminded of his legacy. I have compiled some of my favourite Nelson Mandela quotes.

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Happy birthday Mandela.

Here are some of my favourite quotes.

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.

Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.

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.

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.

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

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.

Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.

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.

A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.

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

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

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished

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

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

When people are determined they can overcome anything.

I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.


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  1. We will remember you always, Its a great loss to this planet after M.K.Gandhi..

    My soul cries for this great loss of Hon. Mr. Nelson Mandela – A great man, who thought people to respect oneself and one another without any distinctions.

    May his soul bring the change in each one of us on this planet.

    “Satyameva Jayathe”..

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