30 quotes of Nelson Mandela


This post is centered around the words of: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga.

“Who?” you are probably asking yourself. Maybe a bell will ring when you read his full name: Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela, or simply: Nelson Mandela. The name “Nelson” was given to Mandela by his teacher at primary school, because Rolihlahla was a little too hard to say every now and then. Nelson Mandela is the old president of South Africa, first black president of South-Africa, ex-terrorist in many countries, prisoner for 27 years and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Nelson Mandela is for me one of the most inspirational people that has roamed this world, tied with the creator of pizza 😉 . Why is Nelson Mandela one of the most inspiration people for me? Because he changed a nation, a beautiful nation, and while doing this, he found the strength, to change the world.

Below you will find 30 of the most beautiful and inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela.

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


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


It always seems impossible until its done.


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.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.


Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?

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.

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

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

I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.

Forget the past


It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.

Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace.

By ancestry, I was born to rule.

I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.

I can’t pretend that I’m brave and that I can beat the whole world.

There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

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.


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.


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.


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


There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.


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


There is no passion to be found in playing small- in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living.


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



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