200+ Nelson Mandela Quotes That’s Inspire Your Success

(Last Updated On: January 28, 2024)

Nelson Mandela established a legacy that endures long beyond his lifetime as a representation of tenacity and the quest for justice. His words resonate with people worldwide, offering profound insights into success, leadership, and the human spirit.

The motivational pearls that can inspire and motivate you on your way to success can be found in this investigation of Nelson Mandela Quotes, which delves into the experience of this legendary character.

The words from Mandela capture his pursuit of freedom and equality and his dedication to amity and unity. Nelson Mandela’s quotes are priceless when you’re looking for inspiration to conquer challenges, show compassion in your leadership, or endure hardship.

Join us in this journey through Mandela’s words, and let his wisdom inspire your pursuit of success and positive change.

Nelson Mandela Quotes

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


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. ― Nelson Mandela


May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. ― Nelson Mandela


It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela


After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. – Nelson Mandela

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. – Nelson Mandela


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


One day I will be the first black president of South Africa. – Nelson Mandela


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


A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela


The greatest glory in living lies not in falling, but in rising every time we fall. – Nelson Mandela


As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. – Nelson Mandela


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


I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. – Nelson Mandela


Forget the past – Nelson Mandela


Difficulties break some men but make others. No ax 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. – Nelson Mandela

There is no passion to be found playing smallNelson Mandela


It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.Nelson Mandela


Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times — times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry, and wealth accumulation — that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils.Nelson Mandela


Where poverty exists, there is no true freedom, … The world is hungry for action, not words. I am proud to wear the symbol of this global cause to action. – Nelson Mandela


When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.Nelson Mandela


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


Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity. – Nelson Mandela


A winner is a dreamer who never gives up. – Nelson Mandela


You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. Nelson Mandela


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.Nelson Mandela


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. ― 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. ― Nelson Mandela


Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening. ― Nelson Mandela


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


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. – Nelson Mandela


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


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


There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires. – Nelson Mandela


I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended. – Nelson Mandela


Human beings have got the ability to adjust to anything. – Nelson Mandela


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


One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself. – Nelson Mandela

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Nelson Mandela


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


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


If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man. – Nelson Mandela


Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.Nelson Mandela


Millions of people in the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved, and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.Nelson Mandela


Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president. – Nelson Mandela


We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow the hatred and conflicts of the past.Nelson Mandela


Quitting is leading too.Nelson Mandela


A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones. – Nelson Mandela


My respect for human beings is based not on the color of a man’s skin nor authority he may wield, but purely on merit. – Nelson Mandela

The chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them. The chains on all of my people were the chains on me. – Nelson Mandela


Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural, it is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your generation blossom. – Nelson Mandela


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


Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. ― Nelson Mandela


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. ― Nelson Mandela


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. ― Nelson Mandela


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


A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed. – Nelson Mandela


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


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


The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days. Nelson Mandela

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… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. Nelson Mandela


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


I am not a saint unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying. – Nelson Mandela


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


You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with and a sense of humor and complete relaxation, even when you’re discussing serious things, does help to mobilize friends around you. And I love that. – Nelson Mandela


Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. – Nelson Mandela


I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now and will do so until the end of my days. – Nelson Mandela


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


I regard it as a duty which I owed, not just to my people, but also to my profession, to the practice of law, and to the justice for all mankind, to cry out against this discrimination which is essentially unjust and opposed to the whole basis of the attitude towards justice which is part of the tradition of legal training in this country. I believed that in taking up a stand against this injustice I was upholding the dignity of what should be an honorable profession. – Nelson Mandela


You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution. – Nelson Mandela


One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others. – Nelson Mandela


Where you stand depends on where you sit. – Nelson Mandela

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. – Nelson Mandela


As a leader of a mass organization, one must listen to the people. – Nelson Mandela


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


I am the captain of my soul.― Nelson Mandela


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. ― Nelson Mandela


Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished. ― Nelson Mandela


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


I am the master of my fate. – Nelson Mandela


Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts. – Nelson Mandela


When people are determined they can overcome anything. – Nelson Mandela


Many people in this country have paid the price before me and many will pay the price after me. – Nelson Mandela

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. – Nelson Mandela


Extremists on all sides thrive, fed by the blood lust of centuries gone by Nelson Mandela


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. – Nelson Mandela


Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. – Nelson Mandela


I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. I tell them that I was also a terrorist yesterday, but, today, I am admired by the very people who said I was one. – Nelson Mandela


When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat – Nelson Mandela


Remember that hope is a powerful weapon even when all else is lost. – Nelson Mandela


Of all the observations I have made on the strike, none has brought forth so much heat and emotion as the stress and emphasis we put on non- violence. Our most loyal supporters, whose courage and devotion have never been doubted, unanimously and stren. – Nelson Mandela


History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. – Nelson Mandela


At first, as a student, I wanted freedom only for myself, the transitory freedoms of being able to stay out at night, read what I pleased, and go where I chose.  Later as a young man in Johannesburg, I yearned for the basic and honorable freedoms of achieving my potential, of earning my keep, of marrying and having a family – the freedom not to be obstructed in a lawful life.  But I then slowly saw that not only was I not free, but my brothers and sisters were not free… that is when the hunger for my own freedom became the greater hunger for the freedom of my people. . – Nelson Mandela


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


Fools multiply when wise men are silent. – Nelson Mandela


Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.– Nelson Mandela


If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness..– Nelson Mandela

Appearances matter — and remember to smile. ― Nelson Mandela


One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen. ― Nelson Mandela


Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great? ― Nelson Mandela


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


If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers. – Nelson Mandela


It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences. – Nelson Mandela


Between the anvil of united mass action and the hammer of the armed struggle, we shall crush apartheid and white minority racist rule. – Nelson Mandela


Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.Nelson Mandela


Nothing is black or white. – Nelson Mandela


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


Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace – Nelson Mandela


If calamities had the weight of physical objects we should long have been crushed down, or else, we should by now have been hunchbacked, unsteady on our feet, and with faces full of gloom and utter despair. Yet my entire body throbs with life and is full of expectations. Each day brings a fresh stock of experiences and new dreams. – Nelson Mandela


A man of extraordinary vision and deep principled commitment to the cause of peace. – Nelson Mandela


I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. – Nelson Mandela

It was this desire for the freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity and self-respect that animated my life, that transformed a frightened young man into a bold one, that drove a law-abiding attorney to become a criminal, that turned a family-loving husband into a man without a home… I am no more virtuous or self-sacrificing than the next man, but I found that I could not even enjoy the poor and limited freedoms I was allowed when I knew my people were not free. – Nelson Mandela


Long speeches, the shaking of fists, the banging of tables and strongly worded resolutions out of touch with the objective conditions do not bring about mass action and can do a great deal of harm to the organization and the Struggle we serve. – Nelson Mandela


I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for. – Nelson Mandela


I have spent all my life dreaming of a golden age in which all problems will be solved and our wildest hopes fulfilled. – Nelson Mandela


I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. – Nelson Mandela


There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. ― Nelson Mandela


I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise. ― Nelson Mandela


You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action. ― Nelson Mandela


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


I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. –Nelson Mandela


It is not our diversity that divides us; it is not our ethnicity or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us: between those who cherish democracy and those who do not. – Nelson Mandela


I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I, and you, the people, are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. – Nelson Mandela


Greed and power has turned brother against brother. Nelson Mandela


Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport. – Nelson Mandela


I never lose. I either win or learn. – Nelson Mandela

It’s a good thing to help a friend whenever you can, but individual acts of hospitality are not the answer. Those who want to wipe out poverty from the face of the earth must use other weapons, weapons other than kindness. – Nelson Mandela


There was much in such a society that was primitive and insecure and it certainly could never measure up to the demands of the present epoch. But in such a society are contained the seeds of revolutionary democracy in which none will be held in slave. – Nelson Mandela


I never think of the time I have lost. I just carryout a program because it’s there. It’s mapped out for me. – Nelson Mandela


It was during those long & lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my people became a hunger for the freedom of all people. – Nelson Mandela


Significant progress is always possible if we ourselves try to plan every detail of our lives and actions. – Nelson Mandela


Our people have the right to hope, the right to a future, the right to life itself.  – Nelson Mandela


Of course, we desire education and we think it is a good thing, but you don’t have to have education in order to know that you want certain fundamental rights, you have got aspirations, you have got claims.  – Nelson Mandela


The habit of attending to small things and appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person. – Nelson Mandela


You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy. – Nelson Mandela


It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success. ― Nelson Mandela


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


Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world. ― Nelson Mandela


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


Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements. – Nelson Mandela

A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution so that it can protect our rights as citizens. – Nelson Mandela


I am not less life-loving than you are. But I cannot sell my birthright, nor am I prepared to sell the birthright of the people to be free. – Nelson Mandela


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


Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer. – Nelson Mandela


I am convinced that floods of personal disaster can never drown a determined revolutionary nor can the cumulus of misery that accompanies tragedy suffocate him. – Nelson Mandela


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


I had no specific belief except that our cause was just, was very strong and it was winning more and more support. – Nelson Mandela


Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs. – Nelson Mandela


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? – Nelson Mandela


I have a special attachment to the people who befriended me during times of distress. – Nelson Mandela


We too will die but that which we collectively contribute to our national cultural identity will live forever beyond us. – Nelson Mandela


A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. – Nelson Mandela


I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself. ― Nelson Mandela


Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them. ― Nelson Mandela


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

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


I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders. –Nelson Mandela


Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I, therefore, place the remaining years of my life in your hands. – Nelson Mandela


There is no such thing as part freedom. – Nelson Mandela


Tread softly, Breathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically. – Nelson Mandela


A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood & our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope & victory. – Nelson Mandela


Our continent must be allowed to do its own things, charting its course and destiny. – Nelson Mandela


Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have. – Nelson Mandela


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


If wealth is a magnet, then poverty is a kind of repellent. Yet poverty often brings out true generosity in others. – Nelson Mandela


I love playing and chatting with children…feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my…life. I like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family and taking out my wife and children. when you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work. – Nelson Mandela


A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle, and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor. At a point, one can only fight fire with fire ― Nelson Mandela


People respond in accordance to how you treat them. ― Nelson Mandela


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


I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them. –  Nelson Mandela


Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom. –  Nelson Mandela


The death of a human being, whatever may be his station in life, is always a sad and painful affair. Nelson Mandela


There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.– Nelson Mandela


You know you are famous when you discover you have become a comic book character .– Nelson Mandela


There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph if you have the iron will and the necessary skill. .– Nelson Mandela

We tried in our simple way to lead our life in a manner that may make a difference to those of others. – Nelson Mandela


Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place. ― Nelson Mandela


Success in politics demands that you must take your people into confidence about your views and state them very clearly, very politely, very calmly, but nevertheless, state them openly. ― Nelson Mandela


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 a terminal disease. ― Nelson Mandela


I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot. – Nelson Mandela


Years of imprisonment could not stamp out our determination to be free. Years of intimidation and violence could not stop us. And we will not be stopped now. – Nelson Mandela


Men and women, all over the world, right down the centuries, come and go. Some leave nothing behind. Not even their names. – Nelson Mandela


He knew when to compromise. Yet he never compromised his principles. He was a militant. Yet a militant who knew how to plan, assess concrete situations and emerge with rational solutions to problems. – Nelson Mandela


The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices – submit or fight. That time has now come to South Africa. We shall not submit and we have no choice but to hit back by all means in our power in defense of our people. – Nelson Mandela


For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair, just society. – Nelson Mandela


To go to prison because of your convictions and be prepared to suffer for what you believe in, is something worthwhile. – Nelson Mandela


I shall stick to our vow: never, never under any circumstances, to say anything unbecoming of the other…The trouble, of course, is that most successful men are prone to some form of vanity. There comes a stage in their lives when they consider it permissible to be egotistic and to brag to the public at large about their unique achievements. ― Nelson Mandela


I learned that to humiliate another person is to make him suffer an unnecessarily cruel fate. Even as a boy, I defeated my opponents without dishonoring them. ― Nelson Mandela


Give a child love, laughter and peace. – Nelson Mandela


I have been influenced in my thinking by both the west and the east.  – Nelson Mandela


In South Africa, to be poor and black was normal, to be poor and white was a tragedy.Nelson Mandela


A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred. He is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. Nelson Mandela


Although Verwoerd thought Africans were lower than animals, his death did not yield us any pleasure. Political assassination is not something I or the ANC ever supported. It is a primitive way of contending with an opponent. – Nelson Mandela


The Free State Landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in and that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons.. – Nelson Mandela


The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet; it was indeed balanced – between the unpalatable and the inedible. – Nelson Mandela


It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on Earth irrespective of the consequences. – Nelson Mandela


Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. – Nelson Mandela


We forgive but not forgotten ― Nelson Mandela


Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence.  – Nelson Mandela


I can’t help it if the ladies take note of me; I am not going to protest. – Nelson Mandela


I am accusing the truth commission of being abused and not performing the task which it was supposed to perform. – Nelson Mandela


A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed. – Nelson Mandela


Gone forever are the days when harsh and wicked laws provide the oppressors with years of peace and quite – Nelson Mandela


Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great…― Nelson Mandela


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


I shall neither impose my own customs on others nor follow any practice which will offend my comrades. – Nelson Mandela


Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake. – Nelson Mandela


In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.Nelson Mandela


I was first imprisoned in Pretoria, and then, thereafter, I was taken to Robben Island. I stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was taken back to Pretoria when I was charged in the Rivonia trial when I was then sent to Robben Island for life. – Nelson Mandela

Thanks for reading. Nelson Mandela’s Quotes, filled with wisdom and resilience, offer timeless inspiration. Let these Nelson Mandela Quotes guide your path to success, echoing the indomitable spirit of a remarkable leader.

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