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Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela was one of the most inspirational leaders of our times. It is with great sadness that we hear of his death, yet it gives us time to sit back and reflect on all that he achieved and the man that he was.

Here’s 101 of the quotes during his lifetime. As a tribute to him, I’ve created an eBook exploring the leadership principles we can learn from Nelson Mandela, along with inspiring quotes and photographs. ‘The Nelson Mandela Way – 21 Principles for Passionate Leaders.’ Additionally, if you’re a blogger and you’re looking for other information and resources about him please see my Nelson Mandela’s Blogger Toolkit

Quote 1
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 2
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 3
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
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Quote 4
“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.”
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Quote 5
“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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Quote 6
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
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Quote 7
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
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Quote 8
“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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Quote 9
“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
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Quote 10
“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
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Quote 11
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
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Quote 12
“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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Quote 13
“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 14
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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
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Quote 15
“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
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Quote 16
“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
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Quote 17
“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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Quote 18
“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
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Quote 19
“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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Quote 20
“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”
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Quote 21
“I am the captain of my soul.”
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Quote 22
“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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Quote 23
“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”
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Quote 24
“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
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Quote 25
“Courage is not the absence of fear — it’s inspiring others to move beyond it.”
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Quote 26
“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realising that all along they are being directed from behind.”
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Quote 27
“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 greatness blossom.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 28
“Appearances matter — and remember to smile.”
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Quote 29
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 30
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
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Quote 31
“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
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Quote 32
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. 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 live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 33
“In my country we go to prison first and then become President.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 34
“Nothing is black or white.”
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Quote 35
“Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 36
“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”
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Quote 37
“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
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Quote 38
“Freedom is indivisible; 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.”
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Quote 39
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 40
“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.”
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Quote 41
“Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.”
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Quote 42
“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation.”
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Quote 43
“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 mountaintop of our desires.”
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Quote 44
“Quitting is leading too.”
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Quote 45
“Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 46
“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones.”
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Quote 47
“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”
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Quote 48
“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”
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Quote 49
“Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer.”
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Quote 50
“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.”
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Quote 51
“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
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Quote 52
“The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.”
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Quote 53
“Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 54
“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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Quote 55
“Tread softly,
Breathe peacefully,
Laugh hysterically.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 56
“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
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Quote 57
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 58
“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
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Quote 59
“Lead from the front — but don’t leave your base behind.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 60
“I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”
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Quote 61
“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.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 62
“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.”
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Quote 63
“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”
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Quote 64
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
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Quote 65
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.”
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Quote 66
“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
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Quote 67
“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
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Quote 68
“Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 69
“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 70
“Only free men can negotiate, prisoners can’t enter into contracts.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 71
“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”
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Quote 72
“I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 73
“Your playing small does not serve the world.”
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Quote 74
“Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”
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Quote 75
“There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 76
“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
― Nelson Mandela
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Quote 77
“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… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never explained.”
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Quote 78
“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.”
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Quote 79
“Money wont create success, the freedom to make it will.”
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Quote 80
“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.”
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Quote 81
“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.”
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Quote 82
“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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Quote 83
“For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society.”
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Quote 84
“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
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Quote 85
“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
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Quote 86
“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
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Quote 87
“It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.”
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Quote 88
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
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Quote 89
“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great.”
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Quote 90
“Having resentment against someone is like drinking poison and thinking it will kill your enemy.”
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Quote 91
“After climbing a great hill I realised that there are many more hills to climb.”
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Quote 92
“There is no such thing as part freedom.”
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Quote 93
“In some ways, it is easier to be a dissident, for then one is without responsibility.”
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Quote 94
“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
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Quote 95
“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
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Quote 96
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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
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Quote 97
“Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children.”
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Quote 98
“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
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Quote 99
“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
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Quote 100
“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.”
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Quote 101
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find ways in which you yourself have altered.”
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