Nelson Mandela Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Nelson Mandela quotes, Nelson Mandela sayings, and Nelson Mandela proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

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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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It always seems impossible until it's done.     

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It always seems impossible until it's done.     

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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.

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

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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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Great anger and violence can never build a nation.

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Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.     

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Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one's commitment.     

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Even behind prison walls I can see the heavy clouds and the blue sky over the horizon.

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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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It always seems impossible until it's done.     

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

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Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and breathless you become, but your views become more extensive.     

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

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Part of building a new nation means building a spirit of tolerance, love and respect amongst the people of this country.

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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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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.     

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We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.     

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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.

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I am the captain of my soul.     

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

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

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Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.     

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

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When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.

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