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.


I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all.     

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

The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.     

Nelson Mandela

You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself.     

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

We don't have to be victims of our past, that we can let go of our bitterness, and that all of us can achieve greatness.     

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.     

Nelson Mandela

Change your life today.     

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it's done.     

Nelson Mandela

It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.     

Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until it’s done.     

Nelson Mandela

There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.     

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

The real meaning of the spoken word has to be demonstrated by practical deeds.     

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

I will not leave South Africa, nor will I surrender. Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.     

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur.     

Nelson Mandela

You know, you can only lead them from behind.     

Nelson Mandela

It was not lack of ability that limited my people, but lack of opportunity.     

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.     

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

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

Poverty is not natural; it is man-made     

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela