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25 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Have Changed History



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Uplifting Nelson Mandela Quotes

The latest collection of Nelson Mandela quotes on Everyday Power Blog.


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

2.) 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. – Nelson Mandela

3.) 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

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4.) 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

5.) 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

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

7.) 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

8.) 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

9.) Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe 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

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

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11.) When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. – Nelson Mandela

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

13.) 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

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

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

16.) 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24.) 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

25.) 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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