22 Inspirational Quotes by Nelson Mandela

1990 South Africa

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Nelson Mandela is a leader and a hero.  For a long time, I have been inspired by his wise words.  As a tribute to the great Nelson Mandela, I have included some of his inspiring quotes below.

“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.”

“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.”

“As I walked out the door to 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.”

“May your choices reflect your hope, not your fears.”

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

“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.”

“I am the captain of my soul.”

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

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

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

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

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

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.”

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

What is your favorite quote by Nelson Mandela?  My favorites are the first two above.

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