Nelson Mandela Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Nelson Mandela quotes and Nelson Mandela sayings, and Nelson Mandela proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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."

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity."

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

"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."

"It is so easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

"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."

"Quitting is leading too."

"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."

"We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference."

"Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did."

"I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people."

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

"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."

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

"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears."

"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."

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

"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."

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

"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

"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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