Nelson Mandela Mottos

Nelson Mandela Mottos Collection

Nelson Mandela Quotes Collection

Nelson Mandela Quotes Collection

Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013); African political leader, philanthropist and Nobelist. Nelson Mandela dreamt of changing South Africa. He joined the African National Congress in 1942 and spent the rest of his life battling the country’s apartheid system of racial segregation. He endured twenty-seven years in prison for political offences, refusing to give up on his cause and was willing to sacrifice his own life for his beliefs. Yet, his efforts paid off and made his dream come true. In 1993 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1994, at the age of 77, Mandela became South Africa’s first black president and served until 1999. He made history and to this day, Mandela continues to inspire millions around the globe as a symbol of justice and equality.



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

2. It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Nelson Mandela said)

3. 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 said)

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

5. As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. (Nelson Mandela said)

6. To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. (Nelson Mandela said)

7. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. (Nelson Mandela said)

8. 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 said)

9. Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will. (Nelson Mandela said)

10. Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of

Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements. (Nelson Mandela said)

11. Forget the past. (Nelson Mandela said)

12. 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. (Nelson Mandela said)

13. 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 said)

14. 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 againbefore we reach the mountaintop of our desires. (Nelson Mandela said)

15. Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace. (Nelson Mandela said)

16. 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 said)

17. Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom. (Nelson Mandela said)

18. No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated. (Nelson Mandela said)

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

20. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. (Nelson Mandela said)

21. 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 said)

22. 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 said)

23. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. (Nelson Mandela said)

24. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. (Nelson Mandela said)

25. 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 said)

26. After one has been in prison, it is the small things that one appreciates: being able to take a walk whenever one wants, going into a shopand buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person. (Nelson Mandela said)

27. I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself. (Nelson Mandela said)

28. When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat. (Nelson Mandela said)

29. There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. (Nelson Mandela said)

30. There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. (Nelson Mandela said)

31. People respond in accordance to how you relate to them. If you approach them on the basis of violence, that’s how they’ll react. But if you say, ‘We want peace, we want stability,’ we can then do a lot of things that will contribute towards the progress of our society. (Nelson Mandela said)

32. I am confident that nobody… will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends and also with myself. (Nelson Mandela said)

33. There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way. (Nelson Mandela said)

34. 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. (Nelson Mandela said)

35. Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself. (Nelson Mandela said)

36. 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 said)

37. In my country we go to prison first and then become President. (Nelson Mandela said)

38. I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people. (Nelson Mandela said)

39. Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose. (Nelson Mandela said)

40. Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. (Nelson Mandela said)

41. There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about peace and non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people. (Nelson Mandela said)

42. Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts. (Nelson Mandela said)

43. We can’t afford to be killing one another. (Nelson Mandela said)

44. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. (Nelson Mandela said)

45. Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS. (Nelson Mandela said)

46. There is no such thing as part freedom. (Nelson Mandela said)

47. I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses. (Nelson Mandela said)

48. In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains. (Nelson Mandela said)

49. I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. (Nelson Mandela said)

50. I realized quickly what Mandela and Tambo meant to ordinary Africans. It was a place where they could come and find a sympathetic ear and a competent ally, a place where they would not be either turned away or cheated, a place where they might actually feel proud to be represented by men of their own skin color. (Nelson Mandela said)

51. I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be

guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them. (Nelson Mandela said)

52. In the 1940s, traveling for an African was a complicated process. All Africans over the age of sixteen were compelled to carry ‘Native passes’ issued by the Native Affairs Department and were required to show that pass to any white policeman, civil servant, or employer. Failure to do so could mean arrest, trial, a jail sentence or fine. (Nelson Mandela said)

53. I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. (Nelson Mandela said)

54. I would wear the blue overalls of the fieldworker and often wore round, rimless glasses known as Mazzawati teaglasses. I had a car, and I wore a chauffeur’s cap with my overalls. The pose of chauffeur was convenient because I could travel under the pretext of driving my master’s car. (Nelson Mandela said)

55. Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all. (Nelson Mandela said)

56. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. (Nelson Mandela said)

57. I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism. (Nelson Mandela said)

58. I have retired, but if there’s anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do. (Nelson Mandela said)

59. I was first imprisoned in Pretoria, and then, thereafter, I was taken to Robben Island. I stayed there for a couple of weeks. I was taken back to Pretoria when I was charged in the Rivonia trial, when I was then sent to Robben Island for life. (Nelson Mandela said)

60. Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have. (Nelson Mandela said)

61. My son has died of AIDS. (Nelson Mandela said)

62. By ancestry, I was born to rule. (Nelson Mandela said)

63. I made a mistake by being ejected from the presidency. Next time, I will choose a Cabinet which will allow me to be life President. (Nelson Mandela said)

64. Especially for those of us who lived in single cells, you had the time to sit down and think, and we discovered that sitting down just to think is one of the best ways of keeping yourself fresh and able, to be able to address the problems facing you, and you had the opportunity, also, of examining your past. (Nelson Mandela said)

65. Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual. (Nelson Mandela said)

66. If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers. (Nelson Mandela said)

67. 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 said)

68. Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged, not coerced, to lead by example and disclose their HIV status. (Nelson Mandela said)

69. I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites. (Nelson Mandela said)

70. Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? (Nelson Mandela said)

71. It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea. (Nelson Mandela said)

72. Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace. (Nelson Mandela said)

73. If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. (Nelson Mandela said)

74. I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife. (Nelson Mandela said)

75. Whatever position I occupied, it was the result of colleagues – of my comrades in the movement – who had decided in their wisdom to use me for the purpose of focusing the attention of the country and the international community on me. (Nelson Mandela said)

76. There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease. (Nelson Mandela said)

77. 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 said)

78. When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer. (Nelson Mandela said)

79. On the first day of school, my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name and said that from thenceforth that was the name we would answer to in school. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. (Nelson Mandela said)

80. The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture. (Nelson Mandela said)

81. At the outset, I want to say that the suggestion that the struggle in South Africa is under the influence of foreigners or communists is wholly incorrect. I have done whatever I did because of my experience in South Africa and my own proudly felt African background, and not because of what any outsider might have said. (Nelson Mandela said)

82. The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken. (Nelson Mandela said)

83. Prison life, fortunately, I spent a lot of years, about 18 years with other prisoners, and, as I say, they enriched your soul. (Nelson Mandela said)

84. From the beginning, Mandela and Tambo was besieged with clients. We were not the only African lawyers in South Africa, but we were the only firm of African lawyers. For Africans, we were the firm of first choice and last resort. (Nelson Mandela said)

85. The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world. (Nelson Mandela said)

86. Before I went to jail, I was active in politics as a member of South Africa’s leading organization – and I was generally busy from 7 A.M. until midnight. I never had time to sit and think. (Nelson Mandela said)

87. I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east. (Nelson Mandela said)

88. Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary. (Nelson Mandela said)

89. If you are poor, you are not likely to live long. (Nelson Mandela said)

90. Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit. (Nelson Mandela said)

91. Africans require, want, the franchise on the basis of one man one vote. They want political independence. (Nelson Mandela said)

92. I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. (Nelson Mandela said)

93. Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality. (Nelson Mandela said)
94. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. (Nelson Mandela said)

95. I can’t pretend that I’m brave and that I can beat the whole world. (Nelson Mandela said)

96. I came across few whites as a boy at Qunu. The local magistrate, of course, was white, as was the nearest shopkeeper. Occasionally, white travelers or policemen passed through our area. These whites appeared as grand as gods to me, and I was aware that they were to be treated with a mixture of fear and respect. (Nelson Mandela said)

97. Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake. (Nelson Mandela said)

98. I have always regarded myself, in the first place, as an African patriot. (Nelson Mandela said)

99. Apart from life, a strong constitution, and an abiding connection to the Thembu royal house, the only thing my father bestowed upon me at birth was a name, Rolihlahla. (Nelson Mandela said)

100. As an attorney, I could be rather flamboyant in court. I did not act as though I were a black man in a white man’s court, but as if everyone else – white and black – was a guest in my court. When trying a case, I often made sweeping gestures and used high-flown language. (Nelson Mandela said)

101. You know, you can only lead them from behind. (Nelson Mandela said)

102. The names of Dingane and Bambata, Hintsa and Makana, Squngthi and Dalasile, Moshoeshoe and Sekhukhuni, were praised as the glory of the entire African nation. I hoped then that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to their freedom struggle. (Nelson Mandela said)

103. There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty. (Nelson Mandela said)

104. I really wanted to retire and rest and spend more time with my children, my grandchildren and of course with my wife. (Nelson Mandela said)

105. A bad free press is preferable to a technically good, subservient one. (Nelson Mandela said)

106. A leader who relies on authority to solve problems is bound to come to grief. (Nelson Mandela said)

107. A man and wife usually discuss their most intimate problems in the bedroom. (Nelson Mandela said)

108. A man is not a man until he has a house of his own. (Nelson Mandela said)

109. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred. (Nelson Mandela said)

110. A movement without a vision is a movement without moral foundation. (Nelson Mandela said)

111. A press conference is not a place to discuss rumours. (Nelson Mandela said)

112. A society for centuries trampled upon by the jackboot of inhumanity. (Nelson Mandela said)

113. A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. (Nelson Mandela said)

114. A willingness to make sacrifices for a loftier purpose was the unwritten code of the struggle. (Nelson Mandela said)

115. According to our custom, you marry the village and not the human being. (Nelson Mandela said)

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

117. After nearly 90 years of life, it is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now. (Nelson Mandela said)

118. All of us know how stubbornly racism can cling to the mind and how deeply it can infect the human soul. (Nelson Mandela said)

119. An organisation can only carry out its mandate if there is discipline, and where there is no discipline there can be no real progress. (Nelson Mandela said)

120. As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. (Nelson Mandela said)

121. As long as you have an iron will you can turn misfortune into advantage. (Nelson Mandela said)

122. Being latecomers to freedom and democracy, we have the benefit of the experience of others. (Nelson Mandela said)

123. Belief in the possibility of change and renewal is perhaps one of the defining characteristics of politics and of religions. (Nelson Mandela said)

124. Blaming things on the past dies not make them better. (Nelson Mandela said)

125. Can we continue to tolerate our ancestors being shown as people locked in time? (Nelson Mandela said)

126. Cash handouts might sustain you for a few months, at the end of which your problems remain. (Nelson Mandela said)

127. Children are the most vulnerable citizens in any society and the greatest of our treasures. (Nelson Mandela said)

128. Compromise must not undermine your own position. (Nelson Mandela said)

129. Conflict threatens not only the gains we have made but also our collective future. (Nelson Mandela said)

130. Deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. (Nelson Mandela said)

131. Democracy and human rights are inseparable. (Nelson Mandela said)

132. Discipline is the most powerful weapon to get liberation. (Nelson Mandela said)

133. Everybody comes back to where they were born. (Nelson Mandela said)

134. Everybody just looks at my face – not at my clothes. (Nelson Mandela said)

135. For every woman and girl violently attacked, we reduce our humanity. (Nelson Mandela said)

136. For every woman infected by HIV, we destroy a generation. (Nelson Mandela said)

137. For me, survival is the ability to cope with difficulties, with circumstances, and to overcome them. (Nelson Mandela said)

138. Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression. (Nelson Mandela said)

139. Friendship and support from friends is something which is a source of tremendous inspiration always and to everyone. (Nelson Mandela said)

140. Good use of photography will give even poverty with all its rags, filth and vermin a measure of divineness rarely noticeable in real life. (Nelson Mandela said)

141. Having achieved our own freedom, we can fall into the trap of washing our hands of difficulties that others face. (Nelson Mandela said)

142. Here are the reins of the movement – protect and guard its precious legacy. (Nelson Mandela said)

143. History shows that penalties do not deter men when their conscience is aroused. (Nelson Mandela said)

144. I am an old man who loves you all from the bottom of his heart. (Nelson Mandela said)

145. I am not nervous of love for love is very inspiring. (Nelson Mandela said)

146. I am what I am, both as a result of people who respected me and helped me, and of those who did not respect me and treated me badly. (Nelson Mandela said)

147. I did not enjoy the violence of boxing as much as the science of it. (Nelson Mandela said)

148. I don’t think there is much history can say about me. (Nelson Mandela said)

149. I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. (Nelson Mandela said)

150. I have always believed that sport is a right, not a privilege. (Nelson Mandela said)

151. I must step down while there are one or two people who admire me. (Nelson Mandela said)

152. I pay tribute to the endless heroism of youth. (Nelson Mandela said)

153. I realized that they could take it all except my mind and heart. And I just made a decision not to give them away. (Nelson Mandela said)

154. I stand before you humbled by your courage with a heart full of love for all of you. (Nelson Mandela said)

155. I step down with a clear conscience, feeling that I have in a small way done my duty to my people and my country. (Nelson Mandela said)

156. I will pass through this world but once, and I do not want to divert my attention from my task, which is to unite the nation. (Nelson Mandela said)

157. If a pretty woman walks by, I don’t want to be out of the running. (Nelson Mandela said)

158. If I have any moral authority – and I say if – moral authority doesn’t solve world problems. (Nelson Mandela said)

159. If the criticism is valid, it must be made. (Nelson Mandela said)

160. If you are a politician, you must be prepared to suffer for your principles. (Nelson Mandela said)

161. If you are in harmony with yourself, you may meet a lion without fear, because he respects anyone with self-confidence. (Nelson Mandela said)

162. If you are not prepared to compromise, then you must not enter into, or think about, the process of negotiation at all. (Nelson Mandela said)

163. I’m an ordinary person, I have made serious mistakes, I have serious weaknesses. (Nelson Mandela said)

164. In the ring, rank, age, colour and wealth are irrelevant. (Nelson Mandela said)

165. Insignificant things, peripheral issues, don’t need any compromise. (Nelson Mandela said)

166. It becomes important, the older you get, to return to places where you have wonderful recollections. (Nelson Mandela said)

167. It is a mistake to think that a single individual can unite the country. (Nelson Mandela said)

168. It is important to surround yourself with strong and independent personalities, who will tell you when you are getting old. (Nelson Mandela said)

169. It is not easy to talk about peace to people who are mourning every day. (Nelson Mandela said)

170. It was overwhelmed with a sense of history. (Nelson Mandela said)

171. It would not be right to compare me to Gandhi. None of us could equal his dedication or his humility. (Nelson Mandela said)

172. It’s a unique woman who can turn the whole world around and make it the best living place to experience. (Nelson Mandela said)

173. It’s very important not to shoot from the hip. (Nelson Mandela said)

174. Judge me not on how I have risen, but on how many times I have fallen and risen. (Nelson Mandela said)

175. Ladies don’t want to be marrying an old man like me. (Nelson Mandela said)

176. Language, culture and religion are important indicators of identity. (Nelson Mandela said)

177. Let us keep our arms locked together so that we form a solid phalanx against racism. (Nelson Mandela said)

178. Life is like a big wheel: the one who’s at the top, tomorrow is at the bottom. (Nelson Mandela said)

179. Like truth, culture and creativity are enduring. (Nelson Mandela said)

180. Make every home, every shack or rickety structure a centre of learning. (Nelson Mandela said)

181. Mass action is a peaceful form of channeling the anger of the people. (Nelson Mandela said)

182. Men must follow the dictates of their conscience irrespective of the consequences which might overtake them for it. (Nelson Mandela said)

183. My father was a polygamist with four wives and nine children. (Nelson Mandela said)

184. My favourite pastime: reading. (Nelson Mandela said)

185. My greatest regret in life is that I never became the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. (Nelson Mandela said)

186. My mother was my first friend in the proper sense of the word. (Nelson Mandela said)

187. My present life, even if it’s not the easiest way of life, is very rewarding. (Nelson Mandela said)

188. My wife has put a spring in me and made me full of hope. (Nelson Mandela said)

189. Never forget the greatness of a nation that has overcome its division. Let us never descend into destructive divisiveness. (Nelson Mandela said)

190. No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. (Nelson Mandela said)

191. No organisation whose interests are identical with those of the toiling masses will advocate conciliation to win its demands. (Nelson Mandela said)

192. No people can boast more proudly of having ploughed a significant field in the struggle. (Nelson Mandela said)

193. No power on earth can stop an oppressed people determined to win their freedom. (Nelson Mandela said)

194. No struggle can be waged effectively in isolation. (Nelson Mandela said)

195. No true alliance can be built on the shifting sands of evasions, illusions, and opportunism. (Nelson Mandela said)

196. None can be at peace while others wallow in poverty and insecurity. (Nelson Mandela said)

197. None of us can be described as having virtues or qualities that raise him or her above others. (Nelson Mandela said)

198. None of us can insulate ourselves from so catastrophic a scale of human suffering. (Nelson Mandela said)

199. Nothing is more dehumanising than isolation from human companionship. (Nelson Mandela said)

200. One effect of sustained conflict is to narrow our vision of what is possible. (Nelson Mandela said)

201. One minute can change the world. (Nelson Mandela said)

202. One of our strongest weapons is dialogue. (Nelson Mandela said)

203. One should be so grateful at being involved in such an experience. (Nelson Mandela said)

204. Only free man can negotiate. (Nelson Mandela said)

205. Our struggle is the struggle to erase the colour line that all too often determines who is rich and who is poor. (Nelson Mandela said)

206. Parents have the right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children. (Nelson Mandela said)

207. Peace and democracy go hand in hand. (Nelson Mandela said)

208. Peace and prosperity, tranquillity and security are only possible if these are enjoyed by all without discrimination. (Nelson Mandela said)

209. People expect me to do more than is humanly possible. (Nelson Mandela said)

210. People who kill children are no better than animals. (Nelson Mandela said)

211. Political division, based on colour, is entirely artificial and, when it disappears, so will the domination of one colour group by another. (Nelson Mandela said)

212. Poverty and deprivation in our midst demean all of us. (Nelson Mandela said)

213. Poverty is man-made and can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. (Nelson Mandela said)

214. Poverty still grips our people. If you’re poor, you ‘re not likely to live for long. (Nelson Mandela said)

215. Pride in our country is a common bond between us all. It is the essence of our new patriotism. (Nelson Mandela said)

216. Racism is a blight on the human conscience. (Nelson Mandela said)

217. Racism must be consciously combated and not discreetly tolerated. (Nelson Mandela said)

218. Rather than being an asset, I’m more of a decoration. (Nelson Mandela said)

219. Reconstruction goes hand in hand with reconciliation. (Nelson Mandela said)

220. Respect for human life, liberty and well-being must be enshrined as rights beyond the power of any force to diminish. (Nelson Mandela said)

221. Rhetoric is not important. Actions are. (Nelson Mandela said)

222. Social problems don’t just change because you have made a law – it takes a great deal of time. (Nelson Mandela said)

223. Some criticise us when we say that whilst we can forgive, we can never forget. (Nelson Mandela said)

224. Sport can reach out to people in a way which politicians can’t. (Nelson Mandela said)

225. Struggle that does not strengthen organisation can lead to a blind alley. (Nelson Mandela said)

226. Struggle without discipline can lead to anarchy. (Nelson Mandela said)

227. Struggle without unity enables the other side to pick us off one by one. (Nelson Mandela said)

228. That is the nature of compromising: you can compromise on fundamental issues. (Nelson Mandela said)

229. The advantage of prison life is that you can sit and think and see yourself and your work from a distance. (Nelson Mandela said)

230. The autumn of our lives presages the African spring. (Nelson Mandela said)

231. The beauty of a woman lies as much in her face as in her body. (Nelson Mandela said)

232. The challenge is to move from rhetoric to action, and action at an unprecedented intensity and scale. (Nelson Mandela said)

233. The choice is not between freedom and justice on the one hand, and their opposite, on the other. (Nelson Mandela said)

234. The death sentence is a reflection of the animal instinct still in human beings. (Nelson Mandela said)

235. The great lesson of our time is that no regime can survive if it acts above the heads of the ordinary citizens of the country. (Nelson Mandela said)

236. The hard slog of reconstruction and development is as exciting as the tremors of conflict. (Nelson Mandela said)

237. The important thing is to give happiness to people. (Nelson Mandela said)

238. The mark of great leaders is the ability to understand the context in which they are operating and act accordingly. (Nelson Mandela said)

239. The names of only very few people are remembered beyond their lives. (Nelson Mandela said)

240. The onus is on us, through hard work, honesty and integrity, to reach for the stars. (Nelson Mandela said)

241. The pain went into the marrow of my bones. (Nelson Mandela said)

242. The past is a rich resource on which we can draw in order to make decisions for the future. (Nelson Mandela said)

243. The press is one of the pillars of democracy. (Nelson Mandela said)

244. The question of education has nothing to do with the question of the vote. (Nelson Mandela said)

245. The reality can no longer be ignored that we live in an interdependent world which is bound together to a common destiny. (Nelson Mandela said)

246. The suffering of the people of any single country affects all of us no matter where we find ourselves. (Nelson Mandela said)

247. The true character of a society is revealed in hot it treats its children. (Nelson Mandela said)

248. The whole purpose of a husband and wife is that when hard times knock at the door you should be able to embrace each other. (Nelson Mandela said)

249. The world is truly round and seems to start and end with those we love. (Nelson Mandela said)

250. The wounds that cannot be seen are more painful than those that can be treated by a doctor. (Nelson Mandela said)

251. There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph if you have the iron will and the necessary skill. (Nelson Mandela said)
252. There are men and women chosen to bring happiness into the hearts of people – those are the real heroes. (Nelson Mandela said)

253. There is always a danger that when there is no opposition, the governing party can become too arrogant – too confident of itself. (Nelson Mandela said)

254. There is nothing which makes people more appreciative of a government than that it should be able to deliver services. (Nelson Mandela said)

255. Thinking is one of the most important weapons in dealing with problems. (Nelson Mandela said)

256. Those who are ready to join hands can overcome the greatest challenges. (Nelson Mandela said)

257. To be an old man is very nice because, as a young man, I didn’t get the support I am getting now. (Nelson Mandela said)

258. To be in love is an experience that every man must go through. (Nelson Mandela said)

259. To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. (Nelson Mandela said)

260. To overthrow oppression has been sanctioned by humanity and is the highest aspiration of every free man. (Nelson Mandela said)

261. To this day we continue to lose some of the best among ourselves because the lights in the developed world shine brighter. (Nelson Mandela said)

262. Too many have suffered for the love of freedom. (Nelson Mandela said)

263. Use violence only in self-defence. (Nelson Mandela said)

264. We are all one nation in one country. (Nelson Mandela said)

265. We are linked by nature, but proud of each other by choice. (Nelson Mandela said)

266. We are marching to a new future based on a sound basis of respect. (Nelson Mandela said)

267. We are rising from the ashes of war. (Nelson Mandela said)

268. We can easily be enticed to read reconciliation and fairness as meaning parity between justice and injustice. (Nelson Mandela said)

269. We do face major challenges, but none are as daunting as those we have already surmounted. (Nelson Mandela said)

270. We do not want freedom without bread, nor do we want bread without freedom. (Nelson Mandela said)

271. We give life to our nation’s prayer for freedom regained and a continent reborn. (Nelson Mandela said)

272. We must not continue to be debating, to be arguing, when people are dying. (Nelson Mandela said)

273. We operate in a world which is searching for a better life – without the imprisonment of dogma. (Nelson Mandela said)

274. We should treat the question of peace and stability on our continent as a common challenge. (Nelson Mandela said)

275. What is important is not only to attain victory for democracy, it is to retain democracy. (Nelson Mandela said)

276. What nature has decreed should not generate undue insecurity. (Nelson Mandela said)

277. Whatever my wishes might be, I cannot bind future generations to remember me in the particular way I would like. (Nelson Mandela said)

278. Whatever regrets I have are irrelevant. (Nelson Mandela said)

279. When I have no visitors over weekends, I remain the whole day in my pyjamas and eat samp. (Nelson Mandela said)

280. When we read we are able to travel to many places, meet many people and understand the world. (Nelson Mandela said)

281. When you negotiate you must be prepared to compromise. (Nelson Mandela said)

282. Whenever I am with energetic young people, I feel like a recharged battery. (Nelson Mandela said)

283. With all our colours and races combined in one nation, we are an African people. (Nelson Mandela said)

284. Without the church, without religious institutions, I would never have been here today. (Nelson Mandela said)

285. Women today are very sensitive to men expressing opinions without consulting them. (Nelson Mandela said)

286. You are responsible for your own future, and with hard work you can accomplish anything and make your dreams come true. (Nelson Mandela said)

287. You can’t build a united nation on the basis of revenge. (Nelson Mandela said)

288. You must accept the integrity of everyone and let bygones be bygones. (Nelson Mandela said)


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