Nelson Mandela Quotes About Leadership, Soul, Society, Victory

Nelson Mandela Quotes About Leadership, Soul, Society, Victory

Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela Quotes:

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

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela with wife
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A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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

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

Nelson Mandela

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.

Nelson Mandela

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.

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

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

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

Nelson Mandela

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

Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.

Nelson Mandela

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

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.

Nelson Mandela

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

Forget the past.

Nelson Mandela

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

Nelson Mandela

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

Nelson Mandela

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

Nelson Mandela

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

Nelson Mandela

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

Nelson Mandela

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

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

Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.

Nelson Mandela

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

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

Nelson Mandela

Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.

Nelson Mandela

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

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.

Nelson Mandela

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

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

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

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

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

Nelson Mandela

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.

Nelson Mandela

By ancestry, I was born to rule.

Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 shop and buying a newspaper, speaking or choosing to remain silent. The simple act of being able to control one’s person.

Nelson Mandela

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

Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.

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Who is Nelson Mandela?

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, statesman, and philanthropist who led the country from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black president and the first elected in a democratic election with full representation.

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