Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Timeless Quotes

Posted on 08 December 2013

Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid icon, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013. To remember Nelson Mandela we look back at some of his inspirational quotes.

Nelson Mandela Quotes

“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.”

“One of the most difficult things is not to change society – but to change yourself.”

“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.”

“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.”

“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

“I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”

“The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.”

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”

“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.”

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

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

“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished”

And finally, this is one of my favorite songs from a South African tenor opera singer – Siphiwo Ntshebe. This was a song that the singer praised Nelson Mandela.

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