Nelson Mandela Quotes
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.
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.
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.
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.
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.
I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
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.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
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.
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.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
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.
The right to strike is in the Constitution, but for [workers] to target people who have been assisting us creates difficulties. Without funds, we could not have built the organization, we could not have won the election.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.