Nelson Mandela quotes page 1
born July 18, 1918, President of South Africa from
The time is always right to do right.
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.
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.
I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man
or a white man.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
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 have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have
cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in
harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised.
But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your
enemy. Then he
becomes your partner.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
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.
Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the
education possible so that
they can represent us well in future as future
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time
Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again
oppression of one by another.
I have always believed exercise is a key not
only to physical health but to peace of mind.
One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not
Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it.
As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on
society if you have not changed yourself.
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and
Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by
the actions of human beings.
Appearances matter - and remember to smile.
A leader... is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead,
whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom
fighter in the hope of winning awards.
Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.