21 Motivational Quotes by Nelson Mandela

In this article, let’s look at the top 21 inspirational and motivational quotes by the great political leader Nelson Mandela.

  1. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
  2. “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.”
  3. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
  4. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  5. “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
  6. “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
  7. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
  8. “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.”
  9. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
  10. “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.”
  11. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
  12. “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
  13. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”
  14. “I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
  15. “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.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”
  18. “I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities and a thousand unremembered moments produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, Henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise.”
  19. “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.”
  20. “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation.”
  21. “As long as many of our people still live in utter poverty, as long as children still live under plastic covers, as long as many of our people are still without jobs, no South African should rest and wallow in the joy of freedom.”

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