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21 Famous Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela was one of the most amazing leaders to ever live.  His selfless service to humanity will not be forgotten.  He is an incredible example of how much change one person can affect on the planet when there is the will to do so.  He was determined to help his fellow human beings at the cost of his own freedom.   We hope his words will motivate and inspire you.

21 of Nelson Mandela’s greatest quotes of all time:

  1. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
  2. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
  5. “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”
  6. “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”
  7. “The United States has made serious mistakes in the conduct of its foreign affairs, which have had unfortunate repercussions long after the decisions were taken.”
  8. “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.”
  9. “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.”
  10. “There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.”
  11. “I can’t pretend that I’m brave and that I can beat the whole world.”
  12. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
  13. “Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.”
  14. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”
  15. “I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.”
  16. “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.”
  17. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
  18. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
  19. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
  20. “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.”
  21. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”

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