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Nelson Mandela Quotes

Quotes by Anti-Apartheid Activist Nelson Mandela


The name Nelson Mandela has become synonymous with the removal of the Apartheid regime. South Africa owes a lot to Nelson Mandela's untiring efforts for the cause of freedom. Regardless of your nationality, you can't help being moved by these Nelson Mandela quotes. They exude belief and self-esteem.

A Long Walk to Freedom
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

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

A Long Walk to Freedom
When you let your own light shine, you unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

A Long Walk to Freedom
I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all! I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.

A Long Walk to Freedom
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

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.

Nobel Lecture, 1993
A new society cannot be created by reproducing the repugnant past, however refined or enticingly repackaged.

On Larry King Live
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. I tell them that I was also a terrorist yesterday, but, today, I am admired by the very people who said I was one.

Speech 1995
Freedom would be meaningless without security in the home and in the streets.

Speech, May 1994
Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.

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