Are you looking for the powerful Nelson Mandela quotes on leadership to grow and lead our young generation to the right path? Here is the right place to find all of that.

There is no denying that Nelson Mandela is one of the history’s most inspirational figure. In every region and in every country, People follow his path of leadership, success and freedom.

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, into a royal family of the Thembu tribe, South Africa. His father died when he was only 9 years old and soon after, he was adopted by a regent who helped him develop his leadership skills.

Nelson Mandela - A powerful leader

Also, Nelson Mandela was the first person in his family to receive a formal education.

Same as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela was a total believer in the equality. He is also a man who stand for what he believes in by working with his words and actions. He was also a believer of Non-Violence just like Mahatma Gandhi.

Here are some of the most powerful Nelson Mandela quotes on leadership, freedom and success.

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“Courage is not the absence of fear — it is inspiring others to move beyond it.”
― Nelson Mandela

“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
― Nelson Mandela

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. 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 live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Fear

“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”
― Nelson Mandela

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.”
― Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
― Nelson Mandela

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Leadership

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Nothing is black or white.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

“In my country we go to prison first and then become President. ”
― Nelson Mandela

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
― Nelson Mandela

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Freedom

“Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
― Nelson Mandela

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on leadership

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”
― Nelson Mandela

“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires”
― Nelson Mandela

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on education

“I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”
― Nelson Mandela

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Love

“It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on education

“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… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation”
― Nelson Mandela

“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. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on education

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

“ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Quitting is leading too.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on education

“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.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”
― Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Quotes on Life

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on education

“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”
― Nelson Mandela

“I am the captain of my soul.”
― Nelson Mandela

“It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on education

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”
― Nelson Mandela

“I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE AND THE CAPTAIN OF MY DESTINY.”
― Nelson Mandela

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on fear

“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… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”
― Nelson Mandela

“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.”
― Nelson Mandela

“We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on fear

“Appearances matter — and remember to smile.”
― Nelson Mandela

“There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.”
― Nelson Mandela

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on fear

“Tread softly,
Breathe peacefully,
Laugh hysterically.”
― Nelson Mandela

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
― Nelson Mandela

“The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.”
― Nelson Mandela

nelson mandela quotes on fear

“A Nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but it’s lowest ones”
― Nelson Mandela

“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”
― Nelson Mandela

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