Quotes: Nelson Mandela

This post is in honour of Nelson Mandela’s recent 95th birthday.

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

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” Nelson Mandela

“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

“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

“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

“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

“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela

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

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

“I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.” – Nelson Mandela

“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” – Nelson Mandela

“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – 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

“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela

“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.” – Nelson Mandela

“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela

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

“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.” – Nelson Mandela

“There is no such thing as part freedom.” – Nelson Mandela

“In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.” – Nelson Mandela

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela

“Give a child love, laughter and peace, not AIDS.” – Nelson Mandela

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

Photo credit: Archives de la Ville de Montréal via photopin cc

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