Some inspirational quotations from Nelson Mandela

I’m sharing some of the most inspirational quotations from Nelson Mandela (born 18 July 1918) on the occasion of his recent 94th birth anniversary.

On Hatred: ”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.’

On Hope: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

On Freedom: “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.”

On Prison: “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.”    

On Changing the World: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

On Communication: “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.”

On Doing the Right Thing: “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”

On Resentment: “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

On Courage: ”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.”

On Life’s Challenges: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

On Racism: “No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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.”

On Leadership: “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.”

On Revenge: “You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”

On Becoming an Anti-apartheid Leader: “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.”

On his Ideals (1964 trial): “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 will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela at 94
May Tata Madiba inspire us to continue working towards a better world.
—  Guyanese Online Post #1920
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