Nelson Mandela

Whether they were heroes, poets, scholars, or leaders, the brightest minds in human history have thought and written about values and their meanings. Here are some inspirational quotes by Nelson Mandela.

class and grace

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

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

respect

“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 (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

perseverance

“It always seems impossible until its done.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

inspiration

“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 (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

motivation

“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 (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

making a difference

“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 (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

justice

“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 (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

education

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

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa

perseverance

“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 (1918-2013); Former President Of South Africa