Top Best of Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela was a great man. He was also honoured with many awards. He was born on 18 July 1918 in Mwanzo village of Transky on the banks of the Basa River. His father’s name was Gedla Henry and mother’s name was Nomjamo Winnie Medikizala. He received his early education from Clarkberry Missionary School and did his undergraduate education at Heldtown. ‘Heldtown’ was a special college for blacks. In 1940 Nelson Mandela and Oliver gained popularity with their political views and activities on the college campus. Due to this both of them were expelled from the college. His family was deeply concerned by Nelson Mandela’s revolution.

After this, his family tried to get him married, but he left home and went to Johannesburg. There he worked as a watchman in a gold mine. There he made Water Sisulu ‘and’ Water Albertine ‘his friend. All three together with some of their companions formed the African National Congress Youth League. In 1947, Mandela was elected as the secretary of this organization. Nelson established a law firm in 1952 to pursue legal action. They were banned due to their increasing popularity.

In August 1962, he was arrested for inciting the workers to go on strike. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. He spent 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid struggle. In 1994, apartheid elections were held in South Africa. At that time, the Congress had got 62 per cent of the votes and was elected by an absolute majority, thus on 10 May 1994, Mandela became the first black President of his country. The people of South Africa considered Nelson Mandela as the Father of the Nation. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared his birthday as Mandela Day in the anti-apartheid struggle. In this article, we shared some of the best Nelson Mandela quotes.

Top Best of Nelson Mandela Quotes

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“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

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

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“I never lose I either win or learn.”

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

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

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

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“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid. But he who conquers that fear.”

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“To deny people their human rights is to deny their very humanity.”

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“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

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“Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.”

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“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

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“No one is born hating another person Because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion.”

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

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“Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”

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

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“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

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

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“When people are determined they can overcome anything.”

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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

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

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“It is in your hands, To make a better world for all who live in it.”

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“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”

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

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“History will judge is by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.”

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

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“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.”

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“It is what we make out of what we have, Not we are given, That separates one person from another.”

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“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.”

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

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“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chain, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”


“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.”

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”

“As I walked out the doer towards 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.”

“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.”

“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”


On July 18, 1918, Rolihla Mandela was born, and in primary school was given the Christian name ‘Nelson’. After graduating from high school, Mandela earned his BA at Fort Hare University College. Was going to study for a degree, but he was expelled before graduating for his part in a protest against a student. It was at Fort Hare that Mandela met Oliver Tambo, who became close friends and associates.

Mandela returns to his home village to learn that a marriage has been arranged for him. Unhappy at the prospect, he and a friend left for Johannesburg and Mandela worked as a watchman in the mine. The job was short-lived and he got a job as an artistic clerk (trainee lawyer) at the law firm Witkin, Sidleski & Eidelman, and went on to study distance learning bachelor’s degrees. In Johannesburg, Mandela began attending Communist Party meetings and conferences, although he did not become a member.

Later, Mandela studied law at the University of Witwatersrand where he was the only black student. It was during this period that Mandela began to express a greater interest in politics and he helped the youth wing of the African National Congress (ANC) serve on the executive committee. At that time, South Africa was ruled by a white government that imposed a system of apartheid. Apartheid meant that racial discrimination was institutionalized, leading to racial segregation in all aspects of daily life and a lack of fundamental rights and facilities for black South Africans. Black people were not allowed to vote, mixed-race marriages or romantic relationships, and land ownership rights for black people were severely restricted.

After the 1948 election – in which black people were denied the franchise – the government expanded existing segregation policies that led Mandela and his allies to publicly oppose the new laws and to strike, protest, and boycott Motivated to promote the use of direct action. The Executive Committee of the ANC became more radical and Mandela’s influence within the Board grew, and he was appointed as the National President of the ANC Youth League. The ANC collaborated with other groups and launched a ‘defiance campaign’ against the apartheid system. At a rally, Mandela addressed a crowd of over 10,000 and began to establish himself as a talented and passionate speaker. As they showed more public, He attracted the attention of the authorities In 1952 he was arrested and put on trial and convicted under the Suppression of Communism Act. He received a suspended sentence but was banned from attending meetings and meetings for six months in an attempt to suppress his growing influence.

When Mandela qualified as a lawyer, he set up his own law firm with his old friend Oliver Tambo. He began to get frustrated at the lack of progress against apartheid and became frustrated with the practice of non-violence. In 1956, along with other members of the ANC Executive Committee, Mandela was arrested for treason and was tried in 1958 in Pretoria. The chaotic proceedings dragged on until 1961 when all 156 defendants were innocent. After the trial, Mandela set out to work in organizing the ANC and declared his acceptance that the violence was an appropriate tool to challenge the government.

In 1962 Mandela was arrested and sentenced to five years for abetment offences. During his sentence, he was prosecuted in a case known as the ‘Rivonia Trial’ (1963-4), where Mandela, along with others, accused him of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government. At the inauguration of the defence case, Mandela delivered his famous’ I am ready to die ‘speech, where he justified the ANC’s violent struggle and argued that a’ government that used force to support its rules Does The trial gained global attention and saw the world, as Mandela was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

In 1964, Mandela began his sentence on Robben Island. He was placed there for 18 years and spent his evenings studying LLB with the University of London’s distance education program. He participated in hunger strikes, joined other political prisoners and received many official visitors including ministers and MPs from South Africa and abroad. In 1982 Mandela was transferred to Polesmoor Prison in Cape Town. In the world outside Mandela’s prison cell, the anti-apartheid movement was gaining popular support from all over the world. In the wake of growing violence and unrest in South Africa, negotiations for Mandela’s release began.

In 1989 FW D. Clarke became President of South Africa and began releasing ANC political prisoners. Despite protests within his party, The Clerk went ahead with the talks and announced the release of Mandela in 1990. Upon release, Mandela continued his fight against apartheid and gained global support. In the first South African election where black people were given the right to vote, the ANC prevailed and elected Mandela as the first black president of South Africa. He led his country until his retirement in 1999, observing a transitional justice policy of truth and reconciliation. His involvement in international affairs continued until his death at the age of 95 on 5 December 2013. During his life, He received countless honours and awards in recognition of his fight against inequality and racism. Mandela is a global symbol of democracy and justice.


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