Every once in a while, if we are fortunate enough, we witness the rise of a person, different from the rest of the world. Not governed by a singular desire to move forward but with a desire to take his fellow human beings forward with him. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was one of those extremely rare human beings to walk this planet, one of those people who restore your faith in humanity. In honour of the great soul who departed from our midst on 5th December 2013, we compiled some Quotes about life along with other quotes by Nelson Mandela. I guess we could all learn something from the life of Madiba.
Top Ten Nelson Mandela Quotes
Here are some words of wisdom from the mouth of the great humanitarian himself. Keep reading for some life changing quotes by Nelson Mandela.
1. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
2. “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.”
3. “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.”
4. “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.”
5. “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.”
6. “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.”
7. “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.”
8. “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 fulfil themselves.”
9. “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.”
10. “For a revolution is not just a question of pulling a trigger; its purpose is to create a fair just society”
Great men and women have walked this earth but only a few are remembered. It is their words that make a difference and are remembered. Nelson Mandela may not be among us now, but his words will live on through his quotes on Life and education and teach us to live for those around us.