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65 Nelson Mandela Quotes On The Values Of Life

Nelson Mandela is one of the famous leaders in Africa who was spent over 27 years in prison. His life was full of struggle and commitment towards what he believed in.  He always ensured that he gave people confidence for a better future, he made sure people lived for a better future. Through his development agenda, his country was well built, and the economy improved. Nelson Mandela ensured that the whole of south Africa remained united, and his wisdom still endures within most states in Africa. His quotes become so important in most people’s daily lives as they are a source of encouragement in helping people to uplift themselves to live a better life. He also left behind good educational quotes supporting the students in his countries. Nelson Mandela was a key pillar in south Africa which is why many people like reading his quotes. Life is full of challenges, and we should live a life like Nelson Mandela.

Give hope to the hopeless and encourage the less fortunate.




  1. “You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  2. “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  3. “Those who conduct themselves with morality, integrity, and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  4. “As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  5. “Extremists on all sides thrive, fed by the blood lust of centuries gone by” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  6. “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  7. “Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  8. “Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  9. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  10. “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 Quotes




  11. “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  12. “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 Quotes
  13. “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 Quotes
  14. “You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with, and a sense of humor and a complete relaxation, even when you’re discussing serious things, does help to mobilize friends around you. And I love that.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  15. “When a deep injury is done to us, we never heal until we forgive.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  16. “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.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  17. “One of the things I learnt when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  18. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  19. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  20. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  21. “The values of human solidarity that once drove our quest for a humane society seem to have been replaced, or are being threatened, by a crass materialism and pursuit of social goals of instant gratification.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  22. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  23. “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 Quotes
  24. “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  25. “Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  26. “I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  27. “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  28. “The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  29. “Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  30. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  31. “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  32. “The chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them. The chains on all of my people were the chains on me.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  33. “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  34. “Mr. Fraser, is Donald Bradman still alive?” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  35. “You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  36. “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  37. “No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  38. “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 Quotes
  39. “Only free men can negotiate. A prisoner cannot enter into contracts.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  40. “Human beings have got the ability to adjust to anything.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  41. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  42. “One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  43. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  44. “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  45. “Greed and power has turned brother against brother.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  46. “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  47. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  48. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  49. “I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  50. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  51. “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 Quotes
  52. “In my country we go to prison first and then become President.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  53. “As a leader of a mass organization, one must listen to the people.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  54. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  55. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes




  56. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  57. ”Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  58. “I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  59. “We must strive to be moved by a generosity of spirit that will enable us to outgrow the hatred and conflicts of the past.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  60. “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 Quotes




  61. “Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  62. “Together we must set out to correct the defects of the past.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  63. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  64. “If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes
  65. “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say.” – Nelson Mandela Quotes