Nelson Mandela Quotes & Wallpapers

Nelson Mandela
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Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them. Nelson Mandela

Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I feel down and got back up again. Nelson Mandela

It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success. Nelson Mandela

It only seems impossible until it's done. Nelson Mandela

Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did. Nelson Mandela

Religion is one of the most important forces in the world. Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew, or a Hindu, religion is a great force, and it can help one have command of one's own morality, one's own behavior, and one's own attitude. Nelson Mandela

Isimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (rhinoceros) and the world biggest terrestrial mammal (elephant) share an ecosystem with the world's oldest fish (coelacanth) and the world's biggest marine mammal (whale) Nelson Mandela

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front. Nelson Mandela

Extremists on all sides thrive, fed by the blood lust of centuries gone by. Nelson Mandela

I would like it to be said: here lies a man who has done his duty on earth Nelson Mandela

There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status. Nelson Mandela

These numbers are staggering, in fact incomprehensible. By all accounts, we are dealing with the greatest health crisis in human history. Nelson Mandela

Let the efforts of us all, prove that he [Martin Luther King] was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold Nelson Mandela

The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. 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. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning. Nelson Mandela

While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Nelson Mandela

There will be life after Mandela. On my last day I want to know that those who remain behind will say: 'The man who lies here has done his duty for his country and his people.' Nelson Mandela

We, the people of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: That South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of the people. Nelson Mandela

Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way. Universal suffrage on a common voters' roll in a united, democratic and non-racial South Africa is the only way to peace and racial harmony. Nelson Mandela

Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would. Nelson Mandela

My respect for human beings is based not on the colour of a man's skin nor authority he may wield, but purely on merit. Nelson Mandela

One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen. Nelson Mandela

The path of those who preach love, and not hatred, is not easy. They often have to wear a crown of thorns. Nelson Mandela

The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all, especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalized. Nelson Mandela

I'm not going to sit here and argue with you. Just PUT THE BLOODY METER ON. Nelson Mandela

If you are stimulated by what you do, you never get tired Nelson Mandela

Abject poverty is demeaning, is an assault on the dignity of those that suffer it. In the end it demeans us all. It makes the freedom of all of us less meaningful. Nelson Mandela

I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands. Nelson Mandela

The people of South Africa have spoken in these elections. They want change! And change is what they will get. Our plan is to create jobs, promote peace and reconciliation, and to guarantee freedom for all South Africans. Nelson Mandela

The authorities liked to say that we received a balanced diet; it was indeed balanced - between the unpalatable and the inedible. Nelson Mandela

Let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is for freedom for all... Nelson Mandela

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. Nelson Mandela

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

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. Nelson Mandela

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. Nelson Mandela

History and the generations to come will judge our leaders by the decisions they make in the coming weeks. Nelson Mandela

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. Nelson Mandela

You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. Nelson Mandela

There is a constant struggle between good an evil in the world. It is up to good people to choose the right side Nelson Mandela

I told my cellmates about the oppression of the whites and apartheid. I helped organize hunger strikes and the like in my prison. Nelson Mandela

Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children. Nelson Mandela

Part of building a new nation means building a spirit of tolerance, love and respect amongst the people of this country. Nelson Mandela

The so-called 'Palestinian autonomous areas' are bantustans. These are restricted entities within the power structure of the Israeli apartheid system. Nelson Mandela

Honesty,sincer ity,simplicity, humility, pure generosity,abse nce of vanity,readines s to serve others -qualities which are within easy reach of every soul -are the foundation of one's spiritual life. Nelson Mandela

Each of us, as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children Nelson Mandela

A society that does not value its older people denies its roots and endangers its future. Let us strive to enhance their capacity to support themselves for as long as possible and, when they cannot do so anymore, to care for them. Nelson Mandela

We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians. Nelson Mandela

A garden was one of the few thing in prison that one could control. To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction. The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a taste of freedom. Nelson Mandela

The Commonwealth makes the world safe for diversity Nelson Mandela

I found solitary confinement the most forbidding aspect of prison life. There is no end and no beginning; there is only one's mind, which can begin to play tricks. Was that a dream or did it really happen? One begins to question everything. Nelson Mandela

I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. Nelson Mandela

History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. Nelson Mandela

There is no passion to be found playing small. Nelson Mandela

Rhetoric is not important. Actions are. Nelson Mandela

Che Guevara's life is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom. We will always honor his memory. Nelson Mandela

Do not allow your anger to control your reason, but rather your reason to control your anger. Nelson Mandela

Through its imperialist system Britain brought about untold suffering of millions of people. And this is an historical fact. To be able to admit this would increase the respect, you know, which we have for British institutions. Nelson Mandela

It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world. Nelson Mandela

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

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

You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution. Nelson Mandela

Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility. Nelson Mandela

Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank. Nelson Mandela

Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead. Nelson Mandela

Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires that the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded. Nelson Mandela

I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I, and you, the people, are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated. Nelson Mandela

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended. Nelson Mandela

As the years progress one increasingly realises the importance of friendship and human solidarity. And if a 90-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity, the concern for the other, at the centre of the values by which you live. Nelson Mandela

The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us. Nelson Mandela

I commend AIESEC's continuing efforts to develop the future business leadership of our countries. Nelson Mandela

There is little favorable to be said about poverty, but it was often an incubator of true friendship. Many people will appear to befriend you when you are wealthy, but precious few will do the same when you are poor. If wealth is a magnet, poverty is a kind of repellent. Yet, poverty often brings out the true generosity in others. Nelson Mandela



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