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Wise Nelson Mandela Quotes

May you find great value in these quotes by Nelson Mandela.

If you want to make peace with your enemy,
you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
- Nelson Mandela

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A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
- Nelson Mandela

When the water starts boiling
it is foolish to turn off the heat.
- Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible until its done.
- Nelson Mandela

 

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

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Nelson Mandela

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

It is better to lead from behind
and to put others in front,
especially when you celebrate victory
when nice things occur.
You take the front line when there is danger.
Then people will appreciate your leadership.
- Nelson Mandela

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

Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world.
- Nelson Mandela

Let freedom reign. The sun never set
on so glorious a human achievement.
- Nelson Mandela

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

There is no such thing as part freedom.
- 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

As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela

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

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
- Nelson Mandela

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
- Nelson Mandela

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

In my country we go to prison first, and then become President.
- Nelson Mandela

I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel,
within secure borders.
- Nelson Mandela

Never, never and never again shall it be
that this beautiful land will again experience
the oppression of one by another.
- Nelson Mandela

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

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

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing,
whether it comes from a black man or a white man.
- Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate;
prisoners cannot enter into contracts.
Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.
- Nelson Mandela

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
- Nelson Mandela

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

Communists have always played an active role
in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom,
because the short-term objects of Communism
would always correspond with
the long-term objects of freedom movements.
- Nelson Mandela

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

An ounce of conscious choice is worth a pound of good fortune.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

We see what we ASSUME we will see.
If you believe the world is evil, you will see evil.
If you believe the world is good, you will see good.
To change how life looks, change how you see life -
change your expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

So your father, or your mother,
never thought you were good enough - SO WHAT?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The good news is that you aren't
as important as you thought you were.
Relax. The weight of the world
is not on your shoulders.
Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

Merely to avoid harming others is not enough.
Earn your place in this world by doing good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be careful not to do your good deeds
when there's no one watching you.
- Tom Lehrer

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression
and cruelty by the bad people
but the silence over that by the good people.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson


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