56 Nelson Mandela quotes on leadership and inspiration

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

Lead from the front, but don t leave your base behind.

Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying.

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.

We must all strive to be inspired by a deep-seated love of our country, without regard to race, color, gender or station in life.

It is not the kings and generals that makes history but the masses of people

When people are determined they can overcome anything.

Money won’t create success. The freedom to make it will.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

The habit of attending to small things and of appreciating small courtesies is one of the important marks of a good person.

One of the most difficult things is not to change society — but to change yourself.

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

No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.

Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.

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

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

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One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I could not change others.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

Appearances matter, and remember to smile.

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Only free men can negotiate. Prisoners cannot enter into contracts.

Greed and power has turned brother against brother.

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

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.

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

Where you stand depends on where you sit.

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

You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.

The brave man is not the one who has no fears, he is the one who triumphs over his fears.

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

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.

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

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

Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

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.

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

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

A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

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Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?

You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.

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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Peace is the greatest weapon for development that any person can have.

It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on Earth irrespective of the consequences.

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

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation

I am the captain of my soul.

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Fools multiply when wise men are silent.

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

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

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

It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine.

We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

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

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

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. – 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.