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quote by Nelson Mandela: I cannot conceive of Israel withdrawing if Arab states do not recognize Israel, within secure borders. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela

quote by Nelson Mandela: Prison life, fortunately, I spent a lot of years, about 18 years with other prisoners, and, as I say, they enriched your soul. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

Prison life, fortunately, I spent a lot of years, about 18 years with other prisoners, and, as I say, they enriched your soul.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

It is wise to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

--Nelson Mandela

quote by Nelson Mandela: Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

Without education, your children can never really meet the challenges they will face. So it's very important to give children education and explain that they should play a role for their country.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

I cannot say for certain if there is such a thing as love at first sight, but I do know that the moment I first glimpsed Winnie Nomzamo, I knew that I wanted to have her as my wife.

--Nelson Mandela

quote by Nelson Mandela: By ancestry, I was born to rule. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

By ancestry, I was born to rule.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

I have retired, but if there's anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do.

--Nelson Mandela


quote by Nelson Mandela: There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Even if you have a terminal disease, you don't have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

Even if you have a terminal disease, you don't have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged, not coerced, to lead by example and disclose their HIV status. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

Leaders in all spheres who are living with HIV should be encouraged, not coerced, to lead by example and disclose their HIV status.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela

Longer Version:

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.


quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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
quote by Nelson Mandela: To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.

--Nelson Mandela

Longer Version:

To deny people of their human rights is to challenge their very humanity. To impose on them a wretched life of huger and deprivation is to dehumanize them. But such has been the terrible fate of all black persons in our country under the system of apartheid.


quote by Nelson Mandela: Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela

quote by Nelson Mandela: When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

When I came to Johannesburg from the countryside, I knew nobody, but many strangers were very kind to me. I then was dragged into politics, and then, subsequently, I became a lawyer.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: You know, you can only lead them from behind. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

You know, you can only lead them from behind.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela








quote by Nelson Mandela: If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela
quote by Nelson Mandela: After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

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

--Nelson Mandela

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Nelson Mandela: In my country we go to prison first and then become President. with background image: photo of author Nelson Mandela with quote

In my country we go to prison first and then become President.

--Nelson Mandela

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