Here, then, are some of
Mandela’s clear and inspiring words:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

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

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

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that
comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of
being an optimist 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 lies
defeat and death.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would
lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my
bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

“Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure
generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve
others – qualities which are within easy reach of
every soul – are the foundation of one’s spiritual life.”

“There is no passion to be found in playing small –
settling for a life that is less than the one you are
capable of living.”

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

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

“Our human compassion binds us to one another –
not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who
have learnt how to turn our common suffering into
hope for the future.”

“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.”