13 Inspirational Quotes by Nelson Mandela

Today the world says goodbye to Nelson Mandela.  He once said that “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”  May he rest in peace.

The man who spent 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid before becoming the President of South Africa inspired millions around the world.  Here are 13 inspiring quotes that remind us of his spirit.


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


It always seems impossible until it’s done. –Nelson Mandela


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


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


Where you stand depends on where you sit. –Nelson Mandela


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


For to be free is to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. –Nelson Mandela


Tread softly; breathe peacefully; laugh hysterically. –Nelson Mandela


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


Quitting is leading too. –Nelson Mandela


Remember to smile. –Nelson Mandela


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


I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. -Nelson Mandela


And one more:

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

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