Nelson Mandela is an icon and a legend. Period.
Born on 18th July 1918, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, a philanthropist, and a beacon for social justice. He became involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his twenties, working on peaceful means of protest against the South African government’s racist policies. Starting in 1962, Mandela spent close to three decades in prison and was released only in 1990 following massive domestic and international pressure. Following this, he became the first black President of South Africa in 1994 and served until 1999.
One of the most revered figures in the world, Mandela has been the recipient of numerous international awards and honours. In 1993, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for his endeavours to end the apartheid regime by peaceful means. Also, 18th July is observed as Nelson Mandela Day by the United Nations and is celebrated across the world to honour his ideologies, values, and his valuable contributions to promoting peace and freedom.
On the 101st birth anniversary of this legend, here is a look at some profound quotes by Mandela.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.”
“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.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.0”
Aren’t these some great quotes to remember as lessons to lead a fulfilling life?