Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. The former president of South Africa who was an inspiration for a nation of people and went on to become a legend after serving as a political prisoner of his country’s racist regime.
Mandela was wise, thoughtful, and always putting things into proper perspective despite his difficult life. His compassion and love for fellow man continues to shine bright today and give us something to strive for today.
In honor of Mandela, we look back at his words that continue to stand the test of time.
Below are some of the best quotes and most inspirational sayings from the legendary leader.
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.
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.
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.
Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.