“I was a young man who attempted to make up for his ignorance with militancy.”

Nelson Mandela

“A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.”

Nelson Mandela

“Tread softly, Breathe peacefully, Laugh hysterically.”  ― Nelson Mandela”

Nelson Mandela

“Ma il silenzio amoroso tra una madre e un figlio non è una dimensione solitaria.”

Nelson Mandela

“I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE AND THE CAPTAIN OF MY DESTINY.”

Nelson Mandela

“It reaffirmed my long-held belief that education was the enemy of prejudice. These were men and women of science, and science had no room for racism.”

Nelson Mandela

“This document [the Reconstruction and Development Programme] was translated into a simpler manifesto called 'A Better Life for All', which in turn became the ANC's campaign slogan.”

Nelson Mandela

“I realized that they could take everything from me except my mind and my heart. They could not take those things. Those things I still had control over. And I decided not to give them away.”

Nelson Mandela

“Banning not only confines one physically, it imprisons one's spirit. it induces a kind of psychological claustrophobia that makes one yearn not only for freedom of movement but spiritual escape...This insidious effect of bans was that at a certain point one began to think that the opponent was not without but within.” 

Nelson Mandela

“Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”

Nelson Mandela

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.” 

Nelson Mandela

“When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.”

Nelson Mandela

“Resentment is a method of self harm.  "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.”

Nelson Mandela

“I discovered for the first time people of my own age firmly aligned with the liberation struggle, who were prepared, despite their relative privilege, to sacrifice themselves of the cause of the oppressed.” 

Nelson Mandela

“Lead from the front — but don t leave your base behind.”

Nelson Mandela


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