Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist and the leader of the African National Congress’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe.
Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 to the Thembu royal family in Mvezo, British South Africa.
He studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Witwatersrand before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg.
The South African courts convicted Nelson Mandela on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes committed while he led the movement against apartheid. In accordance with his conviction, Mandela served 27 years in prison.
Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela supported reconciliation and negotiation and helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa.
Since the end of apartheid, many have frequently praised Nelson Mandela, including former opponents.
Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
Nelson Mandela Quotes:
1. “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.”
2. “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.”
3. “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.”
4. “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.”
5. “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
6. “ As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
7. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up”
8. “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
9. “Nothing is black or white.”
10. “Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”
11. “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
12. “Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind, and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.”
13. “There is a universal respect and even admiration for those who are humble and simple by nature, and who have absolute confidence in all human beings irrespective of their social status.”
14. “I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards.”
15. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”