English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gaute...

Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13 May 1998 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nelson Mandela is widely regarded as one of the most inspirational people in the world from the last few decades.

From his time as a political prisoner during South Africa’s apartheid regime, to his period as a remarkable president and statesman, he constantly displayed quiet strength, the rare ability to forgive his enemies and incredible wisdom.

He has sadly passed away at the age of 95, but his quotes continue to have an impact around the world.

Here are eight of my favourites:

On fear:
“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.”
On doing the impossible:
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
On maximising our potential:
“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.”
On personal change:
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
On using the time that we have:
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
On persistence:
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
On resilience:
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
And with the London Olympics starting soon, this final quote:
“For seventeen days, they are roommates. For seventeen days, they are soul mates. And for twenty-two seconds, they are competitors. Seventeen days as equals. Twenty-two seconds as adversaries. What a wonderful world that would be. That’s the hope I see in the Olympic Games.”

I am saddened by his recent passing, but know that this remarkable man made an indelible mark on the world.

As I read these quotes again, I’m inspired and challenged to do more and be more, so that I can make a positive difference as well.

Is there another Nelson Mandela quote that you would like to share?

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