10 Most famous quotes of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18th, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa. At the age of 7, Mandela got this name on his first day at school by his teacher, Miss Mdingane. Giving English names to African children was a custom then. His birth name was Xhosa (meaning-pulling the branch of a tree or informally, troublemaker) by his father. His parents were Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa and Nosekeni Nonqaphi.
Here are the list of 10 most famous quotes by Nelson Mandela which are based on his life experience.
#1 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.
Nelson attended his primary school in Qunu, completed his Junior Certificate in Clarkebury Boarding Institute. He was expelled from the college while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University College of Fort Hare for leading a student protest. To avoid pre-arranged marriage, he ran away to Johannesburg and worked as a security officer. Later, completed his BA from the University of South Africa. Meanwhile, he studied law at the University of the Witwatersrand. Nelson abjured to be a chieftainship and wanted to become a lawyer.
#2 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in; he has no choice but to become an outlaw”.
In 1941, Nelson came face to face with the harsh reality, Apartheid- the country’s majority black population was dominated by a minority white population. He realized that there is a severe racial classification and segregation. He decided to contribute to the freedom struggle.
#3 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “ 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 finding that the country was locked and was highly affected by racism and discrimination by small white minority. He started his struggle. He knew two languages- tribal language and the other one is a strong contemporary law language. He combined these two languages to bring human rights.
#4 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “ A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”
In 1944, he joined African National Congress and started attending meetings. He married his first wife- Evelyn Mase. He also helped to form the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) after been denied by the cautious approach of the older members of the ANC.
#5 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
When the National Party government got the power in South Africa, it took steps to restricted both ANC (African National Congress) and PAC (Pan Africanist Congress). Banning him from any gathering, speech, and association and confined him to join Johannesburg. In the 1952 Defiance Campaign, he became national volunteer-in-chief.
#6 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
In 1956, Nelson got arrested by the government along with 150 other activists. During this time, his wife divorced him and he got married to a wonderful young independent-minded woman-Winnie Madikizela.
#7 famous quote by Nelson Mandela- “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.”
In 1960, police killed 69 people and more than 180 people were wounded. Black political gatherings and groups were restricted by South African government. Nelson become the first commander in chief of the guerrilla army in the year 1961. Nelson went underground for 17 months and left abroad secretly for support. On returning to South Africa, he was arrested again for 5 years.
#8 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
The government raid found documents of outlining the group’s plan for guerrilla warfare. He along with seven others were condemned and sent to Robben Island prison for next 18 years, seven miles off the coast of Cape Town. South Africa’s president offers to free Nelson if he abjures violence. But he refused to defend himself.
#9 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “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.”
In Feb 1990, ANC become legal and Nelson was released. After 27 years of imprisonment, Nelson Mandela was freed without constraints. At the age of 76, he became the President of ANC. Nelson was the country’s first Black President with National Party F.W. de Klerk.
#10 famous quote by Nelson Mandela “As I have said, the first thing is, to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
Nelson knew when to be unyielding and when to compromise. In 1996, his second marriage ended. In 1998, he married his third wife Graca Machel on his 80th birthday.
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