7 Profound Quotes from Nelson Mandela ...


Because he was such an inspirational leader, there are many profound quotes from Nelson Mandela that can teach you about life and becoming the best possible version of yourself.

Mandela recently passed away on December 5, 2013, but before his passing he left an indelible mark on history.

Nelson Mandela became involved with the African National Congress (ANC), a multiracial organization that wanted to bring political change in South Africa, in the 1940s, and became an increasingly active member holding leadership roles.

When the National Party came to power in 1948 and implemented apartheid, forced segregation, the ANC staged passive resistance movements.

However, when demonstrators were killed in 1960 Mandela helped create a military wing of the ANC, which eventually got him sentenced to life imprisonment in 1963.

He was released in 1990 due to national and international pressure and went on the win a Nobel Peace Prize and become South Africaโ€™s first black president.

The struggles and triumphs, as well as the quotes from Nelson Mandela are an inspiration to anyone.

1. Keep Trying No Matter What

Nelson Mandela famously said, โ€œDo not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.โ€ For a man who was so successful, this quote makes a huge statement.2

People do not always succeed on the first try, but that isnโ€™t what matters in life.

What matters is that you keep trying.

I love that Mandela didnโ€™t use the word failure in this quote, because you never fail so long as you get back up.

Because it speaks to the fact that no one can succeed all the time, this is probably one of my favorite quotes from Nelson Mandela.

2. Let Go of Your Grudges

There is a lot of truth in Mandelaโ€™s words, โ€œResentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.โ€ Sometimes it is very easy to hold a grudge;

however, it harms no one but you.

Allowing ill feelings to fester creates stress, which is both emotionally and physically draining.

If Mandela could spend a good part of his life in prison and let go of the resentment, I think we can all let go of the grudges we hold.2

It creates more space for kindness.

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