South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela is regarded around the world as one of history’s greatest and inspirational figures. The anti-Apartheid icon spent 27 years of his life in prison for the pursuit of racial peace, reconciliation and dismantling of the country’s apartheid regime earning himself a Noble Peace Prize in 1993.
During his lifetime, Madiba, as he was referred to, was greatly admired for his selflessness, courage and kindred heart in the face of oppression. He had a deep conviction in the power of empathy, honesty, and conciliation to heal the deepest wounds.
While he died in 2013 at the age of 95, his left a legacy shining a beacon of hope and restoration, leaving us inspired words of wisdom to serve as a reminder of the power of the human spirit to overcome all odds.
Here are the 10 inspiring and powerful quotes from Nelson Mandela to inspire every entrepreneur:
Difficulties break some men but make others. No ax is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end – Nelson Mandela
You mustn’t compromise your principles, but you mustn’t humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated – Nelson Mandela
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again – Nelson Mandela
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 – Nelson Mandela
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead – 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 – Nelson Mandela
Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do – Nelson Mandela
We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right – Nelson Mandela
You can start changing our world for the better days, no matter how small the action – Nelson Mandela