Nelson Mandela Quotes

Lead from the back--and let others believe they are in front.

- Nelson Mandela

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

- Nelson Mandela

It always seems impossible, until it is done.

- Nelson Mandela

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

- Nelson Mandela

Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.

- Nelson Mandela

You may succeed in delaying, but never in preventing the transition of South Africa to a democracy.

- Nelson Mandela

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.

- 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

The service you do for others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.

- Muhammad Ali

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'

- Muhammad Ali