Today, we join our global community in celebration of Nelson Mandela, a man whose unwavering belief in equality and tireless journey towards justice sent vibrations of change around the world. His powerful legacy is one that requires our perseverance, compassion, and commitment to a world where equality is shared by all.

As COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, deepening the inequalities we strive to mend, we’re reminded of just how much work is still left to be done. In recognition of what lies ahead, we’re re-sharing a collection of Mandela’s inspiring words. During frustrating times, they remind us that, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”


10 Quotes by Nelson Mandela

A series of letter and images remembering Nelson MandelaLetters and pictures written to Mandela, two years after his death – reflecting on his life with sentiments of love? Today, we do the same.


One
Sometimes, it falls upon a generation be great."

Two

"Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world."

Three

"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other..."

Four

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”

Five

"Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

Six

"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."

Seven

"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity."

Eight

 "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."

Nine

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”

Ten

“What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Eleven (Because, 100 years deserves one extra)

"It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Help us be the change that Nelson Mandela saw for the world.