“After climbing a great hill one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
— From a letter to Fatima Meer, fellow anti-apartheid activist and friend.
“A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest.”
— This quote was adopted by the Treatment Action Campaign as it spoke to the organization’s mandate to fight discrimination against people living with HIV and Aids.
“What counts in life 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.”
— On the occasion of the 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu in 2002.
“Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children.”
— Written while on Robben Island to close friend and anti-apartheid activist Amina Cachalia in 1981.
“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” — Written while in prison, 1975.
“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.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” — From a 2009 letter to Makhaya Ntini on his 100th cricket test.
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."
“It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences.” — Speaking to foreign correspondents in Johannesburg in 1997.
"We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela ever again, so it falls to us, as best we can, to carry forward the example that he set. He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages." — US President Barack Obama speaking about Nelson Mandela after the announcement of his death.
Visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation website here.