Inspirational Quotes from the ‘Father of the Nation’, Nelson Mandela

It seems appropriate in the wake of his recent death to take some time to look at a few of the great things that Nelson Mandela said – many of which pertain to yoga, meditation and the self.

Often called Father of the Nation, Nelson Mandela was born into the Thembu Royal Family. He studied law at university and was politically active as a young man. It was these activities that led to him being charged with conspiracy to overthrow the state, and thrown in prison for 27 years. 

He was finally released in 1990 and joined negotiations with President F. W. de Klerk to end apartheid in South Africa. In 1994 he was elected South Africa’s first black President. He declined standing for a second term, but continued his involvement in international politics.

Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013.

 

Inspirational Quotes from Nelson Mandela

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

 
 
“Those who conduct themselves with morality, integrity and consistency need not fear the forces of inhumanity and cruelty.”

 
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”

 
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
 
 
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

 
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

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  1. Gian-Marco Marseglia
    Gian-Marco Marseglia says:

    Get your facts straight before sullying this site with your ill-informed bigotry: notwithstanding 25 years imprisonment by an evil, white supremacist dictatorship, on his release Nelson Mandela never ceased to advocate reconciliation and repudiated vengeance, seeking to heal the deep divisions and inevitable wounds generated by decades of apartheid! Above and beyond this, the wisdom and knowledge contained within the pages of this site and the benefits offered free to all should be enough to quell any desire for squalid polemic here. There is plenty of space available on the internet for that. Do some yoga and practice meditation and strive to cleanse your mind and heart.

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  2. Lucy
    Lucy says:

    I used to like your site, but after seeing you posted an article praising the murderer, terrorist, and communist Mandela i am shocked that you think that this hypocrite evil has anything to do with yoga and enlightening.
    How about car tires put in flames around the necks of his victims ?
    What about white genocide in South Africa ? Thousands of people are brutally killed, raped, tortured?

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