Nelson Mandela’s Most Memorable Quotes

In honor of his life, The Root looks back at some of the legend’s most memorable and insightful quotes.

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  • Nelson Mandela (Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nelson Mandela’s words have cast a lasting legacy of justice, activism and peace over the world. In honor of his life, we look back at some of the legend’s most memorable and insightful quotes.

  • From Mandela’s “No Easy Walk to Freedom” speech in August 1953

     

  • From a letter he wrote while still imprisoned. His youngest daughter, Zindzi, read this to a Johannesburg crowd on Feb. 10, 1985.

     

     

  • From his “No Easy Walk to Freedom” speech” in August 1953

     

  • From a speech he gave presenting the African Peace Award to Mozambique in November 1997 

     

  • From a speech made in Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden, in March 1990 

     

  • From a speech at the Potchefstroom University in South Africa in February 1996

     

  • From Mandela’s inaugural address as the president of South Africa on May 10, 1994 

     

  • Mandela at his second 46664 concert for AIDS relief in Cape Town in March 2005 

     

  • From Mandela’s address on the 20th anniversary of Steve Biko’s death on Sept. 12, 1997 

     

  • From the “The Struggle Is My Life” press statement from June 26, 1961 

     

  • From Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom

     

  • From an address at Mandela’s investiture as doctor of laws on August 1, 1993 

     

  • From remarks delivered at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway on Dec. 10, 1993

     

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