Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
Other Nelson Mandela quotes:
Blaming things on the past does not make them better.
It is most unusual to return to a place that has changed in ways you yourself have altered.
Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.
Education is the great engine of personal development.
One of the sad realities today is that very few people, especially young people, read books. Unless we can find imaginative ways of addressing this reality, future generations are in danger of losing their history.
Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence ... I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor...
One of the things that made me long to be back in prison was that I had so little opportunity for reading, thinking and quiet reflection after my release. I intend, amongst other things, to give myself much more opportunity for such reading and reflection.
If you are stimulated by what you do, you never get tired.
Adversity cleanses the lethargies of man.
I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.