20 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes and Video: Parenting, Childhood and Character (Black History Month Special)

Nelson Mandela’s life inspired the world. After spending 27 years in prison because of his belief in a free South Africa, he became South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and catalyst that helped to end legal apartheid in South Africa.

While he was alive, Nelson Mandela shared inspirational words that can inspire parents children, families and the wider society. Here are some of Nelson Mandela’s inspirational quotes.

  1. Better World

Each of us as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children.

  1. Character

The true character of society is revealed in how it treats its children.

  1. Communication

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

  1. Education

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

  1. Expression

One of the way we can build a better future for our children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves. Of course, we as adults have to guide them and to take the ultimate responsibility but that is something quite different from patronising them. The rights of children must, importantly, include the right to be themselves and to talk for themselves.

  1. Failure

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

  1. Freedom

Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.

  1. Future Leaders

Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people. 

  1. I’m possible

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

  1. Imperfection

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.

  1. Kindness

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

  1. Parents

Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children. 

  1. Purpose

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.

  1. Respect

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.

  1. Responsibility

Our children are our future and one of the basic responsibilities is to care for them in the best and most compassionate manner possible.

  1. Time

We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.

  1. Treasure

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. 

  1. Society

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

19. Support

Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their pain and suffering.

  1. Youthfulness

It always gives me great pleasure to be surrounded by the beautiful children of our land. Whenever I am with energetic young people such as yourselves I feel like a recharged battery, confident that our country can look forward to great things. You are the future of this country – you are the people who will lead us into the next century.

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