5 Nelson Mandela Quotes to Be Inspired By

nelson mandelaHappy birthday, Nelson Mandela (who's bound to stumble across this post on his morning Internet wanderings)! Or, actually, I should say "Happy Nelson Mandela International Day," as that is what the U.N. has declared today in order to honor the South African leader. And rightfully so. I mean, the dude's done some stuff.

Let's see, he was the first South African president to be elected in a democratic election; he was an anti-apartheid activist; he spent 27 of his years in prison; and he's a vehement AIDS activist, to name a few. What have you done?

In honor of his 93rd year on this planet, I thought I'd give you five inspiring quotes from the birthday boy himself.

'Cause everybody can use a little perspective on a Monday.


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

I love this. Who hasn't moved far away then returned home to see the ways in which we've grown? Or who hasn't gone back to an old haunt, be it a school or place we used to hang out at, and think, "Man, this seems like another lifetime"?

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Motivation alert! You can get that job, end that friendship, or do that thing you've always dreamed of. Nelson says so.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

As a site that caters to moms, I think this is more than apropos for all of us.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

I know you're a nice person, but surely you can relate to this one -- as well as think of a few adages that echo this same sentiment? "You catch more flies with honey" is one that comes to mind for me. In other words, be nice. It may not be as easy as being mean, but it sure is more productive.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Life's never going to be perfect. There's always going to be "stuff." May as well handle it with tact and grace.

Do you feel a little more zen after reading this?


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