Celebrate Mandela Day 2022 with his 10 Most Inspirational Quotes

On 18 July 2022, South Africa celebrates Mandela Day. This annual celebration is the chance for South Africans to pay homage to Nelson Mandela’s legacy making a difference in our communities. Nelson Mandela was a global icon. He was a civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and South Africa’s first democratically elected president, and Mandela Day is all about inspiring change and giving back, in the spirit of Madiba!

This year to help you feel inspired for Mandela Day 2022, we have put together a list of 10 of Mandela’s most powerful quotes! Read on to find out more.


Firstly, what is Mandela Day all about?

The annual celebration was announced by the United Nations in 2009 and takes place every year on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, 18 July. On Mandela Day, people are encouraged to spend 67 minutes giving back to their community. These 67 minutes represent the 67 years of service Nelson Mandela gave for this country, first as a freedom fighter against the apartheid regime, then as president of South Africa. Every year there is a unique theme which highlights a cause and illustrates the many ways people across South Africa (and the wider world!) can help uplift their communities. No matter how big or small, everything we do can make a difference!

The 2022 theme for Mandela Day is focused on climate change and food security and the tagline is ““Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”


What you can do to take part in Mandela Day 2022:

There are a number of ways you can get involved on Mandela Day! A few ideas from the official Mandela Day website suggest growing organic produce in vulnerable communities, planting indigenous plants and trees, getting involved in sustainable food production platforms and much more. Additional activities include joining a community sandwich drive, donating blood and volunteering at a local shelter, children’s home or old-age home. You could also visit some of South Africa’s important heritage sites including Robben Island, the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Iziko Museums of South Africa.

Feel inspired in the run up to Mandela Day 2022 by taking a look at some of Mandela’s most inspirational quotes below. To make it extra “proudly South African” we have added in a few iconic images of Cape Town and South Africa - enjoy!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Mandela Quote 1

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Mandela Quote 2

“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

Mandela Quote 3

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

Mandela Quote 4

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Mandela Quote 5

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

Mandela Quote 6

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”

Mandela Quote 7

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

Mandela Quote 8

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Mandela Quote 9

“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.”

Mandela Quote 10

Are you feeling inspired? We hope so! Celebrate the legacy of an incredible man by taking action and getting involved in a community initiative on Mandela Day 2022. Better yet, why not make every day Mandela Day by “doing what you can, with what you have, where you are”? We all have the power to inspire hope and make a difference!

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