Great leaders come from all walks of life. Whether from poverty or privilege, the truly remarkable ones are driven not just to attain power, but also to use it for the betterment of others. Nelson Mandela was such a leader, enduring decades of persecution before leading his country into a new era of liberty. We look back at his wisdom as well as the wise words of other world leaders and historical luminaries. Share their inspirational words and help spread their messages of hope.
World Leader Quotes
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
- Nelson Mandela
Love is the strongest force the world possesses.
- Mahatma Gandhi
To make peace, one must be an uncompromising leader. To make peace, one must also embody compromise.
- Benazir Bhutto
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
The great revolution in the history of man ... is the revolution of those determined to be free.
- John F. Kennedy
I am not embarrassed to tell you that I believe in miracles.
- Corazon Aquino
Knowing what must be done does away with fear.
- Rosa Parks
... do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
- Abraham Lincoln
The only lost cause is one we give up on before we enter the struggle.
- Václav Havel
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
The test of our progress ... is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
- Franklin Roosevelt
I know in my heart that man is good ... And there's purpose and worth to each and every life.
- Ronald Reagan