12 Nelson Mandela Quotes To Help You On Your Adoption Journey

Did you know Nelson Mandela was adopted?

Jennifer Mellon July 18, 2017

Nelson Mandela, the first elected president of South Africa, was himself adopted. Mandela Day is celebrated on his birthday, July 18th in honor of his call to action that every individual has the power to change the world and make an impact. In honor of Mandela Day we hope these quotes from Nelson Mandela will help you on your adoption journey.

1. Impossible

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” - Nelson Mandela

2. Passion

“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.” - Nelson Mandela

3. Humanity

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” - Nelson Mandela

4. Compassion

"Our human compassion binds us the one to the other--not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future." - Nelson Mandela

5. Children

"There can be no keener revelation in a society’s soul than the way it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela

Greatest Glory
6. Greatest Glory

"Our Greatest Glory is not in never falling but rising up every time we fall." - Nelson Mandela

7. Judged

"A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens but its lowest." - Nelson Mandela

9. Choices

"May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears." - Nelson Mandela

10. Gift

"There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return." - Nelson Mandela

11. Change

"We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make the difference." - Nelson Mandela

12. Difference

"It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." - Nelson Mandela

13. Love

"They brought me up as if I were their own child. They worried about me, guided me, and punished me, all in the spirit of fairness. I never doubted their love." - Nelson Mandela

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Jennifer Mellon

Jennifer Mellon has worked in the child welfare field for more than a decade, serving in varying capacities as the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer of Joint Council on International Children's Services (JCICS) and the Corporate Communications Program Manager for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Jennifer has served on the Board of the Campagna Center, which provides critical educational services to children and families in the DC Metro Area and on the Development Committee for the National Council for Adoption. She is the mom of three children and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

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