Sorry, That Nelson Mandela Quote Is Fake

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Nelson Mandela

On Twitter, the following inspirational quote has been misattributed to Nelson Mandela since the former South African president and anti-apartheid icon passed away on Dec. 5 at 95:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Slate and CNN point to a 2011 New York Times article that says some people have always thought this statement is a line from his 1994 inaugural address, but it is actually from a best-selling self-help book published two years prior called A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson. How it came to be associated with the world leader is “a mystery,” the newspaper wrote.

But if you are looking for a real, inspiring Nelson Mandela quote to share on social media, here is one:

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

MORE: Mandela’s Extraordinary Life: An Interactive Timeline

PHOTOS: An Extraordinary History: Mandela’s Life in Pictures

4 comments
artbybabz
artbybabz

if only perfection actually were actual. then all would be right with the world? not so, his acknowledgement of others words... then passing them on is what people do. however since he did repeat them, why not use it as a quote spoken by him on such a date... loosen up folks the most important thing is going wow, to someone else insight then passing it on... what would make one want to dig into the words of another to find out when or why or how or if they were original to that person? we all here to share what triggered us. that is communications..

KevinViweLolwane
KevinViweLolwane

Mandela actually said that in 1994, I think he was quoting the author. 

JedCarado
JedCarado

Too much for coach carter though.

artbybabz
artbybabz

@KevinViweLolwane thank u ! its strange how people assume all one says is theirs and that person as well  all who are brilliant and will read, believe, listen and then spread all words that are of great importance.to not only themselves but just might to others.