I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
I never seriously considered the possibility that I would not emerge from prison one day. I never thought that a life sentence truly meant life and that I would die behind bars. - Nelson Mandela
This quote moves us because of the wisdom Mandela had to remain optimistic. His spirit never wavered behind bars and when he emerged, Mandela was still full of hope.
Keep this quote in mind when you are going through a tough time at home or at work or in pursuit of your dreams.