Answered By: Colleen Bryant Last Updated: Jul 26, 2016 Views: 124
I cannot verify that Mandela said this. The closest quotations I could find comes from Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations:
"One of the most difficult things is not to change society--but to change yourself."
FROM AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BATTERSBY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, PUBLISHED IN THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR ON 10 FEBRUARY 2000.
"To be an effective agent for peace, you have to seek not only to change the community and the world. What is more difficult is to change yourself before you seek to change others."
UPON RECEIVING THE INAUGURAL LAUREUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, SPORTING CLUB, MONACO, MONTE CARLO, 25 MAY 2000
Both quotes are on page 52.