FACT CHECK: Did Nelson Mandela Say, ‘Fools Multiply When Wise Men Are Silent’?
The Daily Caller News Foundation found no evidence that Mandela ever made this statement.
The image originated with American News X, a Facebook page with a history of sharing false information. (RELATED: Did Ben Carson Say, ‘Before Obama, People Barely Noticed Skin Color’?)
Throughout his career, Mandela delivered many speeches and wrote multiple books. However, the quote featured in the image does not appear anywhere credible online, including the web archive for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
“We cannot authenticate this quotation,” a spokesperson for the foundation told TheDCNF in an email.
While the origin of the quote is unclear, it has been widely attributed, without sourcing, to Mandela online. In 2017, CNN host Chris Cuomo tweeted out the saying.
Mandela passed away in 2013 at the age of 95.
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