A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

A Tribute to Nelson Mandela


A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

For almost three decades, he was locked behind bars. He was stripped of his youth, his honour and his life. But his love for peace, freedom and equality did not wane. He was continuously fighting and he never stopped fighting until he took his last breath on December 5th, 2013.

With his quiet strength, indomitable spirit and unyielding resolve, he was one of the great teachers of the 20th century. He broke down barriers, overcame odds and taught us what it meant to forgive and toss aside our differences. Nelson Mandela, your efforts and your ideals will forever be remembered
in our hearts.

Rest into eternity now, as we celebrate you.

In honour of Mandela’s memory, here is a collection of our favourite 30 most inspiring quotes by him:

1. “We can’t afford to be killing one another”

2. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity”

3. “I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances”

4. “Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace”

5. “In countries where innocent people are dying, the leaders are following their blood rather than their brains”

6. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat”

7. “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”

8. “I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people”

9. “Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated”

10. “I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. I dream of our vast deserts, of our forests, of all our great wildernesses”

11. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities”

12. “Forget the past”

13. “Intervention only works when the people concerned seem to be keen for peace”

14. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”

15. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination”

16. “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”

17. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”

18. “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership”

19. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner”

20. “It always seems impossible until it’s done”

21. “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”

22. “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires”

23. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”

24. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”

25. “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another”

26. “In my country we go to prison first and then become President”

27. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will”

28. “Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all”

29. “If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness”

30. “I have retired, but if there’s anything that would kill me it is to wake up in the morning not knowing what to do”

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