The Nelson Mandela Foundation reported on Dec. 5 that Nelson Mandela died at home at the age of 95 after a long battle with a respiratory ailment. He leaves behind his legacy with insightful quotes for all to ponder.
Mandela was arrested in 1962 for conspiracy charges to overthrow the government and sentenced to life imprisonment. After being incarcerated for 27 years, he was release in 1990. He then served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
Nelson Mandela was considered a living legend for his peaceful leadership after years of suffering in an unsettled environment. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the apartheid regime in South Africa.
His peaceful ideology was evident through his actions and quotes, which will continue to inspire many people for years to come.
“Many people in this country have paid the price before me and many will pay the price after me.” SPEECH IN MITIGATION OF SENTENCE AFTER BEING CONVICTED OF INCITING WORKERS TO STRIKE AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY, OLD SYNAGOGUE, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, NOVEMBER 1962 (sic)
“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” FROM AN INTERVIEW FOR THE DOCUMENTARY MANDELA, 1994 (sic)
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF WALTER SISULU, WALTER SISULU HALL, RANDBURG, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 18 MAY 2002 (sic)
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” FROM A LETTER TO MAKHAYA NTINI ON HIS 100TH CRICKET TEST, 17 DECEMBER 2009 (sic)
Copyright © 2010 by Nelson R. Mandela and The Nelson Mandela Foundation or From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations
QUOTES ATTRIBUTED TO NELSON MANDELA:
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
“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.”
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself ... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”
Nelson Mandela was a living legend as he lived his life practicing what he preached.
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