he world lost an incredible human being last winter when Nelson Mandela passed away.
But during his time on this planet, Mandela led an absolutely inspiring life. International Nelson Mandela day has just been made official as June 18th every year, in honor of the late leader’s birthday. When you look back at some of Mandela’s accomplishments, it’s easy to see why people would want to commemorate him forever!
“Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.”
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.”
“Difficulties break some men but make others.”
“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 the opposite”
“There is no passion to be found living small; in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realised. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
“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.”
“If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I and you, the people, are not free.Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“”I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities.”
Source: The Nelson Mandela Foundation