Today’s five favourite things are in honour of a great man, Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013). He changed the course of history. He challenged and changed humanity for the better. Mandela lived an admirable life and that is what we must all take from him and learn from him. Integrity. Principles. And, such love for humankind.
This is a collection of five (actually, seven – I couldn’t cut 2 out) favourite quotes by Nelson Mandela. I’m sure you can add many, many more.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. (brainy quote)
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. (brainy quote)
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. (Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)
It always seems impossible until it’s done. (Quartz – qz.com)
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. (Quartz – qz.com)
It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die. (International AIDS conference, 2000)
As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison. (Goodreads)
Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. You deserve your sleep. Thank you for your legacy. May we live up to what you believed we can do.