No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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. —Nelson Mandela
An activist, a leader, a nobel laureate, a president and moreover a good human being—Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is remembered as one of the greatest men who ever lived. Very few people have had as much an impact on history as he did. Mandela was an incredibly selfless man who rewrote the history of many South Africans the world over.
Even though we recognize him today as a liberal who fought for the rights of people, Mandela’s teachings have found a way into our hearts, and have taught us countless lessons, which are incomparable to that of any textbook.
If there is one major life lesson that Mandela taught us, it was to sacrifice for something or someone greater than oneself. Besides this, he also taught us to forgive, to love one another and the nation we’re born in, and to accept each other despite the flaws and scars.
During his lifetime, Mandela inspired us with his numerous acts of benevolence. Even in the face of brutality, his compassion for his people remain unaltered.
Let us celebrate his life by remembering some of the greatest words of wisdom shared by him!
● Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice their all for the freedom of their people.
● Lead from the back, and let others believe they are in the front.
● A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
● Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated, and passionate about what they do.
● Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and learn to value it. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.
● As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
● As I walked out the door towards 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.
● Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
● When people are determined they can overcome anything.
● It always seems impossible until it’s done.
● A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
● 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.
● Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.
● To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
● What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is about the differences we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
● A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
● There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.
● If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important – and you do that by being genuine and humble.