The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

06 Dec 2013

MandelaAs the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words:  

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

“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,” Mandela said after he was freed in in 1990.

 

“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.”

 

“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.”

 

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

 

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.”

And my favorite:

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Rest with the angels, sir.

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