This heroic icon stood up to fight against a society whose essence itself was war, violence, oppression and racism. His struggle was not only for freedom and the anti-apartheid movement, but he also undertook the far more difficult battle of changing the perceptions of people.
Here we celebrate Mandela with his wise words:
1. In the world of empty promises and fake preachers, he practised unity and celebrated gratitude in the most humble way.
In his Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech he said, “They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all, and therefore acted together in defence of justice and a common human decency.”
2. He explained the importance of the journey through valleys to enjoy the mountain top view of success.
“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of desires.”
3. For courage defines if you will fight or flee
“I learned that courage is not 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”
4. Because to err is ‘human’
“Sometimes I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself”
5. And to know yourself is the best way to conquer your world
“I can’t pretend that I am brave and that I can beat the whole world.”
6. And to own it like a boss, when while concluding his speech he said,
“Let the efforts of us all, prove that he was not a mere dreamer when he spoke of the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace being more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.
Let a new age dawn!”