A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and anti-Apartheid icon passed away on December 5th 2013 at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95. By any standard, Madiba, as he was fondly referred to by those who loved him, lived a robust, fulfilling and impactful life. Few people have had as much impact on history as Madiba had. History will remember him as one of the greatest men who ever lived – an incredibly selfless man who made so much of a sacrifice to re-write the history of generations of South Africans and the world.

During his lifetime Mandela inspired us with his numerous words of wisdom, etched in our memories till tomorrow. And his words remain evergreen:

  1. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  2. “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.”
  3. “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.”
  4. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
  5. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
  6. “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.”
  7. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
  8. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”