POST 65: MADIBA

(Photo is taken at Robben Island, South Africa, February 2017).

“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.”

“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.”

“In my country we go to prison first and then become President”.

“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated”.

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

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest”.

“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”.

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself…Great peacemakers are people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.”

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

 

 

2 thoughts on “POST 65: MADIBA

    1. It seems that suffering can make people either bitter and hateful, or can illuminate them with insight and wisdom. Mandela was certainly a person with great wisdom.
      Thanks for your reply!
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