With military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday 15th December, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation. Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu.
Here are 10 inspiring facts by the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
#10 – People
Its about making a connection.
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
#9 – Education
If we educate our children right, society will go nowhere but up.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
#8 – Life
If you give up too soon, you may never realize the glory that life has set for you.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
#7 – Racism
Boundaries are set after we are born.
“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.”
#6 – Leadership
In a true leadership, others will feel they are contributing in the most meaningful way that they can.
“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”
#5 – Forgiveness
More than anything else, forgiveness brings peace to our own hearts.
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
#4 – Freedom
Live the way you want to, but with others in consideration.
“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
#3 – Perseverance
On Things always seem really difficult just before they are accomplished. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.
#2 – Courage
Courage does not mean mard ko dard nahi hota. Courage means being able to look beyond your fear. “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.”
#1 – On society
A society is measured by its children
“The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children.”