July 18 annually is globally recognized as Nelson Mandela International Day- a day set aside to celebrate his amazing contributions to human history. It is worthy to note that Nelson Mandela worked hard for the
cause he believed in.
cause he believed in.
His stints on equality of all people irrespective of sex, colour, race or ethnicity speaks volumes. His footprints on freedom, human rights and equality is worthy of emulation- he was deeply interested in building a better world.
Below is a list of 12 inspiring quotes from him. Obviously, there are many quotes to choose from, but I decided to share these 12 which were seen by many as some of his favourites
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
“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 colour 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.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
“You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution.”
“Thus shall we live, because we will have created a society which recognizes that all people are born equal, with each entitled in equal measure to life, liberty, prosperity, human rights and good governance.”
By Ethelbert Obinna Umeh