by ‘Jola Sotubo
Nelson Madiba Mandela is dead.
The anti-apartheid icon passed on yesterday at the ripe old age of 95. His death was not unexpected, but it still left a gaping hole in the hearts of many around the world.
Madiba lived a life that according to former United States President, Bill Clinton, “inspired the world”.
His actions and words in the fight for freedom will forever be imprinted in the sands of time.
Here are some of the most popular and prolific statements of the man whose long walk to freedom has finally ended:
“If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”
“‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”
“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“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.
“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.”
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
“Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”