I respected this giant of a personality and his humility and his passion for his dream and beliefs like many others..

Praying that his journey to the source is peaceful and full of joy… I am remembering him through his quotes.

Capture21) “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.”

2) “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

3) “If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man.”

4) “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.”

5) “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

6) “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.”

7) “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”

8) “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

9) “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.”

10) “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.”

11) “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

12) “Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front.”

13) “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

14) “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.”

15) “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

 

A Mandela Day today…  my soul rejoices remembering his life on earth..

Did you know ??

1. He wasn’t born Nelson Mandela but rather Rolihlahla Mandela in Mvezo, a village on the eastern cape of South Africa, in 1918.

2. As a young boy, he lived in Qunu, a village so small there were no roads, only footpaths, and families lived in huts.

3. He was baptized in the United Methodist Church and given the name Nelson by a teacher.

4. His father, a counselor to the tribal chief, died when he was 9. Mandela was then adopted by the tribal chief.

5. He fled to Johannesburg to avoid a marriage arranged by the tribal regent.

6. Sports were a part of his life even during his time as a political prisoner at Robben Island, where he helped to organize a limited sports program in the isolation section. He and other prisoners became fans of the prison soccer teams that played weekly matches in the general section of the prison.

7. Invictus, the 2009 film starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela, is the name of a William Ernest Henley poem that provided Mandela inspiration during his 27 years in prison.

8. Mandela was known to excel in boxing.

9. In 2005, Mandela announced his son, Makgatho Mandela, had died of AIDS.

 

And this is the poem he was inspired by during his imprisonment…  I take inspiration from the same

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.