Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

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Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013

Celebrate His Life

As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Nelson Mandela
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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.
Nelson Mandela
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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.
Nelson Mandela
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Resentment is like drinking a poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
Nelson Mandela
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I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter. I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret, that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
Nelson Mandela
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As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
Nelson Mandela
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I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom
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We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
Nelson Mandela

27 thoughts on “Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

    Marian said:
    December 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Reblogged this on Trópico de cáncer.

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    philipparees said:
    December 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Lovely photographs and tribute quotations. I have been moved to something similar but with a different emphasis.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Thank you Philippa. I’d love to see your post.

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        philipparees said:
        December 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

        You can find it here: http://involution-odyssey.com/2013/12/06/cry-the-beloved-country-hambagahle-madiba/
        Interestingly we used the same Hamba Gahle. I have a feeling you might also be interested in the book (same site) different pages!

        I have shared your post on Fb and elsewhere. Now I must investigate your short stories to assist me to get my own such pigs to market. The death of Mandela has felled me in all sorts of ways, so good to find fellows to share that.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          December 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

          I think we’re all still in shock, even though this was inevitable Philippa. I’m following your blog now – very interested to see your writing. My short stories aren’t about South Africa though – a couple of old blog posts only. Great to meet a new friend here.

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            philipparees said:
            December 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

            Me too, glad to make a new friend. Interesting the world wide sense of loss, not so much of a tired old man but the loss of the possibly unique vision, which we fear will never be matched, or remembered, the sense that SA might disintegrate if it believes it is no longer being watched by those wise perceptive eyes.

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              December 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm

              He did have such a unique vision – you’re right there. Hopefully other leaders will have a big think about how to go about things now. x

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    M T McGuire said:
    December 6, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    The first two quotes are wonderful.

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    jcckeith said:
    December 7, 2013 at 5:03 am

    I nominated you for a Dragon Loyalty Award! For more info check out my post about it: http://jcckeith.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/i-won-a-dragon-loyalty-award/

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    December 7, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    Nelson Mandela demonstrated the possibilities that exist when guns, grievances and personal ambitions are put aside for the common good.

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    Mrs. P said:
    December 7, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Nicely written, posting on Facebook.

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    Vashti Quiroz-Vega said:
    December 10, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Nice tribute Jo! I’m going to tweet it! 🙂

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    Marylin Warner said:
    December 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Two of the quotes are my favorites by Nelson Mandela. Thank you for the others, too, as I wasn’t familiar with them and they are wonderful. A touching, inspiring tribute in pictures and his words.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      December 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Thank you Marylin. I’m having a re-read of his Long Walk to Freedom, and there’s so much in there that just blows me away – that kind of soul doesn’t come around very often. xx

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        Kev said:
        December 12, 2013 at 2:36 pm

        A truly great man.

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