Nelson Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, true son of the soil and father of a nation passed away Thursday, December 5, 2013 at age 95. He has been described as a man who exemplified service before self, love for humanity, humility, and reconciliation.
He has been hailed by US President Barrack Obama as “an example that all humanity should aspire to”.
Here is a list of but 30 quotes that represent the values Nelson Mandela believed in, stood and lived for and hoped to see in others;
1.”A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
2. “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 it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
3. “There are times when a leader must move out ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, confident that he is leading his people the right way.”
4.”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.”
5.“There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.”
6.”It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
7. “Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.”
8.“There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile to continue talking about non-violence against a government whose only reply is savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people.”
9.“Where globalization means, as it so often does, that the rich and powerful now have new means to further enrich and empower themselves at the cost of the poorer and weaker, we have a responsibility to protest in the name of universal freedom.”
10. “We can’t afford to be killing one another.”
11.”Racism is a blight on the human conscience. The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as sub-human, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods.”
12.“Any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.”
13. “No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.”
14.“Unlike some politicians, I can admit to a mistake.”
15. “Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”
16. “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other-not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.”
17. “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
18.”We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign.”
19. “Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.”
20. “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.”
21. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
22. “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.”
23. “As the years progress one increasingly realizes the importance of friendship and human solidarity. And if a 90-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity, the concern for the other, at the centre of the values by which you live.”
24. “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.”
25. “There is no passion to be found in playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
26. “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
27. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
28. “Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
29. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
30.“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we can reach the mountaintop of our desires.”
To many people success is a white-collar job (which also implies a fat bank account), a flashy car and a three piece suit. That is what the world has told us to believe. But is that what true success really is?
The biggest fallacy is that success has been equated to money and vice-versa. It’s a tragedy! True Success consists in more things than money and material things. Ben Carson makes the point that successful people are not driven by the desire to make money. Successful people are driven by the desire to help others.
In the same line of thought, Barrack Obama agrees by saying that; “to live only for the buck shows a certain lack of ambition”. Obama puts across the idea that we should live for something larger than ourselves.
When people are dying, they do not wish that they had more money in their bank accounts. They regret that they were caught in the web of empty pursuit. They regret that they didn’t do the things they truly loved; they regret that they didn’t follow after the passions of their heart.
I must not be misquoted to have said that money is not important. The point here is that you should not trade all the important things of life just for money; things like relationships and your health, for example.
The Dalai Lama is amazed that people spend all their health in pursuit of wealth and then they spend all their wealth in order to gain back their health.
Take a moment to smell the flowers and to feel the wind. When you come to think of it, it is in little things that the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
In the end, the only truly successful people will be those who spared a moment to touch a soul, to dry a tear-to change a life.
If you must know-the happiest people in the world are not the richest. Money can buy a lot of things but it can not buy you happiness. Happiness is an inside job. It’s a choice you make-you choose to be happy.
Being first in line?
Another thing the world has made us believe is that success is about being first in line.As long as someone else is doing better than you, you are a failure. That’s what the world is teaching you!
If you get an (A) and someone else gets an (A+) the world wants you to feel like a failure. Our parents and our teachers have failed in this department. They have made us believe that success has everything to do with the other person.
True success can not be measured by comparing yourself with others .An honorable person is driven by the desire to do better than he did yesterday, not by the desire to do better than the other person.
REMEMBER: the only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. T rue success is a continuous journey of self refinement. What your neighbor has is not a yardstick to your success.
Go on and be successful. You are destined for greatness!