#46664 – The Long Walk to Freedom Continues for Humanity – Tribute to Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela

Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela  1918-2013

 Global Icon | Protester | Activist | Prisoner  #46664 | Philanthropist | Peacemaker | President |  Revolutionary | World Statesman | Liberator | Nobel Laureate | Extraordinary Human Being | Father of the Nation | Legendary Elder

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“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves. Our nation has lost its greatest son.”  Jacob Zuma, President, Republic of South Africa

“In the end, Nelson Mandela showed us how to love rather than hate, not because he had never surrendered to rage or violence, but because he learnt that love would do a better job. Mandela played with the highest stakes. He put his family, his country, his time, his life on the line, and he won most of these contests. Stubborn til the end for all the right reasons, it felt like he very nearly outstared his maker. Today, finally, he blinked. And some of us cry, knowing our eyes were opened to so much because of him.”  Bono, U2

“Today he has gone home and we have lost one of the most inspirational, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth.”   Barack Obama, US President

“It’s a really sad day for us, and you know we’re going to miss him enormously. But he’s left a hell of a legacy. … He’s really a master lesson in nonviolent struggle. He came from a violent struggle because he didn’t see any alternative. But if you follow where he led, follow his example, then you know, you look at any place like the Middle East for instance, and you dream of a leader with that type of courage and big heart.”   Peter Gabriel, musician and humanitarian activist

“His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world’s leading democracies.”  Jimmy Carter, Former US President

“One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela’s home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you’ve ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.”     Oprah Winfrey

We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now.”   Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”   Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in new biopic ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’

“Nelson Mandela is physically separated from us, but his soul and spirit will never die. He belongs to the whole world because he is an icon of equality, freedom and love, the values we need all the time everywhere. His long, long struggle is a great demonstration of humanity. I have learned so much from Nelson Mandela, and he has been my leader. He is a perpetual inspiration for me and millions of others around the world.”   Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Education Activist

“Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century. Nelson Mandela was a man of incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve – a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind. As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go. Mandela may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us.”  Morgan Freeman, Actor (Invictus)

“He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge.”  Muhammad Ali, Boxing Legend

“Mandela is not only the father of democracy in South Africa, but is also a symbol of democracy and like any symbol, he is not dead. He is present in all of us and guides us by his lifestyle, his courage and faith in the true struggle for equality.”  Michel Martelly, President, Republic of Haiti

“He spent much of his life standing against the injustice of apartheid. When that fight was won, he inspired us again by his capacity to forgive and reconcile his country. While the world may never see another Nelson Mandela, he has inspired countless men and women throughout the world to live more courageous and honest lives.”  Tony Abbott, Australian Prime Minister

“Through his dignity, grace and the quality of his forgiveness, he made racism everywhere not just immoral but stupid; something not only to be disagreed with, but to be despised. In its place he put the inalienable right of all humankind to be free and to be equal.”  Tony Blair, Former British Prime Minister

“A great light has been extinguished. The boy from the Transkei has finished his long walk. His journey transformed not just South Africa, but humanity itself.”  Enda Kenny, Irish Taoiseach

“Nelson Mandela’s biggest legacy was his commitment to reconciliation, was his remarkable lack of bitterness and the way in which he did not only talk about reconciliation but he made reconciliation happen in South Africa. He was a remarkable man. … There was an immediate, I would say, a spark between the two of us and notwithstanding the many spats we had later, I always respected him and I always liked him as a person.

“He was a magnanimous person, he was a compassionate person; he was not only a man of vision, he was not only a great leader, but he was also a very human, human man.”  Former South African President F.W. de Klerk

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 Quotations from Nelson Mandela

“During my lifetime I have dedicated my life 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 will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”  Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela

“Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.”  Inaugural address in Pretoria, South Africa May 10, 1994.

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 “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.”   Long Walk to Freedom (1994).

 “No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.” Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela - Iconic 5

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“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”  Nelson Mandela

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“When a man has done what he considers to be is duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”- Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s Life Story – Youtube Video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgQBoXsxr8w

References:

http://www.nelsonmandela.org/

We Became Friends U2s Bono Pays Tribute To Nelson Mandela Following Death | http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/05/world/africa/nelson-mandela-reaction-quotes/

http://bbcnews.com

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