RIP Nelson Mandela

"I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether

that comes from nuture or nurture, I cannot

say. Part of being optimistic is keeping

one’s head pointed toward 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.

RIP Nelson Mandela

A great man, will be missed by millions.

Yes a truly great man


A towering figure and truly inspiring leader. I remember Thatcher dismissing him as a terrorist in the eighties, while the rest of the world were singing “free Nelson Mandela”.

nkosi sikelel’ iafrika

i loved the sound of that when he was elected.

and free nelson mandela too.

whammel - i had many a row with my mother in law about the fact that he was not a terrorist.

he is all wrapped up in memories of my youth.

my stroppy socialist self could be a bore except when i was talking about nelson mandela.

rest well madeba


Tata Mandiba Mandela - Free at Last

~ I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

~ Whatever the sentence Your Worship sees fit to impose upon me for the crime for which I have been convicted before this court may it rest assured that when my sentence has been completed, I will still be moved as men are always moved, by their conscience. I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people. When I come out from serving my sentence, I will take up again, as best I can, thestruggle for the removal of those injusticesuntil they are finally abolished.

~ 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.

~ True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

~ If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.

~ Extremists on all sides thrive, fed by the blood lust of centuries gone by.

~ As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others… 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.

~ The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope. African music is often about the aspirations of the African people, and it can ignite the political resolve of those who might otherwise be indifferent to politics.

~ As I have said, the first thing is to be honestwith yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.

~ 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.

~ If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

~ It always seems impossible until its done… 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 reach the mountaintop of our desires.

~ There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

My son and I cried when we heard the news of his passing, We had the great pleasure of meeting him in Leeds when my son was doing a topic on Stephen Lawrence in Year 2 at school we were invited to attend the meeting that was held in Leeds. A great honour it was too. R.I.P

Thanks for the link. Given the Tories anti-sanctions stance, I can easily believe this is true. I remember there were many financial interests in South Africa to protect, not least Dennis Thatcher’s millions. Unfortunately, I do not posses Mandela’s astonishing powers of forgiveness.