Nelson Mandela was a philanthropist, politician, warrior for peace and equality, fighting against the apartheid that existed in South Africa which lead to his success in changing the racial discrimination in South Africa and his many awards including the Nobel Peace Prize.
Because of his dedication to end segregation and his actions in doing so, Mandela spent 27 years in prison; however this did not hinder his presence within the anti-apartheid movement. During his imprisonment he became an anti-apartheid icon within South Africa as well as internationally during this time, not to mention the world’s most famous political prisoner.
Because of this, international pressure on the South African Government forced them to release Mandela from imprisonment.
In 1994 Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the first black president by majority rule in South Africa.
After he stepped down in 1999, he continued his philanthropic work, influencing not only South Africa, but the world and its leaders.
“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 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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
“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.”
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
“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.”
-The Naked Bohemian