Nelson Mandela He was a tireless fighter for the abolition of racism in South Africa, inequality and poverty. His legacy was so great that it set a precedent, not just for blacks in South Africa, but globally.
Activist, lawyer and politician. Party leader CNA (African National Congress) that defended the rights of the black population of the country. A studied man who fought with a basis to end the injustices of a country in which its citizens were being exploited and oppressed by a minority, solely because of their race and social class.
Mandela, in addition to having achieved a change for the better in his nation and a legacy for the world, left us a great teaching and with it, a series of inspirational phrases that invite reflection, about peace and equality.
Famous quotes of Nelson Mandela and his learning
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
Mandela knew this more than anyone, having spent 27 years in prison for fighting Apartheid. Movement led by Afrikaners (descendants of British and Dutch), which consisted of separating people by their racial condition, preventing black and white from mixing.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave is not the one who does not feel fear, but the one who overcomes that fear. ”
Those years of confinement did not quench his desire to witness a nation with equal rights. Four years after his release, in 1994 he was proclaimed the South Africa’s first black president, under democratic elections, where blacks were finally able to carry out the right to vote.
“You will accomplish more in this world by acts of mercy than by acts of repression.”
Nelson Mandela also wins the recognition of the people for wanting to lead a pacifist activism, in his effort to want a victory without violence, in a multiracial South Africa. In addition, receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
“One of the things I learned when I was negotiating was that until I changed myself, I couldn’t change others.”
This phrase is a vital reflection on the need to learn to reinvent and know yourself. Sometimes we wait for a change for the better, not knowing that we must start with ourselves and then we will see how everything begins to evolve by itself.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, their origin or their religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, because love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. ”
Discriminatory and irrational hateful behaviors are learned. That is why, despite all the years of misery that black South Africans lived through, Mandela believed he was hopeful that his nation would be reborn.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
We have all faced complicated situations that life challenges us and we have been on the verge of collapse and say Enough is enough! Until we find a way or we try so hard and so hard that we end up succeeding. That’s when we realize that it’s not impossible, you just have to be brave like Mandela.
“You can start changing the world for the better every day, no matter how small the action is.”
Although it seems that all of Nelson Mandela’s actions went in a big way, surely he started from the little things, taking small steps until he got where he wanted.
“Because being free is not merely letting go of chains, but living in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
He could understand quite a bit of freedom over the years. Have you ever rethought what freedom is to you? It can be quite relative, but having empathy, reaching a level of peace of mind, personal acceptance and with those around you, are leading you to it.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”
When Mandela takes over the presidency, he realizes that the majority of blacks were illiterate. And it is that they had been deprived of so many things, for so many years, that it is uncomfortable to believe that it will reach something as fundamental as education. How could they defend themselves without it?
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the meaning of the life we lead. ”
And he did know how to make a difference. So much so, that 25 years after his mandate and 6 since his death, you are reading a post that honors his legacy. From Mandela you can learn to consider the actions you want to take in your life, both for personal growth, as a contribution in the lives of those around you, be one of those who add up.
“Relations between a man and his God are personal matters. You cannot go out and challenge people’s belief in a higher self. ”
Yes we must learn more about respect for free worship, and respect in general. Through it a healthy coexistence with people is achieved. Do you remember the above phrase about freedom? Well, they go a bit hand in hand.
“Death is inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe that I have made that effort and that therefore I will sleep for eternity. ”
There is no doubt that Nelson is now in his eternal rest, 95 years of courage, struggle and unwavering conviction to defend the equal rights necessary for any human being. Mandela defended what should be taken for granted and was unstoppable in it, did what was within his power, despite the repressions that were presented to him.
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