Nelson Mandela, Father of Peace, Justice and Equality

Should there be one man who is no stranger to every one of us, it would be Nelson Mandela. All through his life, he is known for his enduring passion for justice, equality and peace. Even though he has now left all of us, what he has left behind will be remembered forever. For now, here are some of the wonderful quotes that he has left behind and some of the tributes that showered in from famous celebrities and political leaders the world over.

Pouring tributes from celebrities

"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

"Mandela would be remembered as a remarkable man just for what happened - and didn't happen - in South Africa's transition. But more than anyone, it was he who rebooted the idea of Africa from a continent in chaos to a much more romantic view, one in keeping with the majesty of the landscape and the nobility of even its poorer inhabitants. He was also a hardheaded realist, as his economic policy demonstrated. To him, principles and pragmatism were not foes; they went hand in hand. He was an idealist without naiveté, a compromiser without being compromised" - Bono, Artist

 

"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" - Morgan Freeman, Actor

Some of Nelson Mandela's most memorable quotes

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.

A leader. . . is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.

Selected tributes from world's renowned figures

"Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of Africa, arguably one of the great figures of the last century" - Tony Abbott, Australian PM

"On nation building, he made a major achievement with focus on the reconciliation of the people. He was a great leader" - Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister

"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

A tribute to Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013


 

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