Nelson Mandela Lessons
Nelson Mandela Lessons
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18 July 1918 is a South African politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, the first ever to be elected in a fully representative democratic election.
Before being elected President, Mandela was a militant anti-apartheid activist, and the leader and co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). In 1962 he was arrested and convicted of sabotage and other charges, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mandela went on to serve 27 years in prison, spending many of these years on Robben Island. Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela led his party in the negotiations that led to the establishment of democracy in 1994.
As President, he frequently gave priority to reconciliation, while introducing policies aimed at combating poverty and inequality in South Africa.
Mandela has received more than 250 awards over four decades.
One of the many things African students — and people all across the world can look towards to for inspiration — are the many lessons Mandela has provided us with.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.”
“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.”
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”