Remembering Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013
Last week the world lost a great leader – Nelson Mandela, the liberator and leader of a truly free South Africa, passed away at the age of 95. During his life he stood against the injustice of apartheid; suffered abuse, imprisonment and hard labor; became the symbol for non-violent opposition to a racially segregated country; and when apartheid finally fell he rose to the office of President of South Africa.
The courage, strength and integrity that Mandela displayed through his life is recognized by the world. His will, and ability to lead through the power of forgiveness, is almost incomprehensible. To celebrate his life, we at Bible or Not would like to share some memorable quotes from Nelson Mandela, that give us a peek into his understanding that the path forward is tied to the ability to forgive.
Nelson Mandela Quotes On Forgiveness
“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.” – Nelson Mandela
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela
“South Africans must recall the terrible past so that we can deal with it, forgiving where forgiveness is necessary but never forgetting.” – Nelson Mandela
“If you are negotiating you must do so in a spirit of reconciliation, not from the point of view of issuing ultimatums.” – Nelson Mandela
More Nelson Mandela Quotes
“There is no such thing as part freedom.” – Nelson Mandela
“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.” – Nelson Mandela
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela
“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” – Nelson Mandela
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela
You can read more about the life and death of Nelson Mandela here.