A man who changed our World.
Among Nelson Mandela’s many achievements, two stand out. First, he was the world’s most inspiring example of fortitude, magnanimity and dignity in the face of oppression. Second, and little short of miraculous, was the way in which he engineered and oversaw South Africa’s transformation from a byword for nastiness and narrowness into, at least in intent, a rainbow nation in which people, no matter what their color, were entitled to be treated with respect.
A giant passes.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered. … The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. … Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. … After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. … I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. … Death is something 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 I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.
—Excerpts from an interview for the documentary ‘Mandela,’ 1994
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Liberator as Prisoner and President, dies at 95.