Never forget

It’s a sad day for the world. With the passing of Nelson Mandela, we have lost one of the most inspiring and courageous figures of our time. Madiba, your courage, determination and messages of forgiveness and reconciliation will never be forgotten. You were and always will be a beacon of peace and hope.

My thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Madiba’s family and all my South African friends.


The Nelson Mandela statue atop Naval Hill in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Inspiring quotes by Nelson Mandela

As a tribute to Nelson Mandela, I’ve included below several Nelson Mandela quotes that have truly inspired me.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. 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.

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.

As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.

True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

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.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others… 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.



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4 Responses to “Never forget”

  1. rob hermans 14/12/2013 12:59 pm

    beautiful picture..nice article keith. Let’s be brave and wise like Madiba. we have it all in us

  2. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans 10/12/2013 5:18 am

    I love the quotes – especially the second one. Nelson Mandela is the perfect example of someone who accomplished the purpose for which he was created. What a life well lived. We lost a great one!

  3. Indeed a very sad day, the passing of a true hero and a first hero to so many.


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