You can send messages of condolences to Nelson Mandela’s family through his website.
His words and example will live on, inspiring generations to come.
“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.” ~ Nelson Mandela (1996)
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ~ Nelson Mandela speaking at the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Pretoria, South Africa, 8 May 1995
“Too many women continue to bear the brunt of social and economic deprivation, in the rural as well as urban areas. Domestic violence, rape, abuse of women remain disgraceful blots on the reputation of a country that is called a miracle nation in other respects. The suffering of children invariably impacts more greatly on women than on men.” ~ Nelson Mandela speaking at a Diner celebrating Women’s month, Johannesburg Country Club, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 August 2003
“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 we can use to change the world.” During an address at the Planetarium , Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 July 2003
“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.” 1994, from his autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”