If there is one figure who is no stranger to any one of us, it is none other than Nelson Mandela. Throughout his life, he is known for his unyielding love for peace, justice and equality. While he has physically left us, his soul will never leave our heart. As soon as news of his departure broke out, tributes from renowned figures started pouring in and here are some of the best.
Pouring tributes from celebrities
“The Father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, has finished his journey. One wants to think in terms of big words when describing him, but this would not be right. Among the many things one can say about our Madiba (Nelson Mandela’s tribal name) is that he never thought of himself as big. He was one of us, one of the people. His journey was our journey. And although he has physically left us now, his journey continues within us all” – South African Male Choral Group
“We count ourselves unspeakably fortunate to have been immersed in Nelson Mandela’s story and legacy. It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice. I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism” – Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company released “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. ”
Memorable quotes from Nelson Mandela
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.
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.
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.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Tributes for world’s renowned political figures
“Nelson Mandela was one of the great figures of Africa, arguably one of the great figures of the last century” – Tony Abbott, Australian PM
“Mr Mandela was a world-renowned statesman, who during the long years led the South African people through arduous struggles to the anti-apartheid victory, making a historic contribution to the establishment and development of the new South Africa” – Xi Jinping, Chinese President
“On nation building, he made a major achievement with focus on the reconciliation of the people. He was a great leader” – Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister
“His passion for freedom and justice created new hope for generations of oppressed people worldwide, and because of him, South Africa is today one of the world’s leading democracies” – Jimmy Carter
Nelson Mandela, 1918 – 2013