10 citaten van Nelson Mandela op wat zijn honderdste verjaardag zou zijn

Nelson Mandela zou op 18 juli honderd jaar geworden zijn. Zijn niet aflatende strijd tegen de apartheid toonde zijn moed, veerkracht, nederigheid en vergevingsgezindheid. Mandela zou daardoor uitgroeien tot een van de meest inspirerende personen van de twintigste eeuw.

De oud-president van Zuid-Afrika overleed in 2013 op 95-jarige leeftijd. Hij zat 27 jaar in de gevangenis waarvan 18 jaar op Robben-eiland. In 1990 kwam hij vrij. Vier jaar later werd Mandela tot president van Zuid-Afrika gekozen. Dat zou hij vijf jaar blijven. In 1993 ontving Mandela de Nobelprijs voor de vrede.

Zijn uitspraken waren vaak een pleidooi voor gelijkheid en solidariteit, volharding en vrijheid.

We zetten tien citaten op een rij:

“Where you stand depends on where you sit.”

“One of the challenges of our time, without being pietistic or moralistic, is to re-instil in the consciousness of our people that sense of human solidarity, of being in the world for one another and because of and through others.”

“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,” 

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles,”

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion,”

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. 

“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,”

“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,”

“A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones,” 

“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.”

Bron(nen):   Business Insider