5 December 2013

Madiba

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."
Nelson Mandela (April 20th, 1964)

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  1. A man
    A real man

    Ps thought you may like my Rhyl comment tonight x

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  2. One of the greats. And more importantly, recognised as great in his own time.

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  3. The world is better off for having Nelson Mandela. It is our loss that he is gone.

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  4. Truly amazing person.

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  5. OMG ~ I missed that news this morning.

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  6. He was probably the most important person to have lived in the last century. He achieved so much. I hope the world continues to build on his foundations.

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  7. JOHN GRAY, KATHERINE, RED, LIBBY, CAROL & MORNING AJ - Much healthy cynicism generally surrounds political leaders. We don't entirely trust them and we suspect their motives. But Nelson Mandela was above all of that. At once he was a portrait of humility, kindness and good humour as well as a giant amongst men with vision, intellect and courage. We shall not see his like again.

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  8. I agree - we may glorify many political leaders as being true statesmen and visionaries etc, but I think the actual number who really deserve our gushing praise could probably be counted on the fingers of one hand - and maybe not a full-fingered hand at that. Mandela is number one.

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  9. If I were to live to be a thousand I can't imagine achieving a hundredth of what he managed. Among all his accomplishments I find one of the most impressive was knowing when to take a backseat. The second is that he has managed to drive our royals out of the Telegraph for a day.

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  10. You know that for various reasons I am an old cynic but one thing he said is undeniable,

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

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    1. He said many true things that will percolate through the years ahead.

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  11. .....and he left us a legacy of hundreds of wonderful quotes too.

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    1. "Sometimes, I feel like one who is on the sidelines, who has missed life itself." - Nelson Mandela

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  12. Merveilleux homme qui m'a fait rêver d'un monde meilleur, qui a réussi sa mission, celle qu'il s'était attribuée !
    Joli post- Cath

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