"Do not evaluate me by my triumphs; rather, measure me by how many times I have fallen and gotten back up." "The courageous guy is not one who is not scared, but one who overcomes that fear." "Being free means not just breaking free from one's bonds, but also living in a way that respects and supports the freedom of others." "This is why democracy is not just a system, it is a way of life."
Nelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist who became President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He spent 18 years in prison on charges of treason after being convicted for his role in an uprising against South African apartheid. Upon release, he began working with the African National Congress (ANC) to promote racial equality through non-violent action. After the ANC was legalized in 1990, he was elected president three years later. Mandela died on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95.
Mandela is known for using symbolism to encourage peaceful change. He often quoted figures from different cultures during speeches to demonstrate that no one culture has a monopoly on wisdom.
Here are some of Mandela's most famous quotes:
• "In our country there are two types of people: those who make things happen and those who watch things happen."
• "I have found out that you cannot lead someone else's life, but you can only help them find their own path."
I discovered that bravery was the triumph over fear, not the lack of it. "The courageous guy is not one who is not scared, but one who overcomes that fear." -Nelson Mandela.
Mandela said that fear was natural but that we must overcome our fears if we want to achieve something great. He believed that everyone can be brave, but only some people choose to be. Courage is not just having the nerve to do something; it is also being willing to accept responsibility for your actions.
He said that courage was the ability to face danger, uncertainty, hardship, or pain and continue fighting no matter what happens. It is not lying down when you are hurt, it is recovering from that injury. It is not fearing what might happen if you do something dangerous, it is feeling afraid but going through with it anyway.
Courage is not telling others how things will be, but rather telling them what can be done. It is not hiding behind someone else's back, but standing up for yourself. It is not refusing to fight because you are alone, but rather fighting because you have been given a reason to live.
He said that courage was not blissful ignorance, it was understanding what was right and wrong and acting upon those beliefs.
"The courageous guy is not one who is not scared, but one who overcomes that fear." "The most potent weapon you can employ to alter the world is education." "And finally, never forget your beginning; never quit; and never, ever give up.
These are some of the many slogans used by Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned on Robben Island between June 18, 1964 and December 31, 1990. He later said these were some of his greatest achievements.
Mandela's act of defiance against apartheid began on August 2, 1955 when he smuggled weapons into prison to help fight off attacks from guards. By this time, he had already been sentenced to five years on prison charges related to sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government.
After two years at Victor Verster Prison in South Africa, he was transferred to a military prison on the island of Balsan near Cape Town. From there, he wrote letters to civil rights leaders in the United States asking for their support in his campaign for freedom. In these letters, he also shared his thoughts on politics and society within South African prisons.
In 1963, after eight years on Robben Island, Mandela was released on parole. But soon after his release, he was arrested again and returned to prison.
According to Mandela, bravery is the triumph over fear rather than its absence. The courageous man is not one who is not scared, but one who overcomes that fear...
...He is a man who faces his fears head-on instead of running from them.
An example of this is when Mandela was imprisoned on charges of treason. During his trial, the judge asked him if he had anything to say before he was sentenced. He replied by saying "I would like to state unequivocally that I am not a terrorist and that I have never engaged in violent political action." Even though he was convicted of high treason and sentenced to life imprisonment, he still believed that he was not guilty of violence. This shows that Mandela believed that it was more important for him to be brave even though he was afraid, rather than not being afraid at all.
Another example is when he was freed from prison after 20 years. Many people thought that he would flee into exile, but he didn't. Instead, he went back home to South Africa where he knew that he would be met with hostility from the government because of his beliefs. But he still wanted to show the world that he was not a threat and so he returned home.
These are just two examples of how Mandela demonstrated courage throughout his life.