On Mandela Day

Thursday, July 18th is Nelson Mandela International Day … and the humanitarian’s 95th birthday. I have several South Africans who are regulars here, and perhaps they are best to describe Mandela’s impact. Therefore, I will keep it simple by including some of his quotes below, followed by a musical tribute and two reference sites.

We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

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.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.

Courage is not the absence of fear — it s inspiring others to move beyond it.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.

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.

Here are two sites for today: One from the UN and another site designed for promoting day.