Celebrating Mandela Day
Every year on 18 July, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day.
Mandela Day is an annual event that takes place on the late Mandela’s birthday. The international day of philanthropy commemorates the life of South Africa’s beloved former president who spent 67 years of his life fighting for justice and equality. We pay homage to the icon by dedicating 67 minutes of our time to making a positive change to our communities. In honour of his birthday we have put together 10 of his most inspirational quotes:
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language that goes to his heart.”
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
"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."
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right”