“En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est toute une bibliothéque qui brûle”.
That was said by Hamadou Hampathe Ba, who was a Malian writer and ethnologist, translated into English it simply means “In Africa when an old man dies, it’s a whole library that burns down”. That statement was certainly true at the time of its writing, in 1960, a time in Africa when people “graduated from the great university of the Spoken Word taught in the shade of baobab trees” However today things have changed! We just lost one the greatest elders that Africa has ever produced, but thanks to the Written Word, no “library has burnt down”. Madiba, as he was affectionately called, left us with great sayings and life stories that will serve us and generations to come.
Today I will share just a few quotations from him, please feel to share the ones you know by Mandela.
1. “Difficulties break some men but make other. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.”
2. “We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
3. “We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”
4. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
5. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
6.“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. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity.”
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