Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, Nobel Prize winner and anti-Apartheid icon passed away on Thursday at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95.

By any standard, Madiba, as he was fondly referred to by those who loved him, lived a robust, fulfilling and impactful life. Few people have had as much impact on history as Madiba had.

History will remember him as one of the greatest men who ever lived – an incredibly selfless man who made so much of a sacrifice to re-write the history of generations of South Africans and the world.  

During his lifetime Mandela inspired us with his numerous words of wisdom, etched in our memories till tomorrow.

And his words remain true today:

  1. I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
  2. I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
  3. Difficulties break some men but make others. 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.
  4. It always seems impossible until it’s done.
  5. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.
  6. Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.
  7. A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.
  8. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
  9. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
  10. 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.
  11. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
  12. There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
  13. Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
  14. We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.
  15. Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished
  16. Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
  17. I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.
  18. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
  19. When people are determined they can overcome anything.
  20. It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur.  You take the front line when there is danger.  Then people will appreciate your leadership.

 

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Nelson Mandela Twitter Tributes

South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid icon revolutionised politics in his home country and as a result, his influence was felt across the world.

Mandela had been in and out of hospital battling a recurrent lung infection. After battling illness several times in recent years, his family and supports had been resigned to the prospect of his death in the last few months.

After challenging white minority rule in his youth and facing life imprisonment in 1964, Nelson Mandela was released in 1990 and just four years later won an election be South Africa’s first black president, signalling an end to racial segregation.

Here are some celebrity tributes from Twitter to a man who changed the world, Nelson Mandela.

Olivia Wilde "Oh Mandela, rest in peaceful freedom."

Anderson Cooper "Mandela is gone. There is no one else like him."

Marlee Matlin: "So sad to read of the passing of the symbol of global resistance to racism. RIP Nelson Mandela."

Piers Morgan: "BREAKING NEWS: Nelson Mandela has died, aged 95. One of the great men of history. RIP."

Patti Stanger: "May the peace minister#NelsonMandela RIP as I'm sure the angels are dancing with joy tonight to get to hang with such a great man! Namaste."

DL Hughley: "RIP Nelson Mandela u changed the Whole world with your dignity and Strength!!! #TeamDl"

Tyra Banks "@NelsonMandela, 95 powerful years on this earth yet freedom for INFINITY because of you. You are an angel that will live forever."


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One of the most influential leaders in history has passed away today. 

RIP Nelson Mandela :(

Here are 15 inspirational quotes to leave you inspired today!

 

1) "Difficulties break some men but make others. 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) "It always seems impossible until it's done."

3) "If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."

4) "I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

5) "Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people."

6) "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."

7) "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."

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

9) "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

10) "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."

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

12) "Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front."

13) "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

14) "I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."

15) "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."


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If you are a fan of the Fast and the Furious franchise of movies, then you will be sad to hear that the star of those movies, Paul Walker, has died in a fiery car crash today, as reported by TMZ.

According to sources, he was in the Los Angeles area at a car show raising money to help with rebuilding the Phillipines after the typhoon had struck the area.

He was taking friends out for rides in his brand new Porsche GT and somehow lost control at the wheel and slammed into a pole and the engine exploded.

Both he and a passenger died almost immediately from the explosion.

If you are a fan of Paul Walker, I am really sad to have to report this news to you.

For more information about this story, you can read more at TMZ.

R.I.P. Paul Walker.

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UPDATE - From Paul Walker's Official Fan Page:

It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. -#TeamPW

Jim Howe, 40, got into an argument with a school resource officer when he tried to pick up his children from their school. He did not comply with a policy that parents need to wait in their vehicles instead of coming into the building on foot. Howe was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct and has since posted video of the incident online.

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