Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” – Nelson Mandela

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  • Pat Young Dec 5, 2013

    With the thanks of the world.

    • Kevin Levin Dec 5, 2013

      Indeed. Figuring out what I am going to do in class tomorrow.

  • msb Dec 5, 2013

    Well said, Pat.
    Kevin, would it be useful to note the historical references to, for example, Martin Luther King (bending the moral arc of the universe towards justice) and Lincoln (or rather Stanton: now he belongs to the ages) in the President’s beautiful statement?

  • Rob in CT Dec 6, 2013

    That’s one helluva quote. He lived up to it, and he convinced others to live up to it too, which is probably more remarkable.

  • Nathan Towne Dec 6, 2013

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

    -Invictus

    Nathan Towne

  • Lyle Smith Dec 6, 2013

    I had the pleasure of hearing him speak over a decade ago at Southern University in Baton Rouge. I’m glad I went. He was a good man.

  • Adam Badeau Dec 8, 2013

    Like many, I am impressed by what he endured and awed by his forgiveness.

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