21 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes That Prove Anything Is Possible

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years.

Following a 1960 massacre of non-violent black demonstrators, Mandela — who had previously advocated for nonviolent resistance in dismantling South Africa’s institutionalized white supremacy — resorted to violence in order to effect change, by helping to organize a paramilitary branch of the African National Congress (ANC). Four years later, Mandela, along with several other ANC peers, were charged with sabotage and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1990, south African President F.W. de Klerk called for the release of Mandela. Upon his release, Mandela would soon go on to become President of South Africa himself, inspiring countless individuals in his advocacy for peace and social justice, even after his December 2013 death.

With that in mind, here are some of the most inspirational Nelson Mandela quotes to help celebrate his legacy:

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The Bloody History of Decapitation

Beheading has a long history, and it might have a long future. Find out the who, when, why, where, and how of one of humanity’s worst execution methods.

Beheading Through History

On the morning of February 8, 1587, the condemned sovereign Mary Queen of Scots mounted a public block and was put to death on the orders of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, marking the end of one of history’s most famous disputes. After 18 years of confinement in one fortified house after another, Mary blessed her executioners for “mak[ing] an end to all my troubles,” and even managed to fire off a few one-liners before the sentence was carried out.

That sentence was beheading, and it’s been one of humanity’s favorite execution methods since the first clever caveman figured out how to make troublesome cave neighbors shut up once and for all with the stroke of a sharpened stone.

Now, discover all the grisly ways we’ve been beheading since then…

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Video Of The Day: The Very First Super Bowl Halftime Show

Last year’s Super Bowl made history as the most watched television event of all time. Nearly 120 million people tuned in for the part of the event that had nothing to do with football: the halftime show.

Perhaps the entertainment event of the year, this grand spectacle is so compelling and important that, in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL was asking the world’s top entertainers to pay them for the right to play the show. But as the above video of the very first Super Bowl halftime show (from 1967) reveals, things used to be much, much different.

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Shocking Labor Practices That Were Legal In Charles Dickens’ Age

Charles Dickens devoted much of his life to writing about the struggles of the working class. On the eve of his birthday, we look back on the historically awful conditions that may have inspired him to write in the first place.

Charles Dickens Writing Desk

A portrait of of Charles Dickens at his writing desk in 1858. Source: Wikimedia

Nearly 204 years ago, Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England. Dickens would go on to write an array of now-classics such as Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities, but Dickens’ life, like that of so many of his characters, did not have an easy beginning.

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