18 Uplifting And Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes

July 17, 2014

While Nelson Mandela is formally known as the former President of South Africa, he is regarded all over the globe as a number of thingd: philosopher, philanthropist, politician, revolutionary and advocate. In short, he changed our world for the better. Just five short years ago on July 18th, 2009, the UN General Assembly voted in support of Nelson Mandela International Day. The holiday (which falls conveniently on the activist’s birthday) is meant to honor Mandela’s work and inspire people to change the world around them.

Nelson Mandela called for a global movement; for upcoming generations to address the world’s social injustices and make peaceful changes for the better of humankind. This year marks the first holiday since Mandela’s tragic passing in December of 2013. While Nelson Mandela Day is meant to honor the life and works of this great man, it is also meant to prompt action. Get inspired and uplifted by these 18 Nelson Mandela quotes, and then commemorate the special day by contributing to a more peaceful, equal world.

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Cape Town, As Seen From Above

June 20, 2014

Cape Town South Africa

Beginning as a supply station and steadily transitioning into South Africa’s legislative capital and second most populous city, Cape Town is a city that simultaneously embraces and struggles with change. The coastal metropolis is a popular destination for expatriates and immigrants (it’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world), and yet it still faces challenges with its legacy of segregation.

Nelson Mandela Following His Life Sentence In 1964

January 5, 2014

Nelson Mandela After Life Sentencing

On June 12, 1964, Nelson Mandela and other members of the African National Congress were sentenced to life in prison for sabotage against the state. While Mandela’s attorney said that the “accused represent the struggle of their people for equal rights”, the judge remained unfazed.

Responding to the court’s decision to condemn Mandela and his cohorts to life behind bars, Mandela invoked the following defense: “I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.”

In 1990, Mandela was released from prison, and went on to serve as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

The Astonishing Heights Of South Africa

April 8, 2013

Drakensberg Mountains South Africa

With its sky-high reign of over 11,000 feet, the Drakensberg is the highest and most geologically-intriguing mountain range in all of South Africa. Ancient volcanic eruptions, wind deposits and water have given the range its unique shape.

The Mysteries Of South Africa’s Sodwana Bay

January 22, 2013

Sodwana Bay Photograph

South Africa’s Sodwana Bay is deemed one of the top diving sites in the world, and for good reason. In 2000, divers rediscovered the coelacanth, creatures so ancient that they stem back to the Paleozoic Era.

The World’s Most Beautiful “Table”

January 7, 2013
South Africa's Table Mountain

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Located in South Africa, the world-renowned Table Mountain gets its name from its strangely flat top.