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.