QUNU, South Africa
A hearse carrying Mandela’s body drove into his hometown in rural South Africa ahead of burial Sunday, returning the country’s peacemaker to the place where he had always wanted to die.
It was here in Qunu that Mandela roamed the hills and tended livestock as a youth, absorbing lessons about discipline and consensus from traditional chiefs. From here he embarked on a journey _ the “long walk to freedom” as he put it _ that thrust him to the forefront of black South Africans’ struggle for equal rights that resonated around the world. May He Rest in Peace.
NELSON MANDELA ~ REST IN PEACE
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. ~~ Nelson Mandela
Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. ~~
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed. ~~ Nelson Mandela
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.~~Nelson Mandela
The titanic effort that has brought liberation to South Africa, and ensured the total liberation of Africa, constitutes an act of redemption for the black people of the world. ~~Nelson Mandela