New book brings Nelson Mandela’s quotes to life

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is going to be releasing the very first completely accurate, totally referenced and authorised record of former president Nelson Mandela’s most inspiring and historically significant quotations.

Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations will be launched ahead of Mandela Day – Mandela’s Birthday – on 18 July.

“This collection – obtained from privileged sanctioned permission to access Mandela’s vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence and audio recordings – includes in excess of 2 000 quotations spanning more than 60 years,” says the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Over 300 categories

The motivational quotations are arranged into over 300 categories for simple reference, including such aspects as what defines greatness in “Character”, “Courage” and “Optimism”.

One can possibly at the same time learn from him the essence of democracy, freedom and struggle in the categories such as “Democracy”, “History”, “Racism”, “Reconciliation” and “Unity”.

Selected quotations from the book:

# “I accepted that if you have a problem, you must face it and not gloss over it.” – Nelson Mandela, 29 December 1992

# “I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela, 1975

# “You sharpen your ideas by reducing yourself to the level of the people you are with.” – Nelson Mandela, 13 August 2005

# “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.” – Nelson Mandela, Closing Address 13th International Aids Conference, Durban, South Africa, 14 July 2000.



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