Last night, a light went out in the world.

South Africa lost its greatest son, Madiba, one of the most courageous and profoundly good human beings this world has ever known. The world was truly fortunate to have Nelson Mandela for 95 years, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today.

In memory of Madiba, here are a few of his many influential quotes:

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

“As I walked out the door toward my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave all the anger, hatred, and bitterness behind, that I would still be in prison.”

“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life less than the one you are capable of living.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed towards the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.”

May his legacy live on.

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