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Nelson Mandela Quotes

Quotes and words of wisdom from Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

Nelson Mandela was born into the Thembu royal family in the British ruled South Africa. He was able to study law at two universities before he started work as a lawyer in Johannesburg. During his time working as a lawyer Mandela slowly became interested in politics and joined the African National Congress party (ANC party) in 1943, after the government in charge established apartheid, a system of racial segregation of blacks and coloured in favour or whites.

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Mandela’s commitment to the overthrow of this white supremacy began with his involvement with the ‘Defiance Campaign against unjust laws’ which led to the first large scale mobilisation against the apartheid government. His also had much influence and involvement in ‘Gathering of the Congress of the People’ which in 1955 lay out there vision for a future South Africa including all its rainbow nation, that is now known as ‘The Freedom Charter’.

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Mandela was arrested on numerous occasions all for the act of Sedition, defined as the speech or organisation of thought or ideas that lead to the uprising against the establishment. He was unsuccessfully prosecuted. Mandela originally started out with a commitment to non violent methods, slowly over the next seven years as he progressed within the ANC he would also turn to more dramatic steps and became co-founder of the militant group known as the Umkhonto we Sizwe or spear of the nation, a heavily armed division of the ANC intent on creating havoc against the government. After the first attacks on government facilities and institutions they were seen and classed as terrorists by not only the South Africa government but also the United States Of America.

Mandela was convicted and imprisoned in 1962 for inciting world to strike and leaving the country without permission. A police raid of the lilliesleaf farm in 1963, headquarters of the Umkhonto militant group, incriminating evidence was uncovered and along with 10 other ANC lead members Mandela was convicted and sentenced to Life in prison.

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Nelson Mandela would spend the next 27 years behind bars, with his fame growing slowly around the world Mandela’s personality developed into the wise and caring man he became. He was offered a release in 1985 only if he put a stop to the ever increasing violence on the streets of South Africa. He rejected the offer and the situation in South Africa deteriorated ever more.

By 1988 Mandela turned 70 and this attracted a lot of world wide media attention, a concert was staged at Wembley arena London that was seen by over 200 million world wide, the slogan free Nelson Mandela was born.

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A further two years passed and with the long serving P.W. Botha having a stroke gave way for F.W de Klerk to become president. He believed the apartheid was unsustainable and started to release some of the ANC political prisoners. On the 11th of February 1990 Nelson Mandela was released from prison and held a hero by his own people. A televised event around the world Mandela gave a speech declaring his commitment to peace and reconciliation with the white majority, instantly giving him heroic status amongst those listening.

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Mandela stood in the first democratically South African elections where all were able to vote. He won a landslide overall majority a served for two terms as South Africa’s first black president. He really was loved by whites and black alike, he had a calm and sense of purpose about him, his passion and determination not to see revenge from his own people or to slip into another type of apartheid this time against the whites. He truly was an inspirational figure of the 20th century and was awarded the noble peace prize in recognition.

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Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Quotes by Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln 1809 – 1865

American lawyer and politician serving as the 16th president of the United States of America. A remarkable man who led his country through civil war described as the bloodiest war America has ever known, he abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and considered by many to be the forefather of the modern economy with methods first introduced during his presidency.

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Lincoln had grown up in a poor family upbringing in Kentucky, largely self educated he was an avid reader and having a life long interest in learning, compelling Lincoln to his destiny. Lincoln married Miss Marry Todd in 1842 the daughter a wealthy slave holding family, they were to have four children of which only one survived to adulthood.

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This is said to have had a profound effect of both Lincoln and his wife for the rest of there lives. Lincoln was assassinated in April 1865 a few days after successfully reuniting two opposing forces at war with remarkable policy’s of reconciliation. A highly revered man in not only presidential history but of the history of the United States of America itself

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Mother Teresa Quotes

Quotes by Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa 1910 – 1997

Born as an Albanian in Skopje, then part of the Ottoman Empire. She was baptised the very next day and considered this to be her true birthday. From a young age Teresa was fascinated by stories of missionaries and their work abroad, committing her to focus on a religious life and by the age of 18 she left home to travel to join the ‘Sisters of Loreto’ in Ireland, it was hear she learnt English and the familiarity with monastic day to day living.

Within a year she had moved to India, still staying with the ‘Sisters of Loreto’ and undertook her novice apprenticeship. She studied diligently and as well as learning the scriptures she also learnt Bengali so as to be able to teach at the local convent, now named The Mother Teresa School.

Almost two years after she arrived in India Teresa was to take her first religious vows and choose the spiritual name of Teresa after the patron saint of missionaries. She would spend almost twenty years teaching at the convent, becoming the headmistress in the process.

It wasn’t until 1948 that Mother Teresa found her “call within the call” and began her missionary work with the poor. It was also at this time she replaced the traditional Sisters of Loreto habit with her own unique style of a white cotton sari with a blue boarder. She also adopted Indian citizenship and undertook several months of basic medical training before entering the slums of Calcutta.

A year later she was joined by a small group of young women laying the foundations for her religious community dedicated to helping the poorest amongst the poor. Over the course of almost 50 years Mother Teresa tirelessly fought for the rights of those poor, she founded hundreds of clinics, schools, hospices and community projects, she helped people from all areas of the world, encouraging us all to look within our own neighbourhood to help those in need.

She was a truly inspirational lady and in recognition of her exception life dedicated to others she has been awarded amongst many other awards, the Romon Magsaysay Award for peace and international understanding in 1962, the Pope John xxiii Peace Prize In 1971 and in 1979 the Nobel Peace Prize for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress.

Some of the other awards an merits bestowed upon this great lady include in 1985 the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Order Of Australia in 1982, the Order of Merit and Honourable citizenship of the United States of America and the Balkan Prize for promoting Humanity to name but just a few. Mother Teresa day is held on the 19th October and is seen as a public holiday in her country of birth.

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“Peace begins with a smile”

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“If you judge people, you have no time to love them”

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“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless”

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“Let us always meet each other with a smile, a smile is the beginning of love”

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“Do small things with great love”

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“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving”

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“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”

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Dalai Lama Quotes

Dalai Lama words of wisdom

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“In order to carry a positive action we must develop hear a positive vision”

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“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”

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“My religion is very simple, my religion is kindness”

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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better”

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“Silence is sometimes the best answer”

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“An eye for an eye… we are all blind”

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“The true hero is one who conquers his own anger and hatred”

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“The root of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation”

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“Let is recognise the precious nature of each day”

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“An open heart is an open mind”

Dalai Lama 1935 – present

The 14th Dalai Lama, born as Tenzin Gyatso is the current spiritual leader of Tibet. Tenzin was born in the small village of Taktser in Tibet, selected from a young age as being the possible reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. After careful selection and some remarkable coincidences or fate, Tenzin was chosen as the reincarnation at the age of five. He was 15 years old when he partly took over the political duties of Tibet. During the 1950’s China progressively and violently claimed Tibet as a state of the Chinese and denounced the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader and all who followed him. The uprising that came and the cultural cleansing preformed by the communist Chinese is one of recent history’s most tragic stories. China was swift and brutal, burning all cultural as religious artefacts, destroying temples and performing horrific acts upon monks and nuns, while the civilised world just watched. The Dalia Lama fled with his life along with a few number of government officials to India in 1959.

Dharamshala has now become residence to the refugees of Tibet and his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It is also the capital for the central Tibetan administration (Tibet’s government in exile) from hear the Dalai Lama gives talks and meets and greets thousands upon thousands of tourists and well wishers who have travelled vast distances just to glimpse this truly enlightened man. A true loving example of peace