Nelson Mandela Remembered: 10 Images. 9 Quotes. 1 Video.

Today – 05 December 2016 – marks the third anniversary since the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. To honour his life and the extraordinary influence he had over his beloved country and the entire world, here are 10 photos, 9 quotes and 1 Video we love…


Nelson Mandela with wife Winnie on the day of his release. And so began his long walk to freedom.
One of the most cherised memories in South African history (Source:
One of the most cherished memories in South African history. Source:
Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation
Source: ANC
Nelson Mandela with Jacob Zuma (now president of South Africa). Source: ANC
Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, 26 July 1991. Matanzas, Cuba © Libiria Noval
Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro, 26 July 1991. Matanzas, Cuba © Libiria Noval
Nelson Mandela in Trafalgar Square
Nelson Mandela in Trafalgar Square, London
Nelson Mandela's Birthday Photo with Winnie Mandela next to him
Nelson Mandela with family – his ex-wife Winnie is seen here, seated, at his birthday celebration in July, 2011.
An early photo of a radiantly happy Mandela and Graca Machel.
(Source: Revista Afro)

9 Nelson Mandela Quotes

“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
– Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
– Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, 1994

“Hope is a powerful weapon and no one power on earth can deprive you of”
– From a letter to Winnie Mandela, written on Robben Island, 23 June 1969

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Address at the Planetarium , Johannesburg , South Africa , 16 July 2003

“Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.”

“I learnt that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. I felt fear myself more times than I can remember, but I hid it behind a mask of boldness. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers the fear.”
– From Long Walk to Freedom, 1994

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

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
– 90th birthday celebration of Walter Sisulu, Randburg, South Africa, 18 May 2002 

“It always seems impossible until it is done…”

Today President Jacob Zuma called on all South Africans to recommit to unity and working together to build South Africa and to keep Madiba’s legacy alive.

“President Mandela taught us to unite and to love and respect one another as South Africans. He also taught us to build friendly relations with our neighbours and the international community as a whole,” said President Zuma.

“Let us work harder than ever, to make South Africa a success story that generations to come will be proud of.”

If you would like to honour Madiba today, please consider donating to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the hospital he dreamt of which was officially launched on Friday. Donate here:


Watch Video: Johnny Clegg performing Asimbonanga with Nelson Mandela in France, 1999

“It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world… and at peace with myself” – Nelson Mandela