Happy 90th Birthday Mabida!

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  1. Some quotes to commemorate:

    No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.

    True reconciliation does not consist in merely forgetting the past.

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

    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.

    And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

    During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to see realized. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

    Whatever the sentence Your Worship sees fit to impose upon me for the crime for which I have been convicted before this court may it rest assured that when my sentence has been completed, I will still be moved as men are always moved, by their conscience. I will still be moved by my dislike of the race discrimination against my people. When I come out from serving my sentence, I will take up again, as best I can, the struggle for the removal of those injustices until they are finally abolished.

    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.

    Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

    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.

    We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.

    It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.

    I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.

    Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.

    The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

    There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

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