Nelson Mandela

 

July 18, 1918 — December 5, 2013

 

A onetime advocate of violent resistance, Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison for his "sabotage" tactics before he changed his approach. Mandela's commitment to rising above past injustices to peacefully cooperate eventually won him his freedom in 1990 and he was soon elected the first president of South Africa in 1994. Ignored by many liberals , Mandela is a champion of liberal peace as a the greatest champion of changing the mind.

 

Essential Thoughts

 

The best weapon is to sit down and talk.

 

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

 

One effect of sustained conflict is to narrow our vision of what is possible.

 

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.

 

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.