Author: Marshall Green
Date: December 11, 2013
Date: December 11, 2013
Categories: Impact|Spiritual Life

This past Thursday, Nobel Prize winner, human rights and anti-apartheid leader, and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela died at age 95.Mandela spent the majority of his life fighting for human rights in South Africa and throughout the world. 

One of the core components of Houghton College’s mission statement is to equip students to “lead and labor as scholar-servants in a changing world.”  Houghton College has a long, deep-rooted history of doing just that; developing scholar-servants who engage with world social issues during and after their collegiate career.  With this in mind, we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, a man who demonstrated the sort of servant-leadership and fight for social justice we value.

“At Houghton College, we join our world in paying tribute to one of the great statesmen of our time,” said Houghton College president, Shirley Mullen.  “Rather than live in pursuit of his own personal happiness, Nelson Mandela had the clarity of vision and the personal courage to invest his life in something larger than himself.  His unyielding commitment to justice in South Africa, at great personal cost, inspired a generation of men and women around the world to believe that even intractable political systems could be changed.  And when the tables finally turned, his choice to pursue forgiveness and reconciliation rather than revenge illustrated for all to see that power, as well as suffering, could be used for redemptive purposes.”

Below is a collection of quotes from Mandela that was recently printed in USA TODAY:…During his long life, Mandela inspired countless individuals. Here is a collection of quotes that personify his spirit:

1) "Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."

2) "It always seems impossible until it's done."

3) "If I had my time over I would do the same again. So would any man who dares call himself a man."

4) "I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

5) "Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people."

6) "A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of."

7) "Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do."

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

9) "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."

10) "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."

11) "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies."

12) "Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front."

13) "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

14) "I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days."

15) "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."

-Jessica Durando, USA TODAY Network