人权斗士曼德拉之死举世哀悼,他的人生屡经波折却也活得精采,毕生为南非种族平等努力,为此他遭受超过27年牢狱之灾,出狱后得到诺贝尔和平奖,并成为南非历史上首位黑人总统。以下10句名言感动无数人,让我们借此认识他的思想与精神,学习他的智慧与远见。

“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference.”

“我们可以改变世界,让它成为一个更好的地方。有所作为的关键就在你手里。”

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

“教育是最有力的武器,你可以用它来改变世界。”

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

“活着最伟大的荣耀,并不是永不失败,而是每次跌倒都能爬起来。”

“It always seems impossible until it''s done.”

“当事情完成之前,它总是看似不可能。”

“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.”

“我了解勇气并不是无所畏惧,而是克服它。一个勇敢的人并不是感觉不到害怕,而是征服恐惧。”

“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.”

“没有人一出生就因为肤色、背景或宗教憎恨其他人。人类学习到恨,而当一旦他们学到恨,他们才被教会如何去爱,因为爱比恨更容易自然触及人心。”

“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

“好头脑与好心肠一向都是无敌的组合,但又加上经过文化修养的舌头或笔,你所拥有的就会变得非常特别。”

“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.”

“自由并不只是剪断铁链,而是活在尊重且争取他人自由的道路上。”

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”

“愤恨就像服毒,并希望此举能杀死你的敌人。”

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

“我不是圣人,除非你认为一位永不放弃尝试的罪人即是圣人。”

曼德拉出生于一战最后一年─1918年,2013年末因肺部感染,以95岁高龄逝世。各国政治领袖纷纷表示哀悼,曼德拉是一位真正自由的人,他以亲身行动反种族隔离,留下的精神后人将铭记在心,并继续为大同世界努力