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“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”

~ Nelson Mandela 1996 Hamba Kahle Tata

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Today the world has lost one of its most important leaders and one of its finest human beings. And Hillary, Chelsea and I have lost a true friend.

History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion for human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.

We will remember him as a man of uncommon grace and compassion, for whom abandoning bitterness and embracing adversaries was not just a political strategy but a way of life.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Graça and his family and to the people of South Africa.

All of us are living in a better world because of the life that Madiba lived.

He proved that there is freedom in forgiving, that a big heart is better than a closed mind, and that life’s real victories must be shared.

Bill Clinton

The world desperately needs heroes — those who lead without excessive ego, who sacrifice without seeking martyrdom, who show the way without condescension, who honor the best in us without shaming the worst in us, who exemplify what leadership can be and what a nation can accomplish, and from whose life we learn and relearn that social progress is not a pipe dream but the essence of what humans must embrace.

Nelson Mandela was such a hero and such a leader.

The world grieves his loss, and remembers his greatness.

Robert Reich

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