He has been such a forceful presence in our collective minds ... the liberator of South Africa, the global torchbearer for freedom and liberty, the moral conscience of a world plagued by intolerance and violence. Is there anybody of stature today who can carry his torch? Alas, nobody comes to mind.
His work went beyond his people to all peoples, and beyond his country to every corner of the planet. If there is justice in this universe, in any form, Nelson Mandela will indeed rest in peace.
Because of Nelson Mandela, South Africa became the first country in the world to include constitutional protection for same-gender-loving persons.
I remember the man they call Madiba with great fondness, admiration and gratitude. Not only was he a man who dedicated his life to peace and freedom, he was an incomparable leader who truly understood the power of sport.
In South Africa, Nelson Mandela is called 'tata' by our children. Tata means 'father,' a fitting tribute to the father of our nation and a man who always had a great love of young people. To commemorate the passing of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, here are some of his famous and not-so-famous quotes on children and youth.
Life is a series of falls and rises, mountains and valleys, and pushing and pausing. And as Mandela has shown, our most important years and victories may occur when our hair is gray or gone.
For Mandela, true freedom could only come from forgiveness and a desire to recast the society not from personal or group revenge, but rather from justice, redemption and reconciliation.
Mandela's life story is one of overcoming adversity and embracing challenges that seemed to many to be both unsolvable and insurmountable.
Nelson Mandela's determination and steadfast commitment to equality remains an inspiration to activists and ordinary citizens the world over.
If you're like most Americans, you know that Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and emerged without hatred to spearhead a peaceful transfer of power in South Africa. But you probably know nothing about the 1995 Rugby World Cup match.
As leaders of governments and human rights groups from all over the world prepare to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa next week, here is a proposal that would pay worthy tribute to his memory.
A political prisoner changed my life. That man, now free -- always free, really -- wore number 466 at Robben Island prison in South Africa. Today, he died. I know Nelson Mandela won't have the opportunity to read this. But I do need to write it.
As the eulogies for Nelson Mandela begin to appear, it's the perfect moment to reflect on how the U.S. responded to his calls to end apartheid. Today, just as during the bleak days of apartheid, oppressive regimes imprison and harass human rights activists, Mandela's spiritual heirs.
The world has lost a true leader, a true father and a true inspiration. To say he lived a life of significance barely does it justice, and it is not over -- he leaves a profound legacy of hope in a world still wracked by injustice and inequity.
Death is not the final victory. Nothing can silence the voice of Nelson Mandela - not Robin Island, not death. His words are eternal. His voice will echo throughout time.
Today is an extremely sad day. Nelson Mandela, one of most courageous leaders, has passed away. South Africa -- indeed, the whole world -- is saying goodbye to a great human being and an incredible inspiration.