Weekend Wonderings: There Is No Passion To Be Found Playing Small

Nelson Mandela died this week. 

I know that over the next few days and weeks, there will be no end to the tributes pouring in, to the articles written about his life.  I hope beyond hope that  those articles retain respect for the man, for the life he lived, for the change he accomplished and for the ideals he stood for.

Mandela’s quotes are all over the internet.  They bear repeating.  Here are three of my favourites:

“As I sit in Qunu and grow as ancient as its hills, I will continue to entertain the hope that there has emerged a cadre of leaders in my own country and region, on my Continent and in the world, which will not allow that any should be denied their freedom as we were, that any should be turned into refugees as we were, that any should be condemned to grow hungry as we were, that any should be stripped of their human dignity as we were. “

On a democratic future, in an address to UNGA, in 1998


“No one is born hating another person because of the colour 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.”

From Long Walk to Freedom, published in 1994


“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than one you are capable of living”


Go forth and do some living, this weekend, readers. 

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