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Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdomby Nelson Mandela
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“The book that you hold in your hands is nothing short of a miracle.” —Desmond Tutu, from the Introduction
The authorized record of Nelson Mandelas most inspiring and historically important quotations
Notes to the Future is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection—gathered from privileged access to Mandelas vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence, and audio recordings— features more than three hundred quotations spanning more than sixty years, and includes his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.
These inspirational quotations, organized into four sections—Struggle, Victory, Wisdom, and Future—are both universal and deeply personal. We see Mandelas sense of humor, his loneliness and despair, his thoughts on fatherhood, and the reluctant leader who had no choice but to become the man history demanded.
A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.
FROM A LETTER TO ZINDZI MANDELA, WRITTEN ON ROBBEN ISLAND, FEBRUARY 10, 1980
"South African human rights activist and politician Mandela has inspired millions of people, and many of his most famous public proclamations (as well as some private ones) are collected here. Snippets from speeches following his release from prison in 1990 and during his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, as well as short passages from the as-yet unpublished sequel to his autobiography are interwoven with previously published excerpts from books, interviews, and other material, creating a rich tapestry that gives readers a well-rounded portrait of the man. Some themes, such as negotiation, forgiveness, and resolve recur throughout, but it is Mandela's honest and humble assessments of his shortcomings that stand out. 'When I look back at some of my early writings and speeches I am appalled by their pedantry, artificiality and lack of originality,' he wrote to his wife, Winnie Mandela. 'The urge to impress is clearly noticeable.' There are plenty of poster-worthy platitudes, such as 'he best weapon is to sit down and talk,' and 'ur morality does not allow us to desert our friends,' but it's clear that the Nobel Prize-winner's wisdom was hard-won. More than merely a collection of commandments, Mandela's inspiring Notes to the Future are as salient today as they will surely prove to be for generations to come. (Nov. 20)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the heart and soul of visionary Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela, a collection of his most uplifting, time-honored quotes that have inspired our world and offer a path for peace.
This powerful and thought-provoking book of quotations captures the beautiful words that have helped Nelson Mandela inspire the world with his message of hope and endurance. Spanning the public life of this beloved global leader, Notes to the Future also shows the tension and evolution evident in Mandela’s life and thinking.
Organized by themes divided into four parts under the headings Struggle, Victory, Wisdom, and Future, these quotations offer a special insight into the events that have shaped Nelson Mandela’s iconic life. As Mandela says, “A good pen can also remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood, and our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.”
About the Author
Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies for many years before being arrested in August 1962. Mandela was incarcerated for more than twenty-seven years, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. He is the author of the international bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.
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