Scented Quotes of the Day, from Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) - RIP


The following quotes are not "scented" in their usual sense, but in a metaphorical sense of conveying goodness and faith in humanity. If you have heard of the traditions of the fragrant saints, you know what we mean. RIP Nelson Mandela.

"In his jailhouse memoirs, Mandela wrote that even after spending so many years in a Spartan cell on Robben Island – with one visitor a year and one letter every six months – he still had faith in human nature...

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion,” he wrote in “Long Walk to Freedom.”

“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.” 

Via NBC News 

"In another conversation I said, "Tell me the truth. When you were leaving prison after twenty-seven years and walking down that road to freedom, didn't you hate them all over again? And he said, "Absolutely I did, because they'd imprisoned me for so long. I was abused. I didn't get to see my children grow up. I lost my marriage and the best years of my life. I was angry. And I was afraid, because I had not been free for so long. But as I got closer to the car that would take me away, I realized that when I went through that gate, if I still hated them, they would still have me. I wanted to be free. And so I let it go."

Long Walk to Freedom  

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