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February 11th 1990: Mandela released

On this day in 1990, the South African activist and politician Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Mandela had spent twenty-seven years in prison for his role as an anti-apartheid activist at the head of Umkhonto we Sizwe, which translates as Spear of the Nation. The controversial organisation served as the militant armed wing of the African National Congress political party, born out of a frustration among anti-apartheid activists that their non-violence was met with brutality by white authorities against black citizens. Mandela was arrested in 1962 and sentenced to life in prison, during which time he was largely condemned as a terrorist by Western nations. He served most of his twenty-seven years on Robben Island, then Victor Verster Prison near Cape Town, and during his imprisonment his reputation grew as a significant black leader both in South Africa and internationally. Mandela was finally freed after the ban on the ANC was lifted by the apartheid government. Upon his release, Mandela led the ANC in the successful negotiations with President F.W. de Klerk to end apartheid, and was overwhelmingly elected President of South Africa in the first multi-racial elections in 1994, serving until 1999. In 2013, Nelson Mandela died aged 95 and has been mourned around the world as a hero who fought for freedom in South Africa, and as a symbol of resistance for oppressed peoples everywhere.

“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.”

Do not judge me by my success. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
—  Nelson Mandela
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed
—  Nelson Mandela
Nadie nace odiando a otra persona por el color de su piel, o su origen, o su religión. La gente tiene que aprender a odiar, y si ellos pueden aprender a odiar, también se les puede enseñar a amar. El amor llega más naturalmente al corazón humano que su contrario…
—  Nelson Mandela

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”
Frank Herbert

“Until the whole world is free to agree with you or disagree with you, until you have given the freedom to everyone to like you or not like you, to love you or hate you, to see things as you see them or to see things differently—until you have given the whole world its freedom—you’ll never have your freedom.”
Adyashanti

“Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to to change.”
Albert Einstein

“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”
Deepak Chopra

“The truth is you can’t try to let go. Trying is the opposite of letting go. To let go is to relinquish trying. To let go is much more like to let be.”
Adyashanti

“Every act of love raises the vibration of all the energy in the multiverse.”
Anonymous

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”
Winston Churchill

“The biggest embrace of love you’ll ever make is to embrace yourself completely. Then you’ll eralize you’ve just embraced the whole universe, and everything and everybody in it.”
Adyashanti

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”
Nelson Mandela

“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.”
Zig Zilgar

“When you lose touch with your inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world.”
Eckhart Tolle

“If we would only see that all limitations are self-imposed and chosen out of fear, we would leap at once into the arms of grace, no matter how fierce that embrace might be.”
Adyashanti

“Prayer is your speaking to God and meditation is allowing the spirit to speak to you, but it speaks in slicence and it then manifests as intuition.”
Deepak Chopra

“Many Sages have said, “Your world is a dream. You’re living in an illusion.” They’re referring to this world of the mind and the way we believe our thoughts about reality. When we see the world through our thoughts, we stop experiencing life as it really is and others as they really are.”
Adyashanti

“The awakening of consciousness is the next evolutionary step for mankind.”
Eckhart Tolle

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.”
Aldous Huxley

“In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”
Deepak Chopra

“Meditation is not evasion. It is a serene encounter with reality.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.”
Dalai Lama

“All is always well even when it seems unbelievably unwell.”
Adyashanti

“Be careful not to do something permanently stupid because you are temporarily angry, stressed, scared, tired, or hungry.”
Karen Salmansohn

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”
Dolly Parton

“Blinc belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein

“Ideally the ultimate retreat is to retreat from the past and the future to always remain in the present.”
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. it has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”
Adyashanti

“Sometimes surrender means giving up tryin to understand and becoming comfortable with not knowing.”
Eckhart Tolle

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.”
Albert Einstein

“You attract the right things when you have a sense of who you are.”
Amy Poehler

“Whatever you resist you become. If you resist anger, you are always angry. If you resist sadness, you are always sad. If you resist suffering, you are always suffering. If you resist confusion,you are always confused. We think that we resist certain states because they are there, but actually they are there because we resist them.”
Adyashanti

“I cannot tell you any spiritual truth that deep within you don’t know already. All I can do is remind you of what you have forgotten.”
Eckhart Tolle