An ode to greatness, Nelson Mandela

“When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice” 


Last year the British Museum held an exhibition  titled “Shakespeare : staging the world” which sought to depict present day London through Shakespeare’s plays. At the end of the exhibition was a solitary case containing the only item from the 20th century.  It is a book of the complete works of Shakespeare that was one of the few volumes available to the inmates of Robben Island. the book was passed around by inmates and each would initial their favourite passages. The book is open to the scene were Caesar declaims that :

” Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. Of all the wonders that i yet have heard, it seems to me most strange men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it comes. ”  

The passage is dated Dec.16, 1977 and the signature beside it reads Nelson Mandela


To a life well lived and a purpose well fulfilled,

Much can be said about the actions of a great man,

And much more can be remembered through his deeds,


References (Newsweek article :Daisy Goodwin August 13,2012)

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