As the world celebrates his 95th birthday, Nelson Mandela, the beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner, seems to be rallying in a Pretoria hospital where he has been for over a month. While still in critical but stable condition, Mandela is making “remarkable progress,” according to a television interview with his daughter Zindzi, which makes this birthday a particularly poignant celebration of Mandela’s life.
So in honor of the man who led South Africa out of apartheid and set an example for the world to peacefully take action against injustice, BIO.com asked artist Ashish Patel to create a moving portrait using some of Mandela’s inspiring words to live by.
Read the quotes that appear in the portrait:
“The most powerful weapon is not violence, but it is talking to people.”
“The time for healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasm that divides us has come. The time to build is upon us.”
“Our march to freedom is irreversible. We must not allow fear to stand in our way.”
“If there is one lesson we can learn from the struggle against racism, in our country as well as yours, it is that racism must be consciously combatted and not discreetly tolerated.”
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it…The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”