It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. 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.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
In his book Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela, he shares his thoughts on freedom (via cristinaavadanei
Perfection is boring, let’s get weird.
Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
It is one thing to make a mistake, and quite another thing not to admit it. People will forgive mistakes, because mistakes are usually of the mind, mistakes of judgment. But people will not easily forgive the mistakes of the heart, the ill intention, the bad motives, the prideful justifying cover-up of the first mistake.