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WISDOMS OF THE LEGENDS

A HMAD D ZIKRAN
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1. Geronimo ____________________________________________ 4
Geronimos Remains Mistery _______________________________ 5
Best Quotes from Geronimo _________________________________ 7
Chapter 2. Abraham Lincoln___________________________________ 10
Best Quotes from Abe _______________________________________ 15
Chapter 3. Bruce Lee ___________________________________________ 20
Best Quotes from Bruce Lee ________________________________ 21
Chapter 4. Mahatma Gandhi ___________________________________ 27
Best Quotes from Gandhi ___________________________________ 28
Chapter 5. Nelson Mandela ____________________________________ 35
Best Quotes from Mandela __________________________________ 36
Chapter 6. Mother Theresa ____________________________________ 44
Best Quotes from Mother Theresa _________________________ 45
Chapter 7. Soekarno ___________________________________________ 52
Best Quotes from Soekarno _________________________________ 53
Chapter 8. Aung San Suu Kyi __________________________________ 57
Best Quotes from Aung San Suu Kyi _______________________ 58
About The Author ______________________________________________ 62
One Last Thing... _____________________________________________ 63
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CHAPTER 1. GERONIMO
Chiricahua Apache. (1829-1909)
Born June 16, 1829, Geronimo was the son of Tablishim
and Juana of the Bedonkohe band of the Apache. Geronimo
was raised according to Apache tradition and lived along the
Gila River in present-day Arizona. Upon coming of age, he
married Alope of the Chiricauhua Apache and the couple had
three children. On March 5, 1858, while he was away on a
trading expedition, Geronimo's camp near Janos was
attacked by 400 Sonoran soldiers led by Colonel Jose Maria
Carrasco. In the fighting, Geronimo's wife, children, and
mother were killed. The incident sparked a life-long hatred of
the white man.
To the Apaches, Geronimo embodied the very essence of
the Apache values, agressiveness, courage in the face of
difficulty. These qualities inspired fear in the settlers of
Arizona and New Mexico. The Chiricahuas were mostly
migratory following the seasons, hunting and farming. When
food was scarce, it was the custom to raid neighboring tribes.
Raids and vengeance were an honorable way of life among
the tribes of this region.
By the time American settlers began arriving in the area,
the Spanish had become entrenched in the area, they were
always looking for Indian slaves and Christian converts. It

was the Spanish who raided and killed Geronimo's young


wife and child and reportedly caused such a hatred of the
whites that he vowed to kill as many as he could.
In 1876, the U.S. Army tried to move the Chiricahuas onto
a reservation, but Geronimo fled to Mexico eluding the troops
for over a decade. Sensationalized press reports exaggerated
Geronimo's activities, making him the most feared and
infamous Apache. The last few months of the campaign
required over 5,000 soldiers and 500 scouts to track down
Geronimo and his band.
Geronimo finally surrendered on the urging of his
followers in September after the Army promised that after a
period of time he would be able to return to Arizona.
Geronimo and his followers were shipped to St. Augustine,
Florida where many died from malaria or tuberculosis.
Geronimo never again saw his beloved Arizona and died a
prisioner many years later on a reservation in Oklahoma.

GERONIMOS REMAINS MISTERY


In 1918, according to legend, members of the secret Skull
and Bones club at Yale (including, allegedly, former
President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush)
dug up Geronimo's grave when a group of Army volunteers
from Ivy League school was stationed at Fort Sill during

World War I. The grave robbers took Geronimo's skull and


some of his bones.
On the 99th anniversary of Geronimo's death a group of
20 of the warrior's decendants sued the U.S. government,
Skull and Bones and Yale in an attempt to rebury their
ancestor's bones near his birthplace.
In 2010 Judge Richard Roberts granted a Justice
Department motion to dismiss the suit. Geronimo's relatives,
he said, failed to establish that the government waived its
right not to be sued. Roberts also dismissed the lawsuit
against Skull and Bones and Yale, saying the plaintiffs cited a
law that applies only to Native American cultural items
excavated or discovered after 1990.
Though Skull and Bones is often known as a Yale
organization, the college has never officially recognized it.
When President George W. Bush was asked on "Meet The
Press" about Skull and Bones he said, "it's so secret we can't
talk about it."
Geronimo's great-grandson Harlyn Geronimo said his
family believes Skull and Bones members took some of the
remains in 1918 from a burial plot in Fort Sill, Okla., to keep
in its New Haven clubhouse, a crypt. The alleged
graverobbing is a longstanding legend that gained some
validity in recent years with the discovery of a letter from a
club member that described the theft.

"I believe strongly from my heart that his spirit was never
released," Harlyn Geronimo said.
Harlyn Geronimo, 61, wants those remains and any held
by the federal government turned over to the family so they
can be reburied near the Indian leader's birthplace in
southern New Mexico's Gila Wilderness.
Their lawsuit also names President Barack Obama,
Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Army Secretary Pete
Geren as defendants.
"I want them to understand we mean business," said
Harlyn Geronimo, who lives in New Mexico. "We're very
serious. We're tired of waiting and we're coming after them."
Neither members of Skull and Bones, who closely guard
their secrecy, nor the Russell Trust Association, the
organization's business arm for tax purposes, could not be
reached for comment.

BEST QUOTES FROM GERONIMO


The soldiers never explained to the government when
an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of
the Indians.
I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and
sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes.

I was living peaceably when people began to speak bad


of me.
Now I can eat well, sleep well and be glad. I can go
everywhere with a good feeling.
The soldiers never explained to the government when
an Indian was wronged, but reported the misdeeds of
the Indians.
We took an oath not to do any wrong to each other or
to scheme against each other.
I cannot think that we are useless or God would not
have created us.
When a child, my mother taught me to kneel and pray
to Usen for strength, health, wisdom and protection.
Sometimes we prayed in silence, sometimes each one
prayed aloud; sometimes an aged person prayed for all
of us... and to Usen.
I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I
was born where there were no enclosures.

I cannot think that we are useless or God would not


have created us. There is one God looking down on us
all. We are all the children of one God. The sun, the
darkness, the winds are all listening to what we have to
say.
I was no chief and never had been, but because I had
been more deeply wronged than others, this honor was
conferred upon me, and I resolved to prove worthy of
the trust.
While living I want to live well.

CHAPTER 2. ABRAHAM LINCOLN


Abraham Lincoln (Abe) was born Sunday, February 12,
1809, in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was the son
of Thomas and Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and he was named for his
paternal grandfather. Thomas Lincoln was a carpenter and
farmer. Both of Abraham's parents were members of a Baptist
congregation which had separated from another church due to
opposition to slavery.
When Abraham was seven, the family moved to southern
Indiana. Abraham had gone to school briefly in Kentucky and
did so again in Indiana. He attended school with his older sister,
Sarah (his younger brother, Thomas, had died in infancy). In
1818 Nancy Hanks Lincoln died from milk sickness, a disease
obtained from drinking the milk of cows which had grazed on
poisonous white snakeroot. Thomas Lincoln remarried the next
year, and Abraham loved his new stepmother, Sarah Bush
Johnston Lincoln. She brought three children of her own into the
household. Abraham attended school at irregular intervals. In all
he spent less than 12 months going to school, and he didn't
attend college at all.
As Abraham grew up, he loved to read and preferred learning
to working in the fields. This led to a difficult relationship with
his father who was just the opposite. Abraham was constantly
borrowing books from the neighbors.

In 1828 Abraham's sister, who had married Aaron Grigsby in


1826, died during childbirth. Later in the year, Abraham made a
flatboat trip to New Orleans. In 1830 the Lincolns moved west to
Illinois.
The next year Lincoln made a second flatboat trip to New
Orleans. Afterwards he moved to New Salem, Illinois, where he
lived until 1837. While there he worked at several jobs including
operating a store, surveying, and serving as postmaster. He
impressed the residents with his character, wrestled the town
bully, and earned the nickname "Honest Abe." Lincoln, who
stood nearly 6-4 and weighed about 180 pounds, saw brief
service in the Black Hawk War, and he made an unsuccessful
run for the Illinois legislature in 1832. He ran again in 1834,
1836, 1838, and 1840, and he won all four times. Lincoln was a
member of the Whig Party; he remained a Whig until 1856 when
he became a Republican. Additionally, he studied law in his
spare time and became a lawyer in 1836. Stories that Lincoln had
a romance with a pretty girl named Ann Rutledge may well be
true. Sadly, Ann died in 1835.
In Springfield in 1839 Lincoln met Mary Todd. Three years
later they were married and over the next 11 years had four
children: Robert (1843-1926), Edward ("Eddie") 1846-1850,
William ("Willie") 1850-1862, and Thomas ("Tad") 1853-1871.
Lincoln became a successful attorney, and the family bought a
home at the corner of Eighth and Jackson in 1844.

In 1846 Lincoln ran for the United States House of


Representatives and won. While in Washington he became
known for his opposition to the Mexican War and to slavery. He
returned home after his term and resumed his law practice more
seriously than ever. Early in 1851 Lincoln's father died.
Lincoln's declining interest in politics was renewed by the
passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854. He made an
unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate but received some support
for the Republican vice-presidential nomination in 1856. Also, in
1856 Lincoln gave his Lost Speech. He opposed the Dred Scott
decision in 1857 and gave his famous "House Divided" Speech
on June 16, 1858. Additionally, he engaged in a series of debates
with Stephen A. Douglas in 1858. Lincoln was against the spread
of slavery into the territories but was not an abolitionist. Douglas
won the Senatorial race, but Lincoln gained national recognition.
In 1860 he furthered his national reputation with a successful
speech at the Cooper Institute in New York.
Although William Seward was the pre-convention favorite
for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860, Lincoln won
on the third ballot. With Hannibal Hamlin as his running mate,
Lincoln was elected the 16th president on November 6, 1860,
defeating Douglas, John Bell, and John C. Breckinridge.
In February of 1861 the Lincolns left by train for
Washington, D.C. The president-elect was now wearing a beard
at the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl. Lincoln was sworn in on
March 4, 1861.

After Lincoln's election, many Southern states, fearing


Republican control in the government, seceded from the Union.
Lincoln faced the greatest internal crisis of any U.S. president.
After the fall of Ft. Sumter, Lincoln raised an army and decided
to fight to save the Union from falling apart. Initially, Lincoln
anticipated a short conflict; he called for 75,000 volunteers to
serve for three months. Despite enormous pressures, loss of life,
battlefield setbacks, bickering among his Cabinet members,
generals who weren't ready to fight, assassination threats, etc.,
Lincoln stuck with this pro-Union policy for four long years of
Civil War. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation
went into effect. This was Lincoln's declaration of freedom for
all slaves in the areas of the Confederacy not under Union
control. Also, on November 19, 1863, Lincoln gave his famous
Gettysburg Address which dedicated the battlefield there to the
soldiers who had perished. He called on the living to finish the
task the dead soldiers had begun.
Lincoln's domestic policies included support for the
Homestead Act. This act allowed poor people in the East to
obtain land in the West. Also, Lincoln signed legislation entitled
the National Banking Act which established a national currency
and provided for the creation of a network of national banks. In
addition, he signed tariff legislation that offered protection to
American industry and signed a bill that chartered the first
transcontinental railroad. Lincoln's foreign policy was geared
toward preventing foreign intervention in the Civil War.

In 1864 Ulysses S. Grant was named general-in-chief of the


armies of the United States. The South was slowly being worn
down. Lincoln was reelected president with Andrew Johnson as
his running mate. Lincoln defeated the Democrat George
McClellan on November 8, 1864. On April 9, 1865, General
Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant. Two days later Lincoln
addressed a crowd outside the White House. Among other
things, he suggested he would support voting rights for certain
blacks. This infuriated a racist and Southern sympathizer who
was in the audience: the actor John Wilkes Booth who hated
everything the president stood for.
On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, the Lincolns attended a play
entitled Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre. During the
performance Booth arrived at the theater, entered the State Box
from the rear, and shot the president in the back of his head at
about 10:15 P.M. Lincoln was carried across the street to the
Petersen House where he passed away the next day at 7:22 A.M.
This was the first presidential assassination in American history,
and the nation mourned its leader. His death was the result of the
deep divisions and hatreds of the times. Lincoln's body was
taken to Springfield by train, and he was buried in the Lincoln
Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery on May 4, 1865. Because of the
assassination, Reconstruction took place without Lincoln's
guidance and leadership.

BEST QUOTES FROM ABE

Nearly All men can stand adversity, but if you want


to test a man's character, give him power.

The surest way to reveal ones character is not


through adversity but by giving them power.

As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.


This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever
differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no
democracy.

No man is good enough to govern another man


without that others consent.

We shall sooner have the bird by hatching the egg


than by smashing it.

If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in


constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to


succeed is more important than any other one thing.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the


things left by those who hustle.

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as


well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter,
and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any
resolution, and will regret it all your life.

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but


whether you are content with your failure.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to


speak out and remove all doubt.

The best thing about the future is that it only comes


one day at a time.

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but


whether you are content with your failure.

I dont think much of a man who is not wiser today


than he was yesterday.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought


not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe
to be just.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will


spend the first four sharpening the axe.

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that


others can achieve it as well.

I dont think much of a man who is not wiser today


than he was yesterday.

If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in


constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.

And in the end, its not the years in your life that
count. Its the life in your years.

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the


attacks made on me, this shop might as well be
closed for any other business. I do the very best.I
know how the very best I can; and I mean to keep
doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all
right, whats said against me wont amount to
anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels
swearing I was right would make no difference.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If


we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we
destroyed ourselves.

Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done


today.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their


minds to be.

Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as


well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter,
and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any
resolution, and will regret it all your life.

Success is going from failure to failure without losing


your enthusiasm.

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will


spend the first four sharpening the axe.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought


not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe
to be just.

Whatever you are, be a good one.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the


things left by those who hustle.

And in the end, its not the years in your life that
count. Its the life in your years .

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side;


my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is
always right.

You can fool all the people some of the time, and
some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool
all the people all the time.

CHAPTER 3. BRUCE LEE


The Chinese American actor Bruce Lee, was born in San
Francisco on November 27, 1940. Born a sickly child, he was
named Li Jun Fan a female name by his mother to ward off
evil spirits. His dad an Hong Kong opera singer returned back
to Hong Kong along with his family in 1941.

As a kid martial arts and bodybuilding were his only


preoccupation, studies didnt interest him. In 1946 he
appeared in first of many films as a child actor. He
appeared in 20 movies and rarely in school. He soon
became involved with a gang and his mother shipped him
back to America before his 18th birthday so he could claim
his dual-citizenship and avoid winding up in jail.
He soon picked up a job teaching the Wing Chun style
of martial arts that he had learned in Hong Kong. Lee also
studied philosophy at the University of Washington, at the
same time acquiring his considerable skills in the martial
arts like karate, kung-fu, and so on. Shortly after, Lee
landed his first US show-biz role -- Kato in The Green
Hornet, A 1966-67 TV superhero drama from the creators
of Batman. However, Lee could not get Hollywood to

embrace him and hence returned to Hong Kong to make


films.
He made the Fists of Fury (1971), his martial arts debut.
Almost immediately, he became a cult figure, and the
world-wide martial arts phenomenon was under way. The
plots of all films he made were uniform: Lee makes a vow
not to fight; people close to Lee are exploited and Lee kills
in retaliation. The films set box-office records in Asia and
Hollywood finally gave him an action movie. But Lee died
a month before the release of his first US film Enter the
Dragon, considered the king of KungFu movies. During
the filming of Game of Death Lee died mysteriously of
brain edema.

BEST QUOTES FROM BRUCE LEE


If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is
made up of.
Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while
the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Be yourself.
Learning is constant process without end.

I am not teaching you anything. I just help you explore


yourself.
Simplicity is the key to brilliance.
Knowing is not enough, you must apply.willing is not
enough you must do.
Be happy, but never satisfied.
Empty your cup so that it may be filled (become devoid to
gain totality).
Efficiency, directness, simplicity.
If i tell you i'm good, probably you would say i am
boasting. But if i tell you i'm no good, you know i'm lying.
Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at
distance,but to do what
lies clearly at hand.
Mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to
admit them.
I create opportunities.

If you don't want to slip up tomorrow,speak the truth


today.
Never take your eyes off your opponent ,even when you're
bowing!
Be practical dreamer backed by action.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, is often serves
simply as something to aim at.
It is easy to teach one to be skillfull, but it is difficult to
teach him his own attitude.
Be a water.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10.000 kicks
once,but i fear the man who had practiced one kick 10.000
times.
To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner.to waste
time is to expend it thoughtlessy or carelessly.
To know oneself,is study oneself in action with another
person.

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.


Use only that which works,and take it from any place you
can find it.
If you spend too much time thinking about thing,you 'll
never get it down.
Never waste energy on worries or negative thoughts.
Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.
Be like a mirror.
You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help.
Defeat is not defeat,unless accepted as a reality-in your
own mind.
A good fight should be like a small play,but played
seriously.
The change is from inner to outer.we start by dissolving
our attitude not by altering outer condition.

Action is high road to self-confidence and esteem.


There are no limit.
Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will
never seek the light.
When you get into fight,everybody reacts differently.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a
fool can learn from a wise answer.
Knowledge will hive you power, but character, respect.
The "moment" has no yesterday or tomorrow.it is not the
result of thought and therefore has no time.
Do not pray for an easy life,pray for the strength to endure
a difficult one.
Knowing is not enough, you must apply, willing is
not enough, you must do.
Dont fear failure.
Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for
expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a
quality human being is the sincere and honest
development of one's potential.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always
more important than any established style or system.
To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another
person.

CHAPTER 4. MAHATMA GANDHI


Gandhi's full name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
He was born on October 2, 1869 in a town called
Poxbandar, Gujarat. He was the architect of India's freedom
and one of the greatest men of this century. Mahatma
Gandhi's life was dedicated to the ideals of truth, nonviolence and love.
Gandhi was known for his commitment to total
nonviolence as the cornerstone of civil disobedience. He
was known for inspiring such monumental leaders like
Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, and even President
Barack

Obama.

But

perhaps

Indias

Mohandas

Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, is


remembered best for his commitment to truth and
simplicity in how he lived his lifecharacteristics
emulated even now by people across the world.
Gandhi, or Bapu (father), was a Hindu devotee who
dedicated his life to satya, or the pursuit of truth. He
believed

that

love,

respect,

and

truth

were

the

underpinnings of all religions and the basic foundation for a


moral life. As he famously once said when asked if he was
a Hindu, Yes I am. I am also a Christian, a Muslim, a

Buddhist and a Jew. With the indomitable spirit of Gandhi


in mind, weve chosen some of his most inspiring quotes
from our own virtual library to share with you. Click
through our Gandhi quotes gallery to find your own
inspiration for simple, truthful, and peaceful living.

BEST QUOTES FROM GANDHI


Satisfaction lies in the effort, not the outcome. Trying hard
is the ultimate victory.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were
to live forever.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better
than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

Action expresses priorities.


Happiness is if what you think, what you say, and what
you do are in harmony.

A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks,


he becomes.
We should maintain the change we wish to see in the
world.
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have
committed suicide.
Love never claims, it ever gives; love never suffers, never
resents, never revenges itself. Where there is love there is
life; hatred leads to destruction.

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily


admission of ones weakness. It is better in prayer to have
a heart without words than words without a heart.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then


they fight you, then you win.

You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an


ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean
does not become dirty.

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and


what you do are in harmony.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but


today it means getting along with people.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an


unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the
course of history.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the


service of others.

Action expresses priorities.

You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even
destroy this body, but you will never imprison my
mind.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It


comes from an indomitable will.

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

Man can never be a womans equal in the spirit of


selfless service with which nature has endowed her.

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still


small voice within me. And even though I have to
face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly
believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless
minority.

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is


better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

To believe in something, and not to live it, is


dishonest.

The difference between what we do and what we are


capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the
worlds problem.

Increase of material comforts, it may be generally


laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce
to moral growth.

Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.

It is the quality of our work which will please God


and not the quantity.

Fear has its use but cowardice has none.

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal


of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.

Common sense is the realised sense of proportion.

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living


and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply

his daily wants. Mans happiness really lies in


contentment.

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to


him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then
starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the
dweller in the body.

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither


the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and
possessions pale into nothingness before service
which is rendered in a spirit of joy.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you


were to live forever.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote


freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how
human beings, be they ever so experienced and able,
can delight in depriving other human beings of that
precious right.

There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and


one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to
worry about anything whatsoever.

Those who know how to think need no teachers.

CHAPTER 5. NELSON MANDELA


Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected
president of South Africa and a Noble Peace Prize
laureate, died on December 5, 2013 aged 95. Mandela spent
27 years in jail for his struggle against South Africa's
system of racial segregation known as apartheid. Freed
from prison in 1990, he became president four years later,
and left office after serving only one term, a rare gesture in
African politics.
The internationally beloved statesman had an impressive
way with words. One of his most famous quotes comes
from a defiant speech he made in court during his Rivonia
treason trial in 1964, in which he said:
I have fought against white domination, and I have
fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal
of a democratic and free society in which all persons live
together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an
ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But, if need
be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
Apart from his Rivonia trial speech, Mandela leaves
behind many memorable and wise quotes made throughout
his life. Despite his passing, he continues to speak to the

world through Twitter users, who have reacted to news of


his death by sharing his words.

BEST QUOTES FROM MANDELA

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can


use to change the world.

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.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable


combination.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front,


especially when you celebrate victory when nice things
occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then
people will appreciate your leadership.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that


goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that
goes to his heart.

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.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to


work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in


settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable
of living.

It always seems impossible until its done.

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many


of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow
of death again and again before we reach the
mountaintop of our desires.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are
many more hills to climb.

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than


the way in which it treats its children.

In my country we go to prison first and then become


President.

We must use time wisely and forever realize that the


time is always ripe to do right.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this


beautiful land will again experience the oppression of
one by another.

I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing,


whether it comes from a black man or a white man.

If the United States of America or Britain is having


elections, they don't ask for observers from Africa or
from Asia. But when we have elections, they want
observers.

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.

Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains


unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have
altered.

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they
had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or
the endurance or the commitment?

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a


human achievement.

If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there


are also roads that lead to their goal. Two of these roads
could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how


many times I fell down and got back up again.

I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a


sinner who keeps on trying.

Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of


strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.

If they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,


for love comes more naturally to the human heart
than its opposite.

No one is born hating.

Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the


sake of peace.

You will achieve more in this world through acts of


mercy than you will through acts of retribution.

Sport can awaken hope where there was previously


only despair.

Lead from the back and let others believe they


are in front.

It always seem impossible until it's done.

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,


but he who conquers that fear.

Honour belongs to those who never forsake the


truth, even when things seem dark and grim.

For to be free is not to merely cast off one's chains,


but to live in a way that respects and enhances the
freedom of others.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you


can use to change the world.

It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one


has been inside its jails.

When a man has done what he considers to be his


duty to his people & his country, he can rest in
peace.

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that


comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of
being optimistic is keeping ones head pointed
toward the sun, ones feet moving forward. There

were many dark moments when my faith in


humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and
could not give myself up to despair. That way lays
defeat and death.

No, no, no, everything is all right. I have regular


medical check-ups and they say I wont die this
week.

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the


flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead,
whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all
along they are being directed from behind.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in


front, especially when you celebrate victory when
nice things occur. You take the front line when
there is danger. Then people will appreciate your
leadership.

It can be said that there are four basic and primary


things that the mass of people in a society wish for:
to live in a safe environment, to be able to work and
provide for themselves, to have access to good

public health and to have sound educational


opportunities for their children.

A critical, independent and investigative press is the


lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free
from state interference. It must have the economic
strength to stand up to the blandishments of
government officials. It must have sufficient
independence from vested interests to be bold and
inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the
protection of the constitution, so that it can protect
our rights as citizens.

For to be free is not merely to cast off ones chains,


but to live in a way that respects and enhances the
freedom of others.

No one is born hating another person because of the


color 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.

CHAPTER 6. MOTHER THERESA


Mother Teresa was born in Uskub, Ottoman Empire on
August 26, 1910. This city is now called Skopje and is the
capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Her birth name was Agnes
Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her father died when she was eight and she
was raised by her mother. She was raised as a Roman Catholic
and decided to devote her life to God at a young age. She joined
the Sisters of Loreto at the age of 18 to become a missionary to
India. She first had to learn English. So she went to Ireland to
learn English at the Loreto Abby.
A year later she started her missionary work in Darjeeling,
India. She learned the local language, Bengali, and taught at the
local school. She soon took her first vows as a nun and took the
name Teresa. She would teach for many years in India becoming
the headmistress at a school in eastern Calcutta.
When she was 36 years old she felt the call from God to help
the poor of India. She received some basic medical training and
then set out to help the sick and needy. This wasn't an easy task
in 1948 India. She had very little support and, while trying to
feed and help the poorest of the poor, she herself was constantly
hungry and even had to beg for food.
Soon other women joined her and she formed the
Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa described the purpose of
the Missionaries of Charity as an organization to take care of

"the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the
lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for
throughout society, people that have become a burden to the
society and are shunned by everyone". Wow! She had some lofty
goals and considering where she was at the start (see above
paragraph where she was starving), she accomplished some
amazing things. The Missionaries of Charity originally had 13
members. Today they have over 4,000 nuns who care for people
just like Mother Teresa described all over the world.
It wasn't an easy task to build such an organization and to
keep the focus on the poorest people. She worked almost up until
her death on September 5, 1997.

BEST QUOTES FROM MOTHER THERESA


The fruit of SILENCE is prayer.
The fruit of PRAYER is faith.
The fruit of FAITH is love.
The fruit of LOVE is service.
The fruit of SERVICE is peace.

Peace begins with a smile...

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of


love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

The person who gives with a smile is the best giver


because God loves a cheerful giver.

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with


a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each
other, make time for each other in your family.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the


smile is the beginning of love.

Smile at each other. Smile at your wife, smile at


your husband, smile at your children, smile a t each
other- it doesnt matter who it is- and that will help
to grow up in greater love for each other.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it
hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.

The hunger for love is much more difficult to


remove than the hunger for bread.
Its not how much we give but how much love we
put into giving.

At the end of life we will not be judged by how


many diplomas we have received, how much money

we have made, how many great things we have done.


We will be judged by I was hungry, and you gave
me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed
me. I was homeless, and you took me in.
Im a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who
is sending a love letter to the world.

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home


and love your family.

Love to be real, it must costit must hurtit must


empty us of self.

Go out into the world today and love the people you
meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts
of people.
I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a
stone across the waters to create many ripples.

We know only too well that what we are doing is


nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the
drop were not there, the ocean would be missing
something.

A life not lived for others is not a life.

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I


cannot; together we can do great things.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing


the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so
much, for so long, with so little, we are now
qualified to do anything with nothing.
Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things
pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that
you try
I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then
there is no hurt, but only more love.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just
wish that He didn't trust me so much.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that


we belong to each other.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be
jealous. Be happy anyway.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy
to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to
relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of
someone unloved in our home. Bring love into your home
for this is where our love for each other must start.
It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into
giving.
Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of
love by which you can catch souls.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their
echoes are truly endless.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and


happier.
The good you do today, people will often forget
tomorrow; Do good anyway.
The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of
being unloved.
There are many in the world dying for a piece of bread,
but there are many more dying for a little love.
We can do no great things; only small things with great
love.
What we do is less than a drop in the ocean. But if it were
missing, the ocean would lack something.
Whether one is Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian, how
you live your life is proof that you are or not fully His. We
cannot condemn or judge or pass words that will hurt
people. We don't know in what way God is appearing to
that soul and what God is drawing that soul to; therefor,
who are we to condemn anybody?

Please choose the way of peace. ... In the short term there
may be winners and losers in this war that we all dread.
But that never can, nor never will justify the suffering,
pain and loss of life your weapons will cause.

CHAPTER 7. SOEKARNO
Soekarno (or Soekarno), was born as Kusno Sosrodihardjo (6
June 1901 21 June 1970). He was the first President of
Indonesia (from 1945 to 1967). Soekarno was the leader of
Indonesias struggle for independence from the Netherlands.
Indonesians also remember him as Bung Karno or Pak Karno.
Like many old Javanese people, he had only one name. In
religious contexts, he was occasionally referred to as Achmed
Soekarno. In some other occasions, he referred as Soekarno
Soekarno. The name Soekarno means Good Karna in
Javanese.
Indonesian President first that hold the office of in the period
1945 - 1966. He played the role important to liberate the
Indonesian nation from the Dutch colonisation. He was the
conceptor of Pancasila (The Five Principles) as Indonesians life
guide. He was the Proclaimer of Indonesian Independence (was
with Mohammad Hatta) that happened on August 17 1945. He
published the Letter Of Instruction on March 11 1966
Supersemar that was controversial that, that it seems, including
his contents was assigned Lieutenant General Soeharto to pacify
and maintain his authority. But this Supersemar was misused by
Lieutenant General Soeharto to undermine his authority with the
road to accuse him of taking part in masterminding the
Movement on September 30. The charges caused People's
Consultative Assembly Sementara that his member was replaced

with the person who for Soeharto, shifted the presidency to


Soeharto

BEST QUOTES FROM SOEKARNO


Reach your ambition as high as the skies! Dream it as high

as the skies! Because if you're fell, you're gonna fall


among of the stars!!
Independence can only be obtained and secured by a

nation that has its spirit raging with determination:


"Freedom or Death"!
When the nation has been able to maintain his country

with own blood, the flesh itself, when the nation is


has been ripe for independence. If our nation, Indonesia,
although with spiked bamboos, brothers, all ready dead
defend our motherland Indonesia, when the nation
is ready, ripe for independence.
Do we want our national sovereignity taken by

capitalist? Or we want our people are prosperous eat


enough, enough clothes, living in welfare?
In my political outlook, I'm nationalist! In my social

outlook, I'm socialist! In my religious outlook, I'm

completely theist! That I am! I'm not a communist, not at


all satellite of any other "-ism" in the world! I'm just proIndonesia! I'll fight and work and sacrifice myself for this
Indonesian people, this Indonesian fatherland of mine!!

It was nationalism that Indonesia was established! Not the

Javanese nationality, not the Sumatran nationality, not the


Bornean nationality, Sulawesi, Bali or other, but the
Indonesian nationality, that together became the
foundation of one nationale staat (nation-state).
If, for example, one day Ki Bagoes Hadikoesoemo became

the Indonesian Head of State, and dies, won't his child be


(his replacement)? Then because of that I do not adhere to
the principle of monarchism.
This country, the Republic of Indonesia, does not belong

to any group, nor to any religion, nor to any ethnic group,


nor to any group with customs and traditions, but the
property of all of us from Sabang to Merauke!
They, OLDEFO (Old Established Forces), do

l'exploitation de l'homme par 'homme (the exploitation of


man by man)!! Don't let them live!! So that there's no
colonialism anymore in the world!!

Conquer the thousands of man may not be called a winner,

but be able to conquer yourself is called a brilliant


conqueror!
Learning without thinking is useless, but thinking without

learning is very dangerous!


Do good to another man, even tho they don't do good to

you, you certainly will also get goodness from another


man! if a shame and fear is still there in on one's heart to
do goodness, then the guarantee to him is there's no one
progress at all!
A thousand of old man are just able to dream, but a young

man is able to change the world!


We liberate our nation's heart inside of Indonesian

independence!! Ibn Saud liberated Arabian's heart inside


of Saudi Arabian independence one by one!! Stalin
liberated Soviet-Russian's heart inside of Soviet one by
one!!
Rose never propagandize its fragrant, but its own

fragrance spreads and surrounding.

Don't ever forget the history!It will make and change who

we are!
People is the result of history," the makers of history!

CHAPTER 8. AUNG SAN SUU KYI


Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 as the daughter
of national leader General Aung San (assassinated July 19, 1947)
and Daw Khin Kyi. She was educated in Rangoon, Burma until
she was 15 years old. In 1960 she accompanied her mother to
Delhi, India on her appointment as Burmese ambassador to India
and Nepal. Kyi studied politics at Delhi University. She earned a
BA in philosophy, politics and economics from St. Hughs
College, Oxford University. She worked abroad for the next
several years during which time she was married to Dr. Michael
Aris and had two children.
In 1988, while visiting Burma to take care of her sick mother,
Aung San Suu Kyi joined the pro-democracy movement which
was pressing for political reforms in Burma. On August 26, she
addressed a half-million mass rally in front of the famous
Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon and called for a democratic
government.
Later, the military government arrested her and detained her
for almost six years. She was released on July 10, 1995. During
her detention she was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. She
established a health and education trust in support of the
Burmese people to use the $1.3 million prize money.
Although currently under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi
continues to work for democracy and freedom in Burma.

BEST QUOTES FROM AUNG SAN SUU KYI


Sometimes I think that a parody of democracy could be
more dangerous than a blatant dictatorship, because that
gives people an opportunity to avoid doing anything about
it.
Human beings the world over need freedom and security
that they may be able to realize their full potential.
The root of a nation's misfortunes has to be sought in the
moral failings of the government.
The good ruler sublimates his needs as an individual to the
service of the nation.
While a private individual may be bound only by the
formal vows that he makes, those who govern should be
wholly bound by the truth in thought, word and deed.
It is undeniably easier to ignore the hardships of those
who are too weak to demand their rights than to respond
sensitively to their needs. To care is to accept
responsibility, to dare to act in accordance with the dictum
that the ruler is the strength of the helpless.

The royal duty of non-opposition is a reminder that the


legitimacy of government is founded on the consent of the
people, who may withdraw their mandate at any time if
they lose confidence in the ability of the ruler to serve
their best interests.
It is a strong argument for democracy that governments
regulated by principles of accountability, respect for
public opinion and the supremacy of just laws are more
likely than an all-powerful ruler or ruling class,
uninhibited by the need to honour the will of the people, to
observe the traditional duties of Buddhist kingship.
Traditional values serve both to justify and to decipher
popular expectations of democratic government.
Each man has in him the potential to realize the truth
through his own will and endeavour and to help others to
realize it. Human life therefore is infinitely precious.
But despotic governments do not recognize the precious
human component of the state, seeing its citizens only as a
faceless, mindless - and helpless - mass to be manipulated
at will. It is as though people were incidental to a nation
rather than its very life-blood. Patriotism, which should be
the vital love and care of a people for their land, is
debased into a smokescreen of hysteria to hide the

injustices of authoritarian rulers who define the interests of


the state in terms of their own limited interests.
Weak logic, inconsistencies and alienation from the people
are common features of authoritarianism. The relentless
attempts of totalitarian regimes to prevent free thought and
new ideas and the persistent assertion of their own
lightness bring on them an intellectual stasis which they
project on to the nation at large. Intimidation and
propaganda work in a duet of oppression, while the
people, lapped in fear and distrust, learn to dissemble and
to keep silent. And all the time the desire grows for a
system which will lift them from the position of 'riceeating robots' to the status of human beings who can think
and speak freely and hold their heads high in the security
of their rights.
Hope and optimism are irrepressible but there is a deep
underlying premonition that the opposition to change is
likely to be vicious. Often the anxious question is asked:
will such an oppressive regime really give us democracy?
And the answer has to be: democracy, like liberty, justice
and other social and political rights, is not 'given', it is
earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice.

The true measure of the justice of a system is the amount


of protection it guarantees to the weakest.
Where there is no justice there can be no secure peace.
Humor is one of the best ingredients of survival.
Freedom and democracy are dreams you never give up.
By helping others, you will learn how to help yourselves.
There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk.
To be forgotten, is to die a little.
I've always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But
it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny.
For me, 'revolution' simply means radical change.
All repressive laws must be revoked, and laws introduced
to protect the rights of the people.
I am prepared to talk with anyone. I have no personal
grudge toward anybody.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Ahmed Dzekran is an architect, web
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