"I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Mandela. His was a life filled with purpose and hope; hope for himself, his country and the world. He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors. What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale. His was a spirit born free, destined to soar above the rainbows. Today his spirit is soaring through the heavens. He is now forever free." - Muhammad Ali’s statement about the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, 05 December 2013 at the age of 95.
"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours…. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness." - Henry David Thoreau.
"While intelligence matters, a high IQ, or talent or any other factor, is not the greatest predictor of success. The number one predictor of a person’s success is their unflagging commitment to a long-term goal… in other words, their grit. The key is to have grit, or determination - the willingness to push through even when the odds are against you. Grit matters more than any other talent or trait. The key to success is grit. Never give up." - Angela Lee Duckworth, Psychologist.