There’s a lot we can learn from the late, great Nelson Mandela. He has left a lasting legacy of forgiveness and reconciliation.

1. Never abandon hope or give up

“The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.”

2. Learn the art of compromise

“You mustn’t compromise your principles, but you mustn’t humiliate the opposition. No one is more dangerous than one who is humiliated. If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”

3. Violence is not the answer

“We can’t win a war, but we can win an election.”

4. Don’t be put off by difficulties

“It always seems impossible until it is done.”

5. Learn how to forgive

“If there are dreams of a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that lead to that goal. Two of these roads could be named Goodness and Forgiveness.”

6. How kind are you?

“I believe that in the end that it is kindness and accommodation that are all the catalysts for real change.”

7. Bond by sharing experience

“I dream of Africa which is at peace with itself.”

8. Fight discrimination

“I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man.”

9. Draw a line under your past

“We don’t have to be victims of our past, that we can let go of our bitterness, and that all of us can achieve greatness.”

10. An unconquerable spirit

Mandela’s approach to life when he finally retired was,

“Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.”