The world not so long ago mourned the death of South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and Nobel prize winner Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Mandela was famously sentenced to life in prison before becoming the first black president of South Africa. Following his death, the world was sad after losing such a peace icon. However, it would have been his birthday this week so many are celebrating the life of Mandela.Who was Nelson Mandela? Here is a slight insight into Mandela.

The law graduate always stressed the importance of education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Everyone fails at some point in their life but Mandela always believed in getting back up

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” 

Mandela always lived his life to the full and achieved all his dreams

“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.” 

Mandela who spent 27 years in prison always remained an optimist

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward."

Mandela made history in many ways and about never being daunted by the impossible

“It always seems impossible until it's done.”

Despite the many tribulations that came his way, Mandela was always keen to spread love 

“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.”

It is clear no one is perfect

“I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” 

Mandela never stopped in his quest for equality for all

"I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”