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Goodbye Bafana

“South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.”

This Saturday I watched the movie, “Goodbye Bafana” to have a glimpse of the life of this great man, Mandela. At the age of 44, he was sentenced to life imprisonment for fighting against the apartheid government. I was touched by the scene when he was finally allowed to meet his wife after over twenty years’ imprisonment. Instead of being overjoyed, he looked nervous and hesitant. He said to the guard, “I haven’t touched my wife for twenty-one years.” I wonder how it feels when he fought for a great cause at the expense of his precious family life for almost three decades. His son died in a car accident when he was in prison. His family suffered from political persecution when he was imprisoned. Luckily, he lived a rather long life, long enough to see his dreams fulfilled and create a new era for the people in South Africa. The following is the report from CNN student news.

Go to the website English Central and watch the videos about Mandela.

The following are some of his famous quotes:

– “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.”

– “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling,

but in rising every time we fall.”

– “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many

times I fell down and got back up again.”

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The following blog lists 10 memorable quotes spoken by Mandela. The blogger also wrote about her memory towards him.

Pick one of Mandela’s quotes and translate it into Chinese. Write about what it means to you or how it inspires you?

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