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Nelson Mandela’s Most Inspiring Quotes

Before his death, Nelson Mandela had already become a larger than life figure for his work ending apartheid in South Africa.

The legend often overshadowed the real Madiba: he was a guy who saw inequality in his world and worked to make it right.

Looking back at over 5 decades of his speeches and writings, we find a man who struggled to balance his duty to his family with his fight for his country, his moral drive to do what’s right with his personal pride.

The Daily Beast posted this Dec. 5, 2013

Madiba inspired people through his speeches and letters, particularly those he wrote during his 18-year imprisonment on Robben Island. Here’s a selection of his most inspiring quotes:

1. “If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man.” (After being convicted to five years hard labor, November 1962)

2. “I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.” (Statement during trial, 1962)

3. “I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.”  (At the opening of his trial, April 20, 1964)

4. “Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  (A letter written on August 1, 1970)

5. “Difficulties break some men but make others.” (From a letter to wife, Winnie Mandela, from Robben Island, February 1975)

6. “I came to accept that I have no right whatsoever to judge others in terms of my own customs.” (From his unpublished autobiographical manuscript, 1975)

7. “Great anger and violence can never build a nation. We are striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.” (Speech to European Parliament, 1990)

8. Without democracy there cannot be peace.” (South Africa, May 9, 1992)

9. We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour.” (March 8, 1993)

10. “When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”  (Interview for Mandela, 1994)

11. “Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.”  (December 16, 1995)

12. “I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

13. “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.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

14. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

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Facts and figures from Nelson Mandela’s life, set to the trailer from ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’

15. “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” (From Long Walk to Freedom, 1995)

16. “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.” (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, April 25, 1998)

17. “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”  (South Africa, July 14, 2000)

18. “When people are determined they can overcome anything.” (Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 14, 2006)

Nelson Mandela est mort ce jeudi à 95 ans. Retour sur une vie de combat pour la liberté et l'égalité.<br /><br /><br /><br />
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Nelson Mandela est mort ce jeudi à 95 ans. Retour sur une vie de combat pour la liberté et l’égalité. >> http://bit.ly/1aDQiVK

Notebooks of Great Creators: Peek Inside Designers’ work

The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory.

Rather than theorizing about it, wouldn’t it be great if we could just lift the lid of a great creative mind and see just how the machinery works?

We can by way of great creators’ private notebooks and sketchbooks, which offer a trip to as close to the creative process as we can get.

After last week’s rare look at Michelangelo’s, here are five cross-disciplinary favorites, spanning everything from street art to field science.

 posted this Dec. 8, 2013:

A Peek Inside the Notebooks of Great Creators, from Architecture to Advertising to Street Art

What Brazil’s favelas have to do with field science and Milton Glaser’s creative process.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Steven Heller is easily today’s most prominent and prolific design critic.

In 2010, he partnered with the SVA’s Lita Talarico on an ambitious project: Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers, which offers a rare glimpse of how today’s most acclaimed designers think and create.

The project features 110 designers, including icons like I ♥ New York logo creator Milton Glaser, Design Observer co-founder Michael Bierut, typography maverick Oded Ezer, the amazing Marian Bantjes, negative space master Noma Bar, 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Amy Franceschini, and my personal favorite, Stefan Sagmeister.

Noma Bar
Stefan Sagmeister
Milton Glaser
Sara Fanelli
Tim Lane
 Paul Cox

Images courtesy of Monacelli Press via Flavorwire

Flip through the goodness here.

STREET ART

In Street Sketchbook: Journeys, Tristan Manco takes a rare peek inside the sketchbooks of 26 of the world’s hottest new graffiti artists.

From Brazil’s iconic favelas to Tokyo’s backalleys, it reveals both globe-trotting adventures and rich internal landscapes in 227 large-format pages and lush double-spreads of pure creative genius.

Full review, with more images, here.

FIELD SCIENCE

I firmly believe science is a creative discipline, so no look at the creative mind is complete without a look at the scientific mind.

Field Notes on Science and Nature offers exactly that thought beautiful reproductions of pages from the journals of the world’s greatest field scientists. Twelve essays by professional naturalists from such diverse disciplines as anthropology, botany, ecology, entomology, and paleontology contextualize the doodles, drawings and marginalia with equal parts infectious curiosity and affectionate enthusiasm.

‘Meriwether Lewis’s journal notes of the Eulachon fish (Thaleichthys pacificus), made on February 24, 1806, while Lewis was near Fort Clatsop, Oregon.’Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society
‘A typical notebook page detailing the thoughts and events of a day doing fieldwork at Olorgesailie, Kenya, with a personal note near the end of the page about the joy of being alone with rocks.’Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Paleontologist, in the essay ‘Linking Researchers Across Generations’
‘Page from a field notebook made in New Guinea on the food webs of aquatic animals known as phytotelmata that live in plant containers, such as tree hollows and bromeliad tanks.’Roger Kitching, Ecologist, in ‘A Reflection of the Truth’
‘Ink and watercolor drawing of a red sea fan (Swiftia sp.)’Jenny Keller, in the essay ‘Why Sketch?’

Kirstin Butler’s full review here.

ADVERTISING

In 2009, creative academics and researchers Glenn Griffin and Deborah Morrison set out to investigate the minds of the advertising industry’s greatest creative thinkers in a series of experiments, analyzing the “process drawings” of these top creative professionals — artwork that answered the deceptively simple question, What does your creative process look like?

The results, illustrated with a Sharpie on what Griffin and Morrison call a “process canvas,” were published in The Creative Process Illustrated: How Advertising’s Big Ideas Are Born — a fascinating glimpse of the routes leading creatives take to finding and catching ideas.

Original review here.

ART

Drawn In: A Peek into the Inspiring Sketchbooks of 44 Fine Artists, Illustrators, Graphic Designers, and Cartoonists is the second gem of a book artist Julia Rothman — a voyeuristic visual journey into how artists doodle, brainstorm and flesh ideas out.

The lavish volume offers a rare glimpse inside the minds and hearts of favorite artists like visual poet Sophie Blackall, happiness-designer Tad Carpenter, nature illustrator Jill Bliss and many more, showcasing stunning full-color images alongside profiles of the artists, who discuss their sketchbooks and how they use them.

The recent full review, complete with more images and an exclusive Q&A with Rothman about the project, here.

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Mental Age Test Quiz: Meant to be purely for fun? As all tests started or were claimed to be?

And the 7 Chakras?

Take the quiz just to recognize the kinds of questions and the different multiple choices…

Information About The Mental Age Test Quiz

Have you ever asked yourself ‘What is my mental age?‘.

You can find out the answer.

We’ll ask you a series of multiple choice questions which you have to answer.

The questions are random and you might see questions that are very similar to ones you have already answered. Don’t worry. That’s all part of the highly technical and scientific testing process.

Please note that we can only accept your first answer and you can’t change your mind.

So you need to make sure you think carefully. We would recommend though that you don’t think too hard. Sometimes your first instinctive reaction is going to be the most accurate.

If you think, you could end up trying to answer ‘young’ or ‘old’ to give a fake result. Just go with the flow and answer as you first think and this will produce the best mental age result.

At the end of the mental age quiz we present you simply with a number which is your mental age. Nothing more. Nothing less. Enjoy and share !

Oh. And if you fancy a quick test, then try the general knowledge quiz

Mindvalley Founder, Vishen Lakhiani, explains why his team published Chakra Healing

Carol Tuttle gives an “in-depth explanation” of how these results may influence your health and life

Note 1: The set of questions were basically pretty of the abstract concepts and I selected only one options to highly agree with. and I didn’t think that I have the option to grade the other options for each question. All my chakras were closed and no number for my mental age was displayed. I love tests: I tend to fail them all

Chakra Test Results for adonis

  • YOUR Foot Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Root Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Sacral Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Personal Power Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Heart Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Throat Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Intuitive Chakra is CLOSED
  • YOUR Crown Chakra is CLOSED

Note 2: The funny part is that all the physical pains and aches that they claimed I must be suffering from are false.

Note 3: I tried one more time, this time the options were more pragmatic with no grading. Just select one of the options. And my mental age increased from zero to 44. I think this test is predictable: next time I’ll set my mind to have the age of 20, no sweat.

Note 4: Now take the test

“The My Mental Age Test consists of 20 statements. Answers are multiple choice.
Your first answer is your final answer. Statements are selected at random.
Nobody will see your answers – so be honest !
 

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