The Nelson Mandela Foundation has launched a new book of 2,000 quotes on everything from prison life to reconciliation to his grief over the ravages of AIDS.
The foundation says the project was born from the thousands of requests received every year from people and organizations across the globe; seeking to verify statements attributed to Mandela, both celebrated and obscure.
In the book titled, “Nelson Mandela by Himself: The Authorized Book of Quotations,” the quotes are grouped into more than 300 alphabetized categories, ranging from “Accountability,” “Courage,” “Democracy” and “Racism” to personal values such as “Optimism” and personal themes like “Mother” and “Childhood”.
Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, was photographed recently reading from a copy of the book given to First Lady Michelle Obama during her visit.
Mandela turned 93 on July 18, and concerns about his health have mounted since his brief hospitalization in January for an acute respiratory infection.