Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on July 18, 1918. He joined the African National Congress in 1944 and was engaged in resistance against the ruling National Party’s apartheid policies for many years before being arrested in August 1962. Mandela was incarcerated for more than twenty-seven years, during which his reputation as a potent symbol of resistance to the anti-apartheid movement grew steadily. Released from prison in 1990, Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was inaugurated as the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994. Nelson Mandela passed away in December 2013.



  • Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom



Notes to the Future is the definitive book of quotations from one of the great leaders of our time. This collection—gathered from privileged access to Mandela’s vast personal archive of private papers, speeches, correspondence, and audio recordings— features more than three hundred quotations spanning more than sixty years, and includes his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

These inspirational quotations, organized into four sections—Struggle, Victory, Wisdom, and Future—are both universal and deeply personal. We see Mandela’s sense of humor, his loneliness and despair, his thoughts on fatherhood, and the reluctant leader who had no choice but to become the man history demanded.

Notes to the Future book cover

Doug recalls: “What an incredible privilege it was to serve President Mandela and his Foundation with this authorized collection of his most eternal and universal quotes. Working with Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter to select these quotes and to present them for the future felt like a sacred responsibility. We sold, entrusted really, this collection to a wonderful publishing partner, Malaika Adero at Atria.”

“…to select these quotes and to present them for the future felt like a sacred responsibility. “

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