A quote from former President of South Africa and Freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, is the most liked tweet on Twitter.
Following the Charlottesville, Virginia protest and death of a young para legal which occurred when a White Supremacist drove a car in high speed across a group of protesters, Former US President Barrack Obama tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela which has become the most liked tweet in history with 3.4 million likes and 1.3 million retweets.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
The quote is from Mandela’s book Long Walk to Freedom. A Long Walk to Freedom is an autobiographic work published in 1994 detailing the early life, coming of age, education and 27 years in prison of the late South African leader.
The full quote reads
“No one is born hating another person because of the color 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.”
― Nelson Mandela,
Here are five other quotes from the book:
1. “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
2. “Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”
3. “Without language, one cannot talk to people and understand them; one cannot share their hopes and aspirations, grasp their history, appreciate their poetry, or savor their songs.”
4. “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… Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.”
5. “A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle,and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor.At a point, one can only fight fire with fire”