World mourns the passing away of Nelson Mandela

Published: 07 December, 2013 08:46 IST | A Correspondent |

Celebrities from all across the globe shared their thought on the anti-apartheid icon. We compiled a few

@ When I met Mr Mandela it was one of the most memorable days of my life. A truly inspirational human being. He will live on in my heart forever. R.I.P.
- Sachin Tendulkar @sachin_rt

@ I will never forget my friend Madiba.
- Bill Clinton, @billclinton

@ In an age where just about everybody is hailed as an ‘icon’, we’ve just lost one. And this is how awful it feels. #Mandela.
- Rahul Bose, @RahulBose1

@ RIP Nelson Mandela…Some people should not die…for the sake of the lack of goodness left in this world…
- Shah Rukh Khan, @iamsrk

@ We shared the same b’day. Always thought in a weird way bcos of that I too cud be great. Nelson Mandela. The definition of greatness. RIP Madiba.
- Priyanka Chopra, @priyankachopra

@ Pop & I felt your aura when we met, I feel it today & I will feel it forever. You have done so much for humanity. You will always be in my heart Mr. Mandela.
- Tiger Woods, @TigerWoods

@ One of the greatest human beings ever. May your soul rest in peace. The world’s greatest fighter. Just here thinking that Mr. Mandela in prison for 27 years is how long I’ve been alive. Words are inadequate to describe this man.
- Usain St. Leo Bolt, @usainbolt

@ Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, you have been a role model to the world. My most sincere condolences to family and friends.
- Rafael Nadal, @RafaelNadal

@ Nelson Mandela - a giant of a man; of will, belief and perseverance, passes away. But leaves behind a legacy of fight for right. I had the greatest honor to meet and spend time with him on two occasions! His humility his greatest asset, among countless other!
- Amitabh Bachchan, @SrBachchan

@ Nelson Mandela led one of the most impactful lives of our time. Meeting him helped me to understand life is full of ups and downs. But how you recover from the downs and how you can help people no matter what race or background by your choices and decisions... One life - Nelson Mandela’s life changed many.
- Serena Williams, @serenawilliams

@ Thank you Sir, for teaching us the very essence of humanity. #father #teacher #brother #leader #rip With all my love.
- Boris Becker, @TheBorisBecker

@ Never met a better person in my life than Nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country.
- Samuel L. Jackson, @SamuelLJackson

@ Nelson Mandela was a champion for justice & human dignity, with unmatched grace. I'll remember him as Madiba, truly an unconquerable soul.
- Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton

@ Every time Melinda and I met Nelson Mandela, we left more inspired than ever. His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day.
- Bill Gates, @BillGates

@ Our nation has lost his greatest son. Our people have lost a father.
- SA President Jacob Zuma

@ A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I've asked for the flag at No10 to be flown at half-mast.
David Cameron @David_Cameron

# Mandela did move me a lot during his stay in jail, when he was fighting against racism. I remember having a huge poster of him in my room. He fought against race and class and similarly in India, we too are fighting caste and class.
- Anand Patwardhan, activist and documentary filmmaker

# There is no doubt that Nelson Mandela is the man of the century. He certainly made the world more beautiful.
-Anil Kapoor

# He has inspired me since childhood. During my formative years as an activist, he was in jail fighting against racism. His non-violent methods showed me the way ahead - how I could use the tool of non-violence.
- Himanshu Kumar, activist fighting for the rights of tribals in Chhattisgarh

# He was not for violence and that was his strength. His struggle helped his country with a vision. His democratic and human rights values were his main pillars. I admire the way he, on one hand, met economic and political commitments and on the other hand, also ensured good governance, which has made South Africa what it is today.
- Medha Patkar, social activist

# The world has lost its second Gandhi in Nelson Mandela’s death. Building a nation based on his immortal values of social equality will be a fitting tribute to him.
- Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan

# His fight against apartheid was for the welfare of mankind. We will not find a leader of his stature again. He followed in Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps with a firm belief in non-violence and ignited the torch of peaceful revolution.
- Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar

# He was a real Mahatma, a great human being who fought against apartheid. In his death the entire world has lost a great leader who fought for the highest values and human rights.
- PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal

# He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages... I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life... And like so many around the globe, I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set.
- US President Barack Obama

# He was a man of courage, principle and unquestionable integrity, a great human being, someone of whom we can truly say, ‘He lived a meaningful life.’ I offer my heartfelt condolences to you, the members of your family, the entire people of South Africa.
- Dalai Lama

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