Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one’s commitment.

— Long Walk To Freedom

Dear President Mandela, if there were degrees bestowed by the prison-universities for their patience, perseverance and commitment courses, then I wish to say that you have gone far, far beyond the Ph.D. level. Indeed, the ‘education’ you and others received was too harsh for any human being, and specially for political prisoners. Such being the case, it is my fervent prayer that this inhuman kind of treatment be abolished altogether.

From:Sri Chinmoy,Nelson Mandela: the Pinnacle-Pillar of Mother Earth, Agni Press, 1998
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