Nelson Mandela on the roof of Kholvad House in 1953. (Image: © Herbert Shore)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 
(*18. Juli 1918 Mvezo, Transkei - †5. Dezember 2013 Johannesburg)

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Gandhi himself never ruled out violence absolutely and unreservedly. He conceded the necessity of arms in certain situations. He said, "Where choice is set between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence... I prefer to use arms in defense of honor rather than remain the vile witness of dishonor ..."

"The Sacred Warrior" — essay on Mohandas Gandhi in TIME magazine (3 January 2000)