From Julius Caesar, marked by Mandela in a copy of The Complete Works, held by fellow ANC prisoner on Robben Island.
“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”
from Julius Caesar (Caesar to his wife, Calpurnia)
dated December 16, 1977 – originally a celebration of White Supremacy – marking a Boer defeat of the Zulus – but now celebrated as “Day of Reconcilliation”
Thanks to scholar David Schalkwyk.