Nelson Mandela smiles as he watches the coronation ceremony of Bafokeng's King Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi at a sports stadium in Phokeng, 120 km (81 miles) north of Johannesburg, in this August 16, 2003 file photo. Mandela has passed away on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95. Credit: Reuters It's no secret that former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died today, inspired people all around the world. Here is what celebrities had to say about the renowned Nobel Peace Prize laureate and freedom fighter.
"More than any human being, Madiba has been the great inspiration for the life I lead and the work I do." - Former US president Bill Clinton
"He's all about perseverance to transform negativity into positivity. His entire life represents the alchemy of humanity." - Will Smith
"Nelson Mandela said to me that he thinks he's not getting into heaven. I'm thinking, 'If you're not going to heaven, then I am screwed.'" - South African-born actress Charlize Theron
"The important thing is to preserve Mandela's memory. The important thing is his teaching, his spirit must carry. I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that and to see they inspire." - The Dalai Lama
“What an honor it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.” - Idris Elba