The best sentences we read today

--- "I never once heard him mention God or heaven or any kind of afterlife. Nelson Mandela believed in justice in this lifetime."

--- "And he was, in fact, like a leader from another era, the pre-television era, with his courtliness, his seriousness, his indifference to the camera."

--- "The solution was to love him into acquiescence."

--- "Today we lost not only an international hero and a symbol of the resilient human spirit, but also the very first political figure ever who people actively wish was still alive and affecting world affairs."

--- "The words 'Nelson Mandela is dead' feel strange in the mouth today, almost impossible to say, given the unique way he was both martyred and canonised during his lifetime."

Lydia DePillis is a reporter focusing on labor, business, and housing. She previously worked at The New Republic and the Washington City Paper. She's from Seattle.
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Lydia DePillis · December 5, 2013