Johannesburg • World leaders, family, friends and thousands of mourners who queued for hours to secure a seat in Johannesburg's FNB stadium paid tribute to South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Here's a selection of quotes from the speeches at the memorial service and from mourners attending the event compiled by The Associated Press:
"For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe — Madiba's passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate a heroic life," said U.S. President Barack Obama in his speech at the memorial service, calling Mandela a "a giant of history ... In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; through persistence and faith ... He accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price ... We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the people of Africa, and young people around the world: You can make his life's work your own."