What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
I am not a saint, unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.Addendum: my friend John Wirenius has these sage remarks.
Second addendum: here's a video of Dire Straits (Mark Knopfler on vocal) with Eric Clapton performing a tribute to Mandela on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Wembley Stadium, London, 1988 (thanks to my friend Mickey Waldrup for the link):
Photo at top: Wikimedia Commons.