The “Robben Island Bible,” a copy of the complete works of William Shakespeare that was smuggled into South Africa’s notorious apartheid-era Robben Island prison and passed around from cell to cell and read secretively.
The leading prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, signed their favorite sections. Mandela’s was from Julius Caesar:
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.