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250 Inspiring Quotes by Desmond Tutu

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Wikipedia Summary for Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was the Bishop of Johannesburg from 1985 to 1986 and then the Archbishop of Cape Town from 1986 to 1996, in both cases being the first black African to hold the position. Theologically, he sought to fuse ideas from black theology with African theology.

Tutu was born of mixed Xhosa and Motswana heritage to a poor family in Klerksdorp, Union of South Africa. Entering adulthood, he trained as a teacher and married Nomalizo Leah Tutu, with whom he had several children. In 1960, he was ordained as an Anglican priest and in 1962 moved to the United Kingdom to study theology at King's College London. In 1966 he returned to southern Africa, teaching at the Federal Theological Seminary and then the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. In 1972, he became the Theological Education Fund's director for Africa, a position based in London but necessitating regular tours of the African continent. Back in southern Africa in 1975, he served first as dean of St Mary's Cathedral in Johannesburg and then as Bishop of Lesotho; from 1978 to 1985 he was general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches. He emerged as one of the most prominent opponents of South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation and white-minority rule. Although warning the National Party government that anger at apartheid would lead to racial violence, as an activist he stressed non-violent protest and foreign economic pressure to bring about universal suffrage.

In 1985, Tutu became Bishop of Johannesburg and in 1986 the Archbishop of Cape Town, the most senior position in southern Africa's Anglican hierarchy. In this position he emphasised a consensus-building model of leadership and oversaw the introduction of women priests. Also in 1986, he became president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, resulting in further tours of the continent. After President F. W. de Klerk released the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and the pair led negotiations to end apartheid and introduce multi-racial democracy, Tutu assisted as a mediator between rival black factions. After the 1994 general election resulted in a coalition government headed by Mandela, the latter selected Tutu to chair the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate past human rights abuses committed by both pro and anti-apartheid groups. Since apartheid's fall, Tutu has campaigned for gay rights and spoken out on a wide range of subjects, among them the Israel-Palestine conflict, his opposition to the Iraq War, and his criticism of South African presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. In 2010, he retired from public life.

Tutu polarised opinion as he rose to notability in the 1970s. White conservatives who supported apartheid despised him, while many white liberals regarded him as too radical; many black radicals accused him of being too moderate and focused on cultivating white goodwill, while Marxist–Leninists criticised his anti-communist stance. He was widely popular among South Africa's black majority, and was internationally praised for his anti-apartheid activism, receiving a range of awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize. He has also compiled several books of his speeches and sermons.


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We mustn't romanticize suffering. It can turn people bitter and hard, although it does seem to have been almost indispensable in making people into the kind of leaders that we admire.

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Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin.

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It is for real that injustice and oppression will not have the last word. There was a time when Hitler looked like he was going to vanquish all of Europe, and where is he now?

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Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.

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People united in pursuit of a righteous cause are unstoppable.

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In our own ways, we are all broken. Out of that brokenness, we hurt others. Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again.

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Restorative justice says "No, the offense affected a relationship" and what you are seeking for is to restore the relationship, to heal the relationship.

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I am not an afterthought I am not an accident.

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

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Forgiveness is simply about understanding that every one of us is both inherently good and inherently flawed.

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Does taking the life of the perpetrator return your mom? No.

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My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument.

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Part 1. When we are willing to let down our defences and look honestly at our actions, we find there is a great freedom in asking for forgiveness and great strength in admitting the wrong.

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Forgiveness and reconciliation are not just ethereal, spiritual, other-worldly activities. They have to do with the real world. They are realpolitik, because in a very real sense, without forgiveness, there is no future.

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Jesus could weep. Sometimes when you look at the ugliness that makes you weep, you know that the heart of God is also weeping. Jesus is for real. He does not give up on anyone, least of all on me.

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You are either on the side of the oppressed or on the side of the oppressor. You can't be neutral.

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Human beings can be awful, but they can also be tremendous.

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The quality of human life on our planet is nothing more than the sum total of our daily interactions with one another. Each time we help, and each time we harm, we have a dramatic impact on our world.

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I think we need to grow in our self-assurance that is not scared of being challenged, that the truth we uphold can stand up to the closest possible scrutiny.

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I wish that we did have a magic wand which we could wave and hey presto! Magic! Unfortunately life is not like that.

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I am fifty-two years of age. I am a bishop in the Anglican Church, and a few people might be constrained to say that I was reasonably responsible. In the land of my birth I cannot vote.

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Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.

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We must not only speak about forgiveness and reconciliation, we must act on these principles.

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There are things that must evoke our anger to show we care. It is what we do with that anger. If we direct that energy we can use it positively or destructively.

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Many people would be surprised that, in fact, I'm quite shy.

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It is very difficult now in South Africa to find anyone who ever supported apartheid.

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Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.

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An abusive relationship should be easy to identify though often one of the most difficult to end.

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And every human being is precious.

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Dream! Dream! And then go for it!

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It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women that we truly measure up as men.

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If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

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Most poor people I know are proud and really want not a handout but a hand up. They do have an inherent pride and dignity, and we should treat them as those who have fallen on bad days.

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Without forgiveness, there is no future.

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When people were hungry, Jesus didn't say, "Now is that political or social?" He said, "I feed you." Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.

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Dream of a world where children can laugh and play and not be blown up by a mine they thought was a toy.

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It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.

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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

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We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.

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The moment our dignity is undermined, we get up in arms and want to see our dignity restored especially if we are humiliated.

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All the United States, it is a society that is split like to the bottom, that had very poor people in the country that is one of the wealthiest countries.

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Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.

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South Africa, so utterly improbably, is a beacon of hope in a dark and troubled world.

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God wants to set the oppressed free from being oppressed and the oppressors free from oppressing.

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Oh, 1994, April 27. There won't be a day like that ever again. I mean, the sky was blue, with a blueness that had never been there before.

--Desmond Tutu

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Love your enemy; it will ruin his reputation.

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Trust is one of the fundamentals of human existence. We need to be able to trust one another. A man who can no longer trust anyone will become sick.

--Desmond Tutu

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Fundamental rights belong to the human being just because you are a human being.

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I think that most of us would say that ubuntu basically speaks about what it means to be human.

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Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

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Some people are able to use Bible as a means of opposing injustice, whereas others are able to find justification.

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For goodness sake, will they hear, will white people hear what we are trying to say? Please, all we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans, too.

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Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.

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We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.

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A person who is assured of the love of God will see his fellow men in a different light and treat them and himself differently, and of course this also applies to business leaders.

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If forgiving depended on the culprit owning up, then the victim would always be at the mercy of the perpetrator. The victim would be bound in the shackles of victimhood.

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Stability and peace in our land will not come from the barrel of a gun, because peace without justice is an impossibility.

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When you nurse a grudge it is not good for your health.

--Desmond Tutu

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People are not born hating each other and wishing to cause harm. It is a learned condition.

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I certainly know that I would not be able to survive if it were not for the fact that I am being upheld by the prayers of so many people.

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If you recall the happiest moments in your life, they are all from when you were doing something for somebody else.

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As the victim, you offer the gift of your forgiving to the perpetrator who may or may not appropriate the gift but it has been offered and thereby it liberates the victim.

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Somewhere deep inside us we seem to know that we are destined for something better than strife.

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Many people ask me what I have learned from all of the experiences in my life, and I say unhesitatingly: People are wonderful. It is true. People really are wonderful.

--Desmond Tutu


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Ubuntu tells us that we can create a more peaceful world by striving for goodness in each moment, wherever we are.

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If you do not for give you actually are tying yourself to the perpetrator, that you are going to live your life as a victim. And you won't experience a liberation that comes from forgiving.

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Once lost, trust can only be regained if we are as good as our word.

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Serve others. The failing recipe for happiness and success is to want the good of others.

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The abolition of the death penalty is making us a civilized society. It shows we actually do mean business when we say we have reverence for life.

--Desmond Tutu

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We are all afflicted by original sin; people succumbing to temptations to do and to be.

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Ubuntu really says if you want to be nice to yourself, start in a way by being nice to the other.

--Desmond Tutu

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God is forever using especially young people, not oldies like us, God likes using young people.

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Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.

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In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies.

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If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is WOMEN!

--Desmond Tutu

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There is only one way to eat an elephant, a bite at a time.

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Forgiving is a gift to the forgiver as well as to the perpetrator.

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My message to the international community is that our silence and complicity especially on the situation in Gaza shames us all. It is almost like the behaviour of the military junta in Burma.

--Desmond Tutu



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As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities.

--Desmond Tutu

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There are times when all of us have been thoughtless, selfish or cruel. But no act is unforgivable; no person is beyond redemption.

--Desmond Tutu

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I'm so thankful a significant majority of Americans are saying no to military intervention. We've got to find a solution that will in the end be one that makes Syria a better country, a better people.

--Desmond Tutu


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People in apartheid South Africa can tell you that God cursed black people when they cursed Him. And so the hermetic people were condemned to be drawers of water and of wood.

--Desmond Tutu

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But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.

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In the end what matters is not how good we are but how good God is. Not how much we love Him but how much He loves us. And God loves us whoever we are, whatever we've done or failed to do, whatever we believe or can't.

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When you think of the sort of things that happen when a genocide happens, it's again not people who are intrinsically evil.

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My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

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The pressure to succeed has a lot to do with why people overstep the line. It is a peculiar weakness of western culture where we have made a fetish of success.

--Desmond Tutu


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What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?

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Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional.

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It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.

--Desmond Tutu

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I believe in MasterPeace. World leaders cannot push back armed conflict alone. We need the whole world to make this happen.

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If we have loved well while we were alive, there is life after death here-our love will go on for generations.

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If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God.

--Desmond Tutu

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The world's forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children's future.

--Desmond Tutu


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We must stop climate change. And we can, if we use the tactics that worked in South Africa against the worst carbon emitters.

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You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.

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Every single one of us can do something, however small, to make a difference.

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Freedom is indivisible. Whites can't enjoy their separate freedoms. They spend too much time and resources defending those freedoms instead of enjoying them.

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You ask when is it that you can say yes we have had enough. It is enough revenge and I think now we have restored the equilibrium. It never happens!

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We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew.

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You don't think we have a copyright to forgiveness, it is done by people everywhere.

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The universe can take quite a while to deliver.

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For both the offender and the victim, the pain is there, often unacknowledged and that is when it can cause harm through festering. When I ignore a physical wound, it does not go away. No, it festers and goes bad.

--Desmond Tutu

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We learn from history that we don't learn from history!

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I am passionately opposed to the death penalty for anyone. I think, myself, that it is an obscenity.

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When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.

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Arrogance really comes from insecurity, and in the end our feeling
that we are bigger than others is really the flip side of our feeling that we are smaller than others.

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A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry.
It gives a chance, an opportunity, to choose well or to choose badly.

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My flock is black, my flock is white. One has got to say to our people, "I love you. I care for you, enormously." And when I care about black liberation, it is because I care about white liberation.

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We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.

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Longer Version:

We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose. We cannot afford to use methods of which we will be ashamed when we look back, when we say, '...we shouldn't have done that.'


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My vote is my secret.

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Until we can forgive, we remain locked in our pain and locked out of the possibility of experiencing healing and freedom, locked out of the possibility of being at peace.

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In terms of the New Testament the Jews must suffer, therefore we will put it into practice if we will in charge and there will be no sympathy for the Jews when the blacks take over.

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Having looked the past in the eye, having asked for forgiveness and having made amends, let us shut the door on the past--not in order to forget it but in order not to allow it to imprison us.

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People sometimes strive after and think they will find deep satisfaction for their psyches in wealth, sex or drugs, but then find that ultimately these things do not satisfy human longings.

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Human beings have a vested interest in being trustworthy.

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Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter -- you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.

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I have absolutely no objection to performance and success as long as they don't become false idols and threaten to rule our lives.

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You are not an afterthought, you are not an accident.

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The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness.

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You know when ubuntu is there, and it is obvious when it is absent. It has to do with what it means to be truly human, to know that you are bound up with others in the bundle of life.

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Give young people a greater voice. They are the future and they are much wiser than we give them credit for.

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In order to turn around and do something better, we must first escape the vicious circle of self-righteousness and denial. And that calls for the humility to say "I'm sorry. Please forgive me.

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To forgive is to abandon your right to pay back the predator in his own coin, but it is the loss that Liberates.

--Desmond Tutu

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As a Christian, I believe in the sanctity of life and that death is a part of life.

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I am a Nobel Peace laureate and my business should be to try to bring stability, not to be a red rag to bulls.

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We would like to see you departing peacefully.

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Part 2. It is how we free ourselves from our past errors. It is how we are able to move forward into our future, unfettered by the mistakes we have made.

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Catharsis returns us to the purpose for which were originally intended -- to be called by God to do good -- and thus ultimately returns us to ourselves.

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I'm so, so thrilled that Pope Francis is there at this crucial moment in the history of our world.

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This is a moral universe, which means that, despite all the evidence that seems to be to the contrary, there is no way that evil and injustice and oppression and lies can have the last word.

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It's a blessing that South Africa has a man like Nelson Mandela.

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There is no peace precisely because there has been no justice. As painful and inconvenient as justice may be, we have seen that the alternative allowing accountability to fall by the wayside is worse.

--Desmond Tutu

Longer Version:

There is no peace in Southern Africa. There is no peace because there is no justice. There can be no real peace and security until there be first justice enjoyed by all the inhabitants of that beautiful land. The Bible knows nothing about peace without justice, for that would be crying "peace, peace, where there is no peace". God's Shalom, peace, involves inevitably righteousness, justice, wholeness, fullness of life, participation in decision-making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing and reconciliation.


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It is not easy to admit one's wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. "I am sorry" are perhaps the three hardest words to say.

--Desmond Tutu

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It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.

--Desmond Tutu

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All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.

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Making the truth public is a form of justice. This is a moral universe and you've got to take account of the fact that truth and lies and goodness and evil are things that matter.

--Desmond Tutu

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Hate has no place in the house of God.

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That's the chief lesson I have learned: the texture of our universe is one where there is no question at all but that good and laughter and justice will prevail.

--Desmond Tutu


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I pray that politicians, lawmakers and religious leaders have the courage to support the choices terminally ill citizens make in departing Mother Earth with dignity and love.

--Desmond Tutu



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Sometimes you want to whisper in God's ear, 'God, we know you are in charge, but why don't you make it slightly more obvious?'

--Desmond Tutu

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I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven.

--Desmond Tutu

Longer Version:

I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.


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The devastation wreaked by landmines is not only horrendous but immoral.

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People often speak of God being even-handed. God is not even-handed. God is biased, in favor of the weak, of the despised.

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I have no doubt that in the future, the laws that criminalize human love and commitment will look the way the apartheid laws do to us now, so obviously wrong.

--Desmond Tutu

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To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.

--Desmond Tutu

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Each of us has a God-shaped space within us. Only God can fill that space. But we run ourselves ragged trying to find things other than God to fill it with.

--Desmond Tutu




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I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't.

--Desmond Tutu

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In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society.

--Desmond Tutu




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Our Christian faith is actually very subversive of the conventional notion of success -- the notion that what invests a person with worth is something extrinsic.

--Desmond Tutu

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God has been incredible in creating us to be persons.

--Desmond Tutu

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Let girls be girls and not brides.

--Desmond Tutu


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God looks at the Middle East, looks at Palestine. When you go to the Holy Land and see what's being done to the Palestinians at checkpoints, for us, it's the kind of thing we experienced in South Africa.

--Desmond Tutu

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You should never hate yourself for hating others who do terrible things: the depth of your love is shown by the extent of your anger.

--Desmond Tutu

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The only separation the Bible knows is between believers on the one hand and unbelievers on the other. Any other kind of separation, division, disunity is of the devil. It is evil and from sin.

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I've never doubted that apartheid -- because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil -- was going to bite the dust eventually.

--Desmond Tutu


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I think that most of us would prefer to be popular than unpopular.

--Desmond Tutu

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When we look at a conflict, it is so often rooted in injustice, prejudice, competition for resources, poverty, poor governance and corruption.

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I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.

--Desmond Tutu

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Life is more than breath and a heartbeat; meaning and purpose are the life of life.

--Desmond Tutu

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People took some part of us and used it to discriminate against us. In our case, it was our ethnicity; it's precisely the same thing for sexual orientation.

--Desmond Tutu

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When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.

--Desmond Tutu

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There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in.

--Desmond Tutu

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In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute -- a white skin.

--Desmond Tutu

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You have seen after Katrina just what failures there are in American Society.

--Desmond Tutu

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I don't want a moratorium on the death penalty. I want the abolition of it. I can't understand why a country USA that's so committed to human rights doesn't find the death penalty an obscenity.

--Desmond Tutu

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Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.

--Desmond Tutu


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The reprisal against the suicide bomber does not bring peace. There is a suicide bomber, a reprisal and then a counter-reprisal. And it just goes on and on.

--Desmond Tutu

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Never let anyone make you feel inferior for being who you are. When you live the life you were meant to live, in freedom and dignity.

--Desmond Tutu

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I hope that when the time comes, I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass on to the next phase of life's journey in the manner of my choice.

--Desmond Tutu

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