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  • You must show the world that you abhor fighting.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • 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)

  • The central concern is the healing of breaches, the redressing of imbalances, the restoration of broken relationship, a seeking to rehabilitate both the victim and the perpetrator, who should be given opportunity to be reintegrated into the community he has injured by his offense.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • I don't preach a social gospel I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. 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.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
    (Desmond Tutu)


  • You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • We in Africa wonder Can the world outside see the human beings -- or the potential partners -- behind the unrelenting despair.
    (Desmond Tutu)

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

  • 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.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the table and you warn that they will crash to the ground, in South Africa you are blamed when that happens.
    (Desmond Tutu)

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

  • I said yes, and Tutu said, 'He's not very articulate,' which he isn't. He said, 'Is he the most loved man in the world' I said yes. 'Who is the most loved woman' Mother Teresa was still alive at the time, so I said her. He replied, 'Yes, and what are these people These people are good. And why do we love them Because they warm us. They warm us.'
    (Desmond Tutu)

  • Sometimes people think (that) to see that we are family is to be sentimental. But one has to say This is one of the most radical things, actually. When we do what we think is charitable, it isn't anything more than our obligation as family members.
    (Desmond Tutu)


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