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

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

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

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

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.

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

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you've closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you've closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.

God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.

God's dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.

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.

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.

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

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

In my country of South Africa, we struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human beings, children of the same God, by racial classification and then denied many of them fundamental human rights. ---->>>

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

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

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

We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity. ---->>>

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden. ---->>>

If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

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. ---->>>

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? ---->>>

A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons. ---->>>

Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?

Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?

God is not upset that Gandhi was not a Christian, because God is not a Christian! All of God's children and their different faiths help us to realize the immensity of God. ---->>>

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

God's love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion.

God's love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion.

Europe became rich because it exploited Africa; and the Africans know that. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime. ---->>>

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.

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.

I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. ---->>>

The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.

The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.

Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC's military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge. ---->>>

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

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

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

For Christians, who believe they are created in the image of God, it is the Godhead, diversity in unity and the three-in-oneness of God, which we and all creation reflect. ---->>>

Universal education is not only a moral imperative but an economic necessity, to pave the way toward making many more nations self-sufficient and self-sustaining. ---->>>

The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize, things that I said yesterday, with nobody paying too much attention, I say the same things after I got it - oh! It was quite crucial for people, and it helped our morale because apartheid did look invincible.

The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize, things that I said yesterday, with nobody paying too much attention, I say the same things after I got it - oh! It was quite crucial for people, and it helped our morale because apartheid did look invincible.

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. ---->>>

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

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

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that's where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.

Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that's where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.

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

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

We would like to see you departing peacefully. ---->>>

Hate has no place in the house of God.

Hate has no place in the house of God.

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

I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. ---->>>

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

And every human being is precious. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

In the Bible, we first encounter God when he sides with a bunch of slaves against a powerful Pharaoh, an act of grace freely given.

In the Bible, we first encounter God when he sides with a bunch of slaves against a powerful Pharaoh, an act of grace freely given.

I don't think I've ever felt that same kind of peace, the kind of serenity that I felt after acknowledging that maybe I was going to die of this TB. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

You must show the world that you abhor fighting. ---->>>

God is patient with us to become the God's children he wants us to be but you really can see him weeping. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor; they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor, and they should know that they are buttressing one of the most vicious systems. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Niger is not an isolated island of desperation. It lies within a sea of problems across Africa - particularly the 'forgotten emergencies' in poor countries or regions with little strategic or material appeal. ---->>>

In its history, Europe has committed so many massacres and horrors that it should bow its own head in shame. ---->>>

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

You stand out in the crowd only because you have these many, many carrying you on their shoulders. ---->>>

When we see the face of a child, we think of the future. We think of their dreams about what they might become, and what they might accomplish.

When we see the face of a child, we think of the future. We think of their dreams about what they might become, and what they might accomplish.

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

The universe can take quite a while to deliver. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

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

Biography

Nationality: South Afric
Born: 10-07, 1931
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Desmond Mpilo Tutu, CH (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa) (wikipedia)