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Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.




Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "This is what healing demands. Behavior that is hurtful, shameful, abusive, or demeaning must be brought into the fierce light of truth, and truth can be brutal."

This is what healing demands. Behavior that is hurtful, shameful, abusive, or demeaning must be brought into the fierce light of truth, and truth can be brutal.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.




Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another."

Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.




Desmond Tutu Quotes: "If you are able to talk about your life and the joys and sorrows you have experienced, if you know your story, you are much more likely to be a skillful parent."

If you are able to talk about your life and the joys and sorrows you have experienced, if you know your story, you are much more likely to be a skillful parent.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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?



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.




Desmond Tutu Quotes: "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Though wrong gratifies in the moment, good yields its gifts over a lifetime."

Though wrong gratifies in the moment, good yields its gifts over a lifetime.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "You show your humanity by how you see yourself not as apart from others but from your connection to others."

You show your humanity by how you see yourself not as apart from others but from your connection to others.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy."

We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God."

We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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"

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 Quotes: "Without forgiveness, there's no future."

Without forgiveness, there's no future.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "The way to understand any enemy is to realize that, from his perspective, he is not a villain but a hero."

The way to understand any enemy is to realize that, from his perspective, he is not a villain but a hero.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "We learn from history that we don't learn from history!"

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



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

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 Quotes: "I am 52 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."

I am 52 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.