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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: "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: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "You are either on the side of the oppressed or on the side of the oppressor. You can't be neutral."

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




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: "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: "To remain neutral in situations of injustice is to be complicit in that injustice."

To remain neutral in situations of injustice is to be complicit in that injustice.




Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another, and cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other."

Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another, and cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other.



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

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "If we are going to see real development in the world then our best investment is WOMEN!"

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul."

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




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

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



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

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



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: "Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back."

Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth."

We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there is no future."

Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there is no future.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships."

A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Forgiveness is abandoning your right to revenge."

Forgiveness is abandoning your right to revenge.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action."

Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.



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: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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..."

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...



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute."

True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?"

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



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

Without forgiveness, there's no future.



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: "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: "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: "Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language... It is to say, 'My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.'"

Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language... It is to say, 'My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.'



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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 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: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change."

People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons."

The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "People often speak of God being even-handed. God is not even-handed. God is biased, in favor of the weak, of the despised."

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "I'm absolutely, utterly, and completely certain that God wouldn't be homophobic. I'd much rather go to hell - I really would much rather go to hell - than go to a homophobic heaven."

I'm absolutely, utterly, and completely certain that God wouldn't be homophobic. I'd much rather go to hell - I really would much rather go to hell - than go to a homophobic heaven.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Do your little bit of good where you are."

Do your little bit of good where you are.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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.



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "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."

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

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



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

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



Desmond Tutu Quotes: "Is Zionism racism? I would say yes. It's a policy that to me looks like it has very many parallels with racism. The effect is the same. Whether you call it that or not is in a sense irrelevant."

Is Zionism racism? I would say yes. It's a policy that to me looks like it has very many parallels with racism. The effect is the same. Whether you call it that or not is in a sense irrelevant.