Quotes by Desmond Tutu

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
– Desmond Tutu

Resentment and anger are bad for your blood pressure and your digestion.
– Desmond Tutu

Without forgiveness there can be no future for a relationship between individuals or within and between nations.
-Desmond Tutu

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

It is true that when we harm others, we harm ourselves; but it is just as true that when we help others, we also help ourselves.
– Desmond Tutu

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

We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.
– Desmond Tutu

Freedom and liberty lose out by default because good people are not vigilant.
– Desmond Tutu

Differences are not inteded to separate or to alinate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
– Desmond Tutu

Human beings are fundamentally good. The aberration, in fact, is the evil one, for God created us ultimately for God, for goodness, for laughter, for joy, for compassion, for caring.
– 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

Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
– Desmond Tutu

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

Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering–remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened.
– Desmond Tutu

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

Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. 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

Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.
– Desmond Tutu

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

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.
– 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

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