Desmond Tutu Quotes

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
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Twenty-five years ago people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.
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Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
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People are not born hating each other and wishing to cause harm. It is a learned condition.
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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 don’t want to repeat what happened.
– Desmond Tutu

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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!
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Differences are not inteded to separate or to alinate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
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Freedom and liberty lose out by default because good people are not vigilant.
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Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone’s back.
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Resentment and anger are bad for your blood pressure and your digestion.
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Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
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Without forgiveness there can be no future for a relationship between individuals or within and between nations.
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We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.
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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
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There is a story, which is fairly well known, about when the missionaries came to Africa. They had the Bible and we, the natives, had the land. They said “Let us pray,” and we dutifully shut our eyes. When we opened them, why, they now had the land and we had the Bible.
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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.
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Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.
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