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Desmond Tutu quotes

A selection of the best quotes of Desmond Tutu, a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who became world famous due to his opposition to apartheid. Among this quotes you'll find Tutu's views on: God, forgivness, politics, racial diversity and human nature. Enjoy!

Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate


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.

Hate has no place in the house of God


Hate has no place in the house of God.

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


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

It s a blessing that South Africa has a man like Nelson Mandela


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

When we see the face of a child we think of the future


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.

God is patient with us to become the God s children he wants us to be but you...


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

I certainly know that I would not be able to survive if it were not for the f...


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.

I don t think I ve ever felt that same kind of peace the kind of serenity th...


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.

I ve never doubted that apartheid - because it was of itself fundamentally i...


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

In its history Europe has committed so many massacres and horrors that it sh...


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

Oh 1994 April 27


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.

The universe can take quite a while to deliver


The universe can take quite a while to deliver.

When you think of the sort of things that happen when a genocide happens it ...


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

You must show the world that you abhor fighting


You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

For Christians who believe they are created in the image of God it is the G...


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.

In South Africa we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace withou...


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.

All the United States it is a society that is split like to the bottom that...


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.

The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize things that I said yesterday with ...


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.

Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor


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.

Universal education is not only a moral imperative but an economic necessity ...


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.

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