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  • #1
    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

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    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

  • #4
    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

  • #5
    Desmond Tutu
    “My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument." Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #6
    Desmond Tutu
    “Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #7
    Desmond Tutu
    “In the end what matters is not how good we are but how good God is. Not how much we love Him but how much He loves us. And God loves us whoever we are, whatever we’ve done or failed to do, whatever we believe or can’t.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #8
    Desmond Tutu
    “Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #9
    Desmond Tutu
    “You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #10
    Desmond Tutu
    “We learn from history that we don't learn from history!”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #11
    Desmond Tutu
    “When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #12
    Desmond Tutu
    “Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #13
    Desmond Tutu
    “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

  • #14
    Desmond Tutu
    “A person is a person through other persons.

    None of us comes into the world fully formed. We would not know how to think, or walk, or speak, or behave as human beings unless we learned it from other human beings. We need other human beings in order to be human. I am because other people are. A person is entitled to a stable community life, and the first of these communities is the family.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #15
    Desmond Tutu
    “We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful... and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #16
    Desmond Tutu
    “Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #17
    Desmond Tutu
    “To forgive is not just to be altruistic.”
    Desmond Tutu, Believe: The Words and Inspiration of Desmond Tutu

  • #18
    Desmond Tutu
    “Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.”
    Desmond Tutu

  • #19
    Desmond Tutu
    “To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to have chosen sides already. It is to support the status quo.”
    Desmond Tutu, Believe: The Words and Inspiration of Desmond Tutu



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