Desmond Mpilo Tutu, CH is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).Tutu’s admirers see him as a great man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed.
You Don't Choose Your Family. They Are God's Gift To You, As You Are To Them.
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.
We May Be Surprised At The People We Find In Heaven. God Has A Soft Spot For Sinners. His Standards Are Quite Low.
But God Can Only Smile Because Only God Can Know What Is Coming Next.
God's Dream Is That You And I And All Of Us Will Realize That We Are Family, That We Are Made For Togetherness, For Goodness, And For Compassion.
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.
I Wish I Could Shut Up, But I Can't, And I Won't.
If You Want Peace, You Don't Talk To Your Friends. You Talk To Your Enemies.
Isn't It Amazing That We Are All Made In God's Image, And Yet There Is So Much Diversity Among His People?
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.
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.
Hope Is Being Able To See That There Is Light Despite All Of The Darkness.
God's Love Is Too Great To Be Confined To Any One Side Of A Conflict Or To Any One Religion.
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.
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.
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.
Europe Became Rich Because It Exploited Africa; And The Africans Know That.
In Its History, Europe Has Committed So Many Massacres And Horrors That It Should Bow Its Own Head In Shame.
Hate Has No Place In The House Of God.
How Could You Have A Soccer Team If All Were Goalkeepers? How Would It Be An Orchestra If All Were French Horns?
You Stand Out In The Crowd Only Because You Have These Many, Many Carrying You On Their Shoulders.
Without Forgiveness, There's No 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.
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.
People Often Speak Of God Being Even-handed. God Is Not Even-handed. God Is Biased, In Favor Of The Weak, Of The Despised.
It Is Our Moral Obligation To Give Every Child The Very Best Education Possible.
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.
You Must Show The World That You Abhor Fighting.
For Goodness Sake, Will They Hear, Will White People Hear What We Are Trying To Say? Please, All We Are Asking You To Do Is To Recognize That We Are Humans, Too.
My Humanity Is Bound Up In Yours, For We Can Only Be Human Together.
God Is Patient With Us To Become The God's Children He Wants Us To Be But You Really Can See Him Weeping.
Niger Is Not An Isolated Island Of Desperation. It Lies Within A Sea Of Problems Across Africa - Particularly The 'Forgotten Emergencies' In Poor Countries Or Regions With Little Strategic Or Material Appeal.
God Is Not Upset That Gandhi Was Not A Christian, Because God Is Not A Christian! All Of God's Children And Their Different Faiths Help Us To Realize The Immensity Of God.
Do Your Little Bit Of Good Where You Are; It's Those Little Bits Of Good Put Together That Overwhelm The World.
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.
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.
Inclusive, Good-quality Education Is A Foundation For Dynamic And Equitable Societies.
When You Think Of The Sort Of Things That Happen When A Genocide Happens, It's Again Not People Who Are Intrinsically Evil.
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.
Be Nice To Whites, They Need You To Rediscover Their Humanity.
The Universe Can Take Quite A While To Deliver.
The Universe Can Take Quite A While To Deliver.
In My Country Of South Africa, We Struggled For Years Against The Evil System Of Apartheid That Divided Human Beings, Children Of The Same God, By Racial Classification And Then Denied Many Of Them Fundamental Human Rights.
Forgiveness Says You Are Given Another Chance To Make A New Beginning.
Exclusion Is Never The Way Forward On Our Shared Paths To Freedom And Justice.
The God Who Existed Before Any Religion Counts On You To Make The Oneness Of The Human Family Known And Celebrated.
We Inhabit A Universe That Is Characterized By Diversity.
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.
I Am A Leader By Default, Only Because Nature Does Not Allow A Vacuum.
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.