Desmond Tutu, fully Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Desmond
Tutu, fully Desmond Mpilo Tutu
1931

South African Cleric and Anti-Apartheid Activist, First Black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, South African Civil Rights Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, Anglican Archbishop, Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, Gandhi Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author Quotes

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.

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

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

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

Without us, God has no eyes, without us, God has no ears; without us, God has no arms or hands. God relies on us. Won't you join other people of faith in becoming God's partners in the world?

You and I are created for transcendence, laughter, caring. God deliberately did not make the world perfect, for God is looking for you and me to be fellow workers with God.

You can never win a war against terror as long as there are conditions in the world that make people desperate — poverty, disease, ignorance, et cetera. I think people are beginning to realize that you can't have pockets of prosperity in one part of the world and huge deserts of poverty and deprivation and think that you can have a stable and secure world.

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

You have to understand that the Bible is really a library of books and it has different categories of material. There are certain parts which you have to say no to. The Bible accepted slavery. St Paul said women should not speak in church at all and there are people who have used that to say women should not be ordained. There are many things that you shouldn't accept.

You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

You stand out in the crowd only because you have these many, many carrying you on their shoulders.

Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.

Your president is the pits as far as blacks are concerned. I think the West, for my part, can go to hell.

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.

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.

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.

Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence.

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

I will never tell anyone to pick up a gun. But I will pray for the man who picks up a gun, pray that he will be less cruel than he might otherwise have been....

Injustice and oppression will never prevail. Those who are powerful have to remember the litmus test that God gives to the powerful: what is your treatment of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless? And on the basis of that, God passes judgment.

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.

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.

We in South Africa had a relatively peaceful transition. If our madness could end as it did, it must be possible to do the same everywhere else in the world. If peace could come to South Africa, surely it can come to the Holy Land.

And every human being is precious.

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.

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First Name
Desmond
Last Name
Tutu, fully Desmond Mpilo Tutu
Birth Date
1931
Bio

South African Cleric and Anti-Apartheid Activist, First Black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, South African Civil Rights Leader, Nobel Prize Winner, Anglican Archbishop, Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, Gandhi Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom