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

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.

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.

At home in South Africa I have sometimes said in big meetings where you have black and white together: 'Raise your hands!' Then I have said: 'Move your hands,' and I've said 'Look at your hands - different colors representing different people. You are the Rainbow People of God.'

Freedom and liberty lose out by default because good people are not vigilant.

I am fifty-two years of age. I am a bishop in the Anglican Church, and a few people might be constrained to say that I was reasonably responsible. In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute — a white skin.

If you want to keep people subjugated, the last thing you place in their hands is a Bible. There's nothing more radical, nothing more revolutionary, nothing more subversive against injustice and oppression than the Bible.

Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?

Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.

The universe can take quite a while to deliver.

We refuse to be treated as the doormat for the government to wipe its jackboots on.

Because forgiveness is like this: a room can be dank because you have closed the windows, you've closed the curtains. But the sun is shining outside, and the air is fresh outside. In order to get that fresh air, you have to get up and open the window and draw the curtains apart.

Fundamental rights belong to the human being just because you are a human being.

Author Picture
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