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All Quotes by author - Desmond Tutu
" 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. "
" And every human being is precious. "
" A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons. "
" As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities. "
" 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. "
" Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC's military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge. "
" Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. "
" Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. "
" But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next. "
" Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are. "
" Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. "
" Europe became rich because it exploited Africa; and the Africans know that. "
" Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice. "
" 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. "
" Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" God is patient with us to become the God's children he wants us to be but you really can see him weeping. "
" 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. "
" God's love is too great to be confined to any one side of a conflict or to any one religion. "
" Hate has no place in the house of God. "
" Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. "
" How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? "
" I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum. "
" 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. "
" 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 that I felt after acknowledging that maybe I was going to die of this TB. "
" 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. "
" If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. "
" I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. "
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