Desmond Tutu Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old desmond tutu quotes, desmond tutu sayings, and desmond tutu proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.     

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Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to relaize our need of one another.     

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.     

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Hope is being able to see there is light despite all the darkness.     

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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.     

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

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

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We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose.     

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Arrogance really comes from insecurity, and in the end our feeling that we are bigger than others is really the flip side of our feeling that we are smaller than others.     

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Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.     

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

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Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.     

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To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.     

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Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.     

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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.     

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

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The world's forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children's future.     

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We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water.     

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Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.     

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Life is more than breath and a heartbeat; meaning and purpose are the life of life.     

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Stability and peace in our land will not come from the barrel of a gun, because peace without justice is an impossibility.     

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True reconciliation is never cheap, for it is based on forgiveness which is costly. Forgiveness in turn depends on repentance, which has to be based on an acknowledgment of what was done wrong, and therefore on disclosure of the truth. You cannot forgive what you do not know.     

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

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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.     

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Every situation of justice is an occasion where someone is being humiliated and they want to restore their dignity.     

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The moment our dignity is undermined, we get up in arms and want to see our dignity restored especially if we are humiliated.     

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It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.     

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Arrogance really comes from insecurity, and in the end our feeling that we are bigger than others is really the flip side of our feeling that we are smaller than others.     

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The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons.     

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