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Desmond Tutu
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Each person is a V.S.P. (a Very Special Person) because we are each created in the image of God. Desmond Tutu

I don't know any religion that promotes violence. It is the adherents of whatever religion. Desmond Tutu

I can't for the life of me imagine that God would say, 'I will punish you because you are black; you should have been white. I will punish you because you are a woman; you should have been a man. I punish you because you are homosexual; you ought to have been heterosexual. I can't, I can't for the life of me believe that that is how God sees things. Desmond Tutu

That's the chief lesson I have learned: the texture of our universe is one where there is no question at all but that good and laughter and justice will prevail. Desmond Tutu

We need to be accountable to God's family. Once we start living in a way that is people-friendly to all of God's family, we will also be environment-friendly. Desmond Tutu

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

To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to have chosen sides already. It is to support the status quo. Desmond Tutu

We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose. We cannot afford to use methods of which we will be ashamed when we look back, when we say, '...we shouldn't have done that.' We must remember, my friends, that we have been given a wonderful cause. The cause of freedom! And you and I must be those who will walk with heads held high. We will say, 'We used methods that can stand the harsh scrutiny of history.' Desmond Tutu

The heart of the Christian Gospel is precisely that God is the all holy One; the all powerful One is also the One full of mercy and compassion. He is not a neutral God inhabiting some inaccessible Mount Olympus. He is a God who cares about His children and cares enormously for the weak, the poor, the naked, the downtrodden, the despised. He takes their side not because they are good, since many of them are demonstrably not so. He takes their side because He is that kind of God, and they have no one else to champion them. Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin. Desmond Tutu

If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God. Desmond Tutu

It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul. Desmond Tutu

If God, as they say, is homophobic, I would' worship that God. Desmond Tutu

Is Zionism racism? I would say yes. It's a policy that to me looks like it has very many parallels with racism. The effect is the same. Whether you call it that or not is in a sense irrelevant. Desmond Tutu

To travel only blocks in his own homeland, a grandfather waits on the whim of a teenage soldier. More than an emergency is needed to get to a hospital; less than a crime earns a trip to jail. The lucky ones have a permit to leave their squalor to work in Israel's cities, but their luck runs out when security closes all checkpoints, paralysing an entire people. The indignities, dependence and anger are all too familiar. Desmond Tutu

Each one of us can be an oasis of peace. Desmond Tutu

Serve others. The failing recipe for happiness and success is to want the good of others. Desmond Tutu

Theology reminded me that, however diabolical the act, it did not turn the perpetrator into a demon. We had to distinguish between the deed and the perpetrator, between the sinner and the sin, to hate and condemn the sin while being filled with compassion for the sinner. Desmond Tutu

We must embrace our differences, even celebrate our diversity. We must glory in the fact that God created each of us as unique human beings. God created us different, but God did not create us for separation. God created us different that we might recognize our need for one another. We must reverence our uniqueness, reverence everything that makes us what we are: our language, our culture, our religious tradition. Desmond Tutu

There is a story, which is fairly well known, about when the missionaries came to Africa. They had the Bible and we, the natives, had the land. They said Let us pray, and we dutifully shut our eyes. When we opened them, why, they now had the land and we had the Bible. Desmond Tutu

Give young people a greater voice. They are the future and they are much wiser than we give them credit for. Desmond Tutu

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. Desmond Tutu

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. Desmond Tutu

Hate has no place in the house of God. Desmond Tutu

The universe can take quite a while to deliver. Desmond Tutu

It was relatively easy, we now realize, to categorize countries and nations. You knew who your enemies were and whom you could count on as collaborators and friends. And even more importantly, you had ready-made scapegoats to take the blame when things were going wrong. Desmond Tutu

As much as the world has an instinct for evil and is a breeding ground for genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, war, oppression, and injustice, the world has an even greateer instinct for goodness, rebirth, mercy, beauty, truth, freedom and love. Desmond Tutu

Beware when you take on the Church of God. Others have tried and have bitten the dust. Desmond Tutu

We have a planet that is at risk, where resources don't have a permanent life. We are going to have to make the decision: are we going to survive or are we waiting for our extinction? One day we will wake up and find people are fighting not for oil but water. Desmond Tutu

Some people are able to use Bible as a means of opposing injustice, whereas others are able to find justification. Desmond Tutu

Most of the leading figures of the Old Testament were polygamists. Abraham had several wives and concubines. If they wanted, they could say this was approved in the Bible. Desmond Tutu

Without forgiveness, there is no future. Forgiveness is not nebulous, impractical and idealistic. It's thoroughly realistic. It's real political in the long run. Desmond Tutu

The truth of who we are is that we are because we belong. Desmond Tutu

No one is self-sufficient. And it's not a one-way thing- -the generosity of spirit from one side provokes a response in kind from the other side. Desmond Tutu

We can arrive at better solutions to any problem or pain together, than we can by ourselves. The beauty of the modern age is that you are able to source answers, and sometimes the genius is in the combination of ideas and energy that does not reside in only one person. Desmond Tutu

To forgive is not just to be altruistic. Desmond Tutu

We are living in an historic moment. We are each called to take part in a great transformation. Our survival as a species is threatened by global warming, economic meltdown, and an ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. Yet these threats offer an opportunity to awaken as an interconnected and beloved community. Desmond Tutu

There is no peace precisely because there has been no justice. As painful and inconvenient as justice may be, we have seen that the alternative allowing accountability to fall by the wayside is worse. Desmond Tutu

The destruction of the earth's environment is the human rights challenge of our time. Desmond Tutu

We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities, foundations, corporations, individuals and cultural institutions... to move their money out of the problem (fossil fuels) and into the solutions (renewable energy) Desmond Tutu

And you remember the rainbow in the Bible is the sign of peace. The rainbow is the sign of prosperity. We want peace, prosperity and justice and we can have it when all the people of God, the rainbow people of God, work together. Desmond Tutu

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

It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant. Desmond Tutu

I am passionately opposed to the death penalty for anyone . . . I think, myself, that it is an obscenity . . . Desmond Tutu

True forgiveness deals with the past, all of the past, to make the future possible. We cannot go on nursing grudges even vicariously for those who cannot speak for themselves any longer. We have to accept that we do what we do for generations past, present and yet to come. That is what makes a community a community or a people a people-for better or for worse. Desmond Tutu

I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place. Desmond Tutu

Without forgiveness, there is no future. Desmond Tutu

Where we come from does not determine who we can become. What we look like places no limits on what we can achieve. We should all have the right to express ourselves, all have the right to be heard, all have the right to be what we can be: To reach for the sky and touch the stars. No matter who we are, no matter whether we are man or woman, or rich or poor: My voice, my right. My voice counts. Desmond Tutu

If we are going to bring about change, then men, for goodness sake, stand up and stand for the right. And I say, 'power to the women. Desmond Tutu

People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful - very powerful. Desmond Tutu

Every single one of us can do something, however small, to make a difference. Desmond Tutu

We must not only speak about forgiveness and reconciliation, we must act on these principles. Desmond Tutu

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

Dream of a world where children can laugh and play and not be blown up by a mine they thought was a toy. Desmond Tutu

Our Christian faith is actually very subversive of the conventional notion of success - the notion that what invests a person with worth is something extrinsic. Desmond Tutu

One of the things we might want to learn when considering the failings of others is not to gloat because someone else has tripped up. Desmond Tutu

You might have thought that a world such as ours, so hard-nosed and cynical and brash, would have very little time for transcendence, spiritual values of goodness and compassion, gentleness, and caring, but we actually do experience them. Desmond Tutu

We mustn't romanticize suffering. It can turn people bitter and hard, although it does seem to have been almost indispensable in making people into the kind of leaders that we admire. Desmond Tutu

Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional. Desmond Tutu

I certainly don't think we [The Elders organization] are oracles but I would hope that over our lifetimes we have accumulated some useful experience and perhaps even a modicum of wisdom! We don't have all the answers. Desmond Tutu

It is quite exhilarating to speak about a God who has an incredible bias, a notorious bias in favor of the downtrodden. You look at Exodus and the Israelites' escape from a bottomless pit. God is not evenhanded. God is biased up to his eyebrows. Desmond Tutu

I'm so thankful a significant majority of Americans are saying no to military intervention. We've got to find a solution that will in the end be one that makes Syria a better country, a better people. We can be human only together. Desmond Tutu

Forgiving is not forgetting; its actually remembering-remembering and not using your right to hit back. Its a second chance for a new beginning. And the remembering part is particularly important. Especially if you dont want to repeat what happened. Desmond Tutu

God is not a diversion. Desmond Tutu

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

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. Desmond Tutu

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. Desmond Tutu

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. Desmond Tutu

I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday. Desmond Tutu

Jesus could weep. Sometimes when you look at the ugliness that makes you weep, you know that the heart of God is also weeping. Jesus is for real. He does not give up on anyone, least of all on me. Desmond Tutu

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