Desmond Tutu

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Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town and bishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). Tutu's admirers see him as a great man who, since the demise of apartheid, has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986; the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987; the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999; the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He has also compiled several bo... More

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Desmond Tutu #Amazing #God

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

Photo of Desmond Tutu You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
Desmond Tutu #Family #God #Religion

Photo of Desmond Tutu The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated.
Desmond Tutu #Best #Education

Photo of Desmond Tutu It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.
Desmond Tutu #God #Smile

Photo of Desmond Tutu But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.
Desmond Tutu #Good

Photo of Desmond Tutu Do your little bit of good where you are its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Desmond Tutu #Forgiveness

Photo of Desmond Tutu Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.
Desmond Tutu #Freedom

Photo of Desmond Tutu The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Desmond Tutu #Peace #Society

Photo of Desmond Tutu In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society.
Desmond Tutu #Forgiveness #Future

Photo of Desmond Tutu Without forgiveness, there's no future.
Desmond Tutu #Freedom

Photo of Desmond Tutu Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.
Desmond Tutu #Freedom #Peace

Photo of Desmond Tutu In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.
Desmond Tutu #Forgiveness

Photo of Desmond Tutu 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.
Desmond Tutu #God

Photo of Desmond Tutu In my country of South Africa, we struggled for years against the evil system of apartheid that divided human beings, children of the same God, by racial classification and then denied many of them fundamental human rights.
Desmond Tutu #Hope

Photo of Desmond Tutu Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.
Desmond Tutu #Hope

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

Photo of Desmond Tutu I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.
Desmond Tutu #Peace

Photo of Desmond Tutu If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Desmond Tutu #Peace

Photo of 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 #Society

Photo of 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.
Desmond Tutu #Dreams #Future

Photo of Desmond Tutu 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.
Desmond Tutu #God

Photo of Desmond Tutu We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.
Desmond Tutu #History

Photo of Desmond Tutu 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.
Desmond Tutu #History

Photo of Desmond Tutu In its history, Europe has committed so many massacres and horrors that it should bow its own head in shame.
Desmond Tutu #Religion

Photo of Desmond Tutu 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.