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Quote: Part 1. When we are willing to let down our defences and look honestly at our actions, we find there is a great freedom in asking for forgiveness and great strength in admitting the wrong. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Part 1. When we are willing to let down our defences and look honestly at our actions, we find there is a great freedom in asking for forgiveness and great strength in admitting the wrong.


Quote: It is not easy to admit one's wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. I am sorry are perhaps the three hardest words to say. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

It is not easy to admit one's wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. I am sorry are perhaps the three hardest words to say.


Quote: There are times when all of us have been thoughtless, selfish or cruel. But no act is unforgivable; no person is beyond redemption. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

There are times when all of us have been thoughtless, selfish or cruel. But no act is unforgivable; no person is beyond redemption.


Quote: Forgiveness is simply about understanding that every one of us is both inherently good and inherently flawed. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Forgiveness is simply about understanding that every one of us is both inherently good and inherently flawed.


Quote: Until we can forgive, we remain locked in our pain and locked out of the possibility of experiencing healing and freedom, locked out of the possibility of being at peace. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Until we can forgive, we remain locked in our pain and locked out of the possibility of experiencing healing and freedom, locked out of the possibility of being at peace.


Quote: We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

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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.'


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: We would like to see you departing peacefully. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

We would like to see you departing peacefully.


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor; they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor, and they should know that they are buttressing one of the most vicious systems. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Those who invest in South Africa should not think they are doing us a favor; they are here for what they get out of our cheap and abundant labor, and they should know that they are buttressing one of the most vicious systems.


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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




Quote: As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities.


Quote: My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: I've never doubted that apartheid -- because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil -- was going to bite the dust eventually. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

I've never doubted that apartheid -- because it was of itself fundamentally, intrinsically evil -- was going to bite the dust eventually.


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society.


Quote: In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies.


Quote: We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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


Quote: Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice.


Quote: Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies.


Quote: It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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


Quote: Hate has no place in the house of God. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Hate has no place in the house of God.


Quote: Many people would be surprised that, in fact, I'm quite shy. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Many people would be surprised that, in fact, I'm quite shy.


Quote: What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled? by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled?


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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.


Quote: I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't.


Quote: But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next.


Quote: 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. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of Desmond Tutu quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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


Quote: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. by author Desmond Tutu overlaid on photo of photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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


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