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quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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
quote by Desmond Tutu: If you recall the happiest moments in your life, they are all from when you were doing something for somebody else. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

If you recall the happiest moments in your life, they are all from when you were doing something for somebody else.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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
quote by Desmond Tutu: Give young people a greater voice. They are the future and they are much wiser than we give them credit for. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: We learn from history that we don't learn from history! with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

We learn from history that we don't learn from history!

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: My vote is my secret. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

My vote is my secret.

--Desmond Tutu

quote by Desmond Tutu: All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: Part 2. It is how we free ourselves from our past errors. It is how we are able to move forward into our future, unfettered by the mistakes we have made. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Part 2. It is how we free ourselves from our past errors. It is how we are able to move forward into our future, unfettered by the mistakes we have made.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: It is not easy to admit one's wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness. I am sorry are perhaps the three hardest words to say. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: There are times when all of us have been thoughtless, selfish or cruel. But no act is unforgivable; no person is beyond redemption. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

The simple truth is, we all make mistakes, and we all need forgiveness.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: We must not allow ourselves to become like the system we oppose. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

--Desmond Tutu

Longer Version:

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 by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: We would like to see you departing peacefully. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

We would like to see you departing peacefully.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu

quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: Be nice to the whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

--Desmond Tutu

quote by Desmond Tutu: As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Desmond Tutu

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: In many ways, when you're a Nobel peace laureate, you have an obligation to humankind, to society. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: In God's family, there are no outsiders, no enemies. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by 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. with background image: 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: Hate has no place in the house of God. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

Hate has no place in the house of God.

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

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: What is black empowerment when it seems to benefit not the vast majority but an elite that tends to be recycled? with background image: 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?

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: 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. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: I wish I could shut up, but I can't, and I won't. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: But God can only smile because only God can know what is coming next. with background image: photo of author Desmond Tutu with quote

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

--Desmond Tutu

quote by Desmond Tutu: Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. with background image: 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.

--Desmond Tutu
quote by Desmond Tutu: Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. with background image: silhouette of person's hands forming heart
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Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

--Desmond Tutu

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