desmond tutu

Desmond Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. Tutu also campaigns to fight AIDS, poverty and racism. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, and the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005.  Tutu has also penned multiple books of his speeches and sayings.  Here are 10 of his best quotes:

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

“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.”

“A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.”

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

“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.”

“I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.”

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

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

“Resentment and anger are bad for your blood pressure and your digestion.”

“And in many ways, each one of us, of course, is expected to be an icon, an image of that which is invisible, an image of God.”

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  1. Great quotes, they very true, thanks for sharing, I think I will try to remember some of them.

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  2. Great quotes, they very true, thanks for sharing, I think I will try to remember some of them.

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  3. Based on his quotes and the way he speaks I can tell that he’s an intelligent person, dedicated and faithful.. lessons can be learned from his quotes.. thanks for sharing this.

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  4. Based on his quotes and the way he speaks I can tell that he’s an intelligent person, dedicated and faithful.. lessons can be learned from his quotes.. thanks for sharing this.

    Reply

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