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    Family isn't about whose blood you have. It's about who you care about.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: care  blood 
     
    You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: gift  god 
     
    A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.
    — Desmond Tutu
    Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.
    — Desmond Tutu
    We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: truth  alone  god  learn 
     
    There is nothing more difficult than waking someone who is only pretending to be asleep.
    — Desmond Tutu
    It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.
    — Desmond Tutu
    We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: loving  water 
     
    Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: children  suffering  child  god  sorry 
     
    A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: people  knowing 
     
    Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone's back.
    — Desmond Tutu
    Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.
    — Desmond Tutu
    Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter - you are just there in front of the fire. You don't have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: smart  fire  winter 
     
    In the end what matters is not how good we are but how good God is. Not how much we love Him but how much He loves us. And God loves us whoever we are, whatever we've done or failed to do, whatever we believe or can't.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: believe  god 
     
    When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: enemies  humanity  hate  risk  enemy 
     
    We learn from history that we don't learn from history!
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: learn 
     
    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.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: eyes  bible  africa 
     
    Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.
    — 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
    tags: people  god  heaven  standard  sinner 
     
    My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument." Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: lies  right  father 
     
    Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.
    — 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
    tags: chance  right 
     
    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
    tags: appreciate 
     
    Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
    — Desmond Tutu
    tags: world 
     
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    desmond tutu
    Birth    : October 7, 1931
    Occupation  : Activist

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