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Quotes By Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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17-10-1931

On 22nd March 2014, in an interview, a 43-year-old man remembered a dreadful incident from his past involving his parents. He was then a young boy who could do nothing but watch his father physically and verbally abuse his mother under the influence of liquor.  

His inability to protect his mother from the ‘demonic’ clutches of his alcoholic father, led to the building of frustration and anger within this young lad. This boy wanted to hurt his father back, for the way he had tormented his mother, ruined her life and consequently his too. As time went by, this unfortunate boy grew up to be the opposite of what he was. The boy we are speaking about is none other than Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is considered to be the epitome of forgiveness. During this 2014 chat, Tutu said that even though forgiveness is an exceptionally tough task, if his father came back from the dead he would forgive him.

When asked if he was given a chance to talk to his father now, he says “I would begin by thanking him for all the wonderful things he did for me as my father, but then I would tell him that there was this one thing that hurt me very much. I would tell him how, what he did to my mother affected me, how it pained me.” Desmond believes that every human should be forgiven, since we all make mistakes. "I am sorry" are the toughest words to utter, says the Archbishop. The pontiff opines that there is immense happiness in asking for forgiveness and it is divine to accept apology. Probably, it was these ideologies that helped him reach great heights in life. Being graced with awards like ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ and the ‘Gandhi Peace Prize’ speak volumes about the transformation of this person from being a grief-stricken little boy to a wise man.

We are made for loving. If we don?t love, we will be like plants without water.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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

- Archbishop 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.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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

- Archbishop 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.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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

- Archbishop 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.

- Archbishop 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.

- Archbishop 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.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

We would like to see you departing peacefully.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Without forgiveness, there's no future.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

When a pile of cups is tottering on the edge of the table and you warn that they will crash to the ground, in South Africa you are blamed when that happens.

- Archbishop 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.

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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