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

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There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river.

We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in.


Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.

Desmond Tutu quote Be careful what you say. Words do not on

Be careful what you say. Words do not only describe reality. Words create reality.


Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another, and cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other.

Desmond Tutu quote Don't raise your voice, improve your arg

Don't raise your voice, improve your argument.


If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.


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


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We are all connected. What unites us is our common humanity. I don't want to oversimplify things - but the suffering of a mother who has lost her child is not dependent on her nationality, ethnicity or religion. White, black, rich, poor, Christian, Muslim or Jew - pain is pain - joy is joy.

Desmond Tutu quote Let us celebrate Madiba together, and no

Let us celebrate Madiba together, and not let him down.


My father always used to say, "Don't raise your voice. Improve your argument."


True reconciliation is never cheap, for it is based on forgiveness which is costly. Forgiveness in turn depends on repentance, which has to be based on an acknowledgment of what was done wrong, and therefore on disclosure of the truth. You cannot forgive what you do not know.


It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.


God places us in the world as his fellow workers-agents of transfiguration.

We work with God so that injustice is transfigured into justice, so there will be more compassion and caring, that there will be more laughter and joy, that there will be more togetherness in God's world.


My message to the international community is that our silence and complicity especially on the situation in Gaza shames us all. It is almost like the behaviour of the military junta in Burma


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


About Desmond Tutu

Quotes 508 sayings
Nationality South African
Profession Cleric
Birthday October 7, 1931

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.


Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning.


We are living in an historic moment. We are each called to take part in a great transformation. Our survival as a species is threatened by global warming, economic meltdown, and an ever-increasing gap between rich and poor. Yet these threats offer an opportunity to awaken as an interconnected and beloved community.


As much as the world has an instinct for evil and is a breeding ground for genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, war, oppression, and injustice, the world has an even greateer instinct for goodness, rebirth, mercy, beauty, truth, freedom and love.


Without memory, there is no healing. Without forgiveness, there is no future.


I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid.


Niger is not an isolated island of desperation.

It lies within a sea of problems across Africa - particularly the 'forgotten emergencies' in poor countries or regions with little strategic or material appeal.


A person is a person through other persons;

you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.


Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental.

No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.


The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.


I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven.

No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.


I am fifty-two years of age. I am a bishop in the Anglican Church, and a few people might be constrained to say that I was reasonably responsible. In the land of my birth I cannot vote...


True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute.


How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?


If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.


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


Without forgiveness, there's no future.


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.


Universal education is not only a moral imperative but an economic necessity, to pave the way toward making many more nations self-sufficient and self-sustaining.


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.


If we could but recognize our common humanity, that we do belong together, that our destinies are bound up in one another's, that we can be free only together, that we can be human only together, then a glorious world would come into being where all of us lived harmoniously together as members of one family, the human family.


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


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.


Too frequently we think we have to do spectacular things.

Yet if we remember that the sea is actually made up of drops of water and each drop counts, each one of us can do our little bit where we are. Those little bits can come together and almost overwhelm the world. Each one of us can be an oasis of peace.


Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.


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.


People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.


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


The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons.


I'm absolutely, utterly, and completely certain that God wouldn't be homophobic.

I'd much rather go to hell - I really would much rather go to hell - than go to a homophobic heaven.


We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities, foundations, corporations, individuals and cultural institutions... to move their money out of the problem (fossil fuels) and into the solutions (renewable energy)


In the Bible, we first encounter God when he sides with a bunch of slaves against a powerful Pharaoh, an act of grace freely given.


It is quite exhilarating to speak about a God who has an incredible bias, a notorious bias in favor of the downtrodden. You look at Exodus and the Israelites' escape from a bottomless pit. God is not evenhanded. God is biased up to his eyebrows.


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.


The moment our dignity is undermined, we get up in arms and want to see our dignity restored - especially if we are humiliated.


Do your little bit of good where you are.


We have a planet that is at risk, where resources don't have a permanent life.

We are going to have to make the decision: are we going to survive or are we waiting for our extinction? One day we will wake up and find people are fighting not for oil but water.