1. 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.

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

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  3. 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, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute

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  4. When you think of the sort of things that happen when a genocide happens, it's again not people who are intrinsically evil.

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  5. In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime.

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  6. Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people?

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  7. The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize, things that I said yesterday, with nobody paying too much attention, I say the same things after I got it - oh! It was quite crucial for people, and it helped our morale because apartheid did look invincible.

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  8. People often speak of God being even-handed. God is not even-handed. God is biased, in favor of the weak, of the despised.

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

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  10. I mean in the South African case, many of those who were part of death squads would have been respectable members of their white community, people who went to church on Sunday, every Sunday.

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  11. All the United States, it is a society that is split like to the bottom, that had very poor people in the country that is one of the wealthiest countries.

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  12. 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.

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