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You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. Desmond Tutu#Family 910
Desmond Tutu#Family 910
Inclusive, good-quality education is a foundation for dynamic and equitable societies. Desmond Tutu#Education 114
Desmond Tutu#Education 114
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. Desmond Tutu#Peace 68
Desmond Tutu#Peace 68
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#Religion 68
Desmond Tutu#Religion 68
Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. Desmond Tutu#Nice 67
Desmond Tutu#Nice 67
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. Desmond Tutu#Compassion 64
Desmond Tutu#Compassion 64
Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that's where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency. Desmond Tutu#Peace 62
Desmond Tutu#Peace 62
Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC's military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge. Desmond Tutu#Forgiveness 61
Desmond Tutu#Forgiveness 61
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. Desmond Tutu#Society 60
Desmond Tutu#Society 60
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. Desmond Tutu#Attribute 59
Desmond Tutu#Attribute 59
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