30+ Best Desmond Tutu Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH GCStJ is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa. Inspirational Desmond Tutu quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

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Most Famous Desmond Tutu Quotes

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

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

You must show the world that you abhor fighting.

My father used to say, don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.

There is nothing more difficult than waking someone who is only pretending to be asleep.

We inhabit a universe that is characterized by diversity.

The pressure to succeed has a lot to do with why people overstep the line. It is a peculiar weakness of western culture where we have made a fetish of success.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

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

If we are going to bring about change, then men, for goodness sake, stand up.

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

I’m coming to believe more and more in the truth that everything we do has consequences. a good deed doesn’t just evaporate and disappear.

It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone.

Today we have no excuses.

Inspirational Desmond Tutu Quotes

Without forgiveness, there’s no future.

Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.

The truth of who we are is that we are because we belong.

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.

Ultimately our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others.

Love is stronger than hate.

Forgiveness does not mean condoning what has been done. Forgiving means abandoning your right to pay back the perpetrator in his own coin.

All we are asking you to do is to recognize that we are humans too.

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.

Dream. Dream. And then go for it!

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

If you change the names, the description of what is happening in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank would be a description of what is happening in South Africa.

Your ordinary acts of hope and love point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.

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.

We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.

Bringing people together is what I call ‘ubuntu’ which means ‘I am because we are.’ Far too often people think of themselves as just individuals separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

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

Apartheid is an evil.

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

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

It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women that we measure up as men.

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